That's true, Steve, I will let her choose. And Jeremy, I didn't know that it relied on GSM signals to transmit. Are you sure about that? I will have to take a closer look at the specs.
I was pretty frustrated last night, Bob, so my apologies. I felt like I was being patronized.
After reading Rex's new thread, I think GSM is out for me, so at least one thing is resolved. Though I do think that there is still a lot of gray there. Something is always better than nothing, if you want to be found. Wanting to be found is completely new to me. You guys have been at it for much longer than me.
Outgoing transmissions via satellite are only important so far as they get information (i.e. my location) on my wife's computer screen. More than that, we don't want. She doesn't need or desire to get a text when I reach camp. She doesn't need or desire a call when I am on the trail. How does that go anyway?
"Hi, how are you?"
"Doing great! How are you?"
"Just hanging out with Tiff."
"Well, I better go. Battery life and all."
"Okay, be safe!"
"I will. I love you, bye."
"I love you, too. Bye-bye!"
Unneeded in our case. I don't need or desire GPS coordinates of where I am on a fancy screen. I'll have a Topo map, and I know how to really use them.
While I admit that a Panic Button feature is really awesome just like the SAR insurance that is available with the Delorme, I don't find those very important for the types of hikes that I do. I'll get that for the AT thru-hike I am planning in 3 years, if I find it necessary.