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Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Inmarsat chambers of policy on 04/23/2013 06:26:18 MDT Print View

Not sure if this was mentioned but Inmarsat now no longer allow pre paid units to roll over after the expiry date if you top up.

I contacted them last week to top up my unit and they did say they would allow 75% roll over without top up until October.

Jeff Issenberg
(ijeff)

Locale: SF Bay Area/Sierras
See Rex's "Briartek Cerberlink experience" posted on 05/11/2013 on 05/27/2013 17:15:41 MDT Print View

Thanks for doing all this research Rex!

After reading this series of articles I was going to go with renting the Briartek Cerberlink for my upcoming Sierra High Route in July see http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=75737&skip_to_post=662482#662482 if you'd like to join us.

I thought I should Google the Briartek and look at some reviews first and found Rex's review here in BPL http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=77088 in which he writes "Bottom line: I will not rent the Briartek Cerberlink again. I had serious problems with both the device and the iPhone app."

Rex also wrote, "I really wanted the Cerberlink to work well". Me too. Thanks for giving it a spin and letting us know. I'm posting this here so it's connected to this series of articles.
-Jeff

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
Re: See Rex's "Briartek Cerberlink experience" posted on 05/11/2013 on 05/27/2013 23:31:11 MDT Print View

Jeff,

I'm glad you found the articles and my experience useful (I would not call it a review).

I should point out that some reviewers were relatively happy with the Cerberlink:

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=72451&skip_to_post=618025#618025
http://www.gizmag.com/briartek-cerberus-smartphone-satellite-rescue-beacon/21837/
http://www.panbo.com/archives/2012/01/briartek_cerberus_the_delorme_inreach_alternative.html
http://www.itstactical.com/digicom/it/stay-connected-anywhere-in-the-world-with-cerberlink/

-- Rex

Richard Russell
(w5yk) - M
Yellowbrick Review on 10/01/2013 07:55:56 MDT Print View

Hi Rex,

I read your article back in April and picked out the Yellowbrick as looking the most interesting. I bought one and took it on a JMT thru-hike a few weeks ago. I was very pleased with it. I am putting together a review here...

Yellowbrick Review

Thanks again for the great write-up you did. Very good work.

Edited by w5yk on 10/01/2013 21:15:33 MDT.

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
Re: Yellowbrick Review on 10/01/2013 20:34:50 MDT Print View

Richard,

Great review, thanks for spending the $$$ for the battery run down tests! The most outstanding feature of the Yellowbrick is incredible battery life.

Another Yellowbrick review, reviews are still rare:
http://korpijaakko.com/2013/09/22/yellowbrick-yb3-review/
"In my opinion the YB v3 is (arguably) the best two-way satellite messaging and tracking device on the market."

And another Yellowbrick short story about a North Pole trip, from an Australian dealer:
http://www.g-layer.com.au/yellowbrick-game-changer-at-the-north-pole/
"At some times on the trip, even some of the satphones were frozen solid, but the Yellowbricks just never stopped working, getting positions and data out to the base team for the entire trip."

-- Rex

Edited by Rex on 10/01/2013 20:40:02 MDT.