I'll wait a bit for the SPOT 2 & reviews, especiallly on this site's e-zine. I'd really like the versatility of the SPOT's multi mode messaging.
BUT...the PLRB (Personal Locator Rescue Beacon)mentioned aabove sounds interesting also.
Thanks all for your info. Heck! Another battery-operated gadget to carry. Lessee, Garmin Colorado GPS, SteriPen Adventurer, coin battery headlamp, and next a SPOT. Not to mention an Ortiovox S1 avy beacon in winter. SHEESH!
Someday I'm going to take a trip with just my headlamp, map & compass and some Micropur tablets.