SPOT Connect

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= pair your smartphone with SPOT Connect, and get connected to a global satellite network that lets you send messages and GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere on the planet.

Discussion

Robert Steele:

"This $169 device does NOT include the subscription fees associated with SATCOM. There are some “relatively” low cost options, and a small crowd-sourcing effort to buy a satellite that will provide free SATCOM access to Africa, but the pieces are not there yet." (http://www.phibetaiota.net/2011/03/spot-connect-any-cell-phone-satcomm-capable/)