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DeLorme inReach

rated 3.0 of 5 stars
photo: DeLorme inReach handheld gps receiver

InReach? or NOT! I invested in the theory that it should have been the answer to my quest. However major disappointment is the reality.
In all fairness if tech support had UNSUBSCRIBED ME, I would likely still be anticipating next generation device? Theory and execution are two worlds apart. Tech Support Corporate Zombies SUCK @SS! Am still getting billed after returning the unit to REI, and numerous phone calls to corp zombies!


  • Theoretically it should give support and comfort.
  • Canned messages are great when and IF they are recieved.


  • It gives false security and anguish when it DOES NOT WORK!
  • Service does not connect reliably even in the desert.
  • YEARLY CONTRACT for services not rendered billed monthly
  • Corp tech zombies are absolutely rude! and useless.

INREACH? or not even close.

The  theory is sound and exciting, I spent hours researching the web looking for this device.

finally found the"blue one" at my local R.E.I., excited I ran to get it in my grubby little hands.  got it home and ripped the package apart like a kid on Christmas morning! thoroughly read the instructions front to back and back to front...{no mention of  problems with specific phones!} .... {or the yearly subscription contract!}.

got online to subscribe {hidden link not found anywhere but in the owners setup manual!} and found out the possible problems that this device will have with my EVO4g?ROM big deal...

ok im still excited {after paying a small fortune for this device}and on to subscribe i go ...

three separate plans are available...

basic has very limited texting {10 messages a month?} and no cookie crumbs? $15 month for a year?

sport had like 30 messages a month and cookie crumbs for $35 a month for a year....

well ok sign me up. {not so excited to sign a yearly contract... was really hoping for a monthly option.}

guide was so expensive that it was not even an option with unlimited texts?

only to be so disappointed. after setting up the subscription i was having problems connecting to my phone , the Bluetooth was synced but it would not connect. on to blogs and Tech support...ROM UPDATES..... no big deal....{but it still is not reliable at home little lone out in the wild where it MUST BE RELIABLE!} this is where excitement became disapointment turned really sour to ANGER...

{ i really got angry...AFTER ABOUT THE 4TH CALL TO TECH SUPPORT}

in truth i am angrier with the attitudes that i got from everyone @ delorme, more than the disappointment.

am still getting billed for services not rendered, 8 months later...AFTER RETURNING THE DEVICE!

I am still looking for a communication device along this design, sat phone is next?

Source: bought it new

A great piece of mind to have in the event of a real emergency. Helps keep you in contact with loved ones back home.


  • True International Coverage
  • Flexibilty (use with or without smartphone/tablet)


  • No roadside assistence option.
  • Service plans are a little pricey

I have used this device for over a year, all throughout North/South America, Europe and Africa. It has worked flawlessly every time. The texting and emailing is delayed has about 5 min delay, but I personally find that to be completely acceptable.

A rechargeable unit with a drop in cradle mount would be fantastic upgrade. Only disadvantage to other similar units on the market is no roadside assistance.

I mainly use this in conjunction with my tablet which is mounted in my truck, for navigation. Provides real time location services for mapping and navigation apps when there is no signal to your smartphone/tablet.

Unit is well made and is solid. Waterproof and as durable as a tank. The clip on the back is strong and makes for easy attachment to back packs. 

I have used this device along side the SPOT 2 messenger, and have never had any luck with the spot getting signal outside of the americas. The InReach has worked flawlessly, it literally only needs a clear view of the sky. I have noticed that it can track your location even while moving at highway speeds, it doesn't transmit messages too well while moving. Best bet is to keep the unit still and with a clear view of the sky when messaging.

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $125

The Delorme inReach is a versatile 2-way communicator that allows you to stay in touch when you're off the grid. An essential piece of kit for the adventure traveller!


  • Long battery life
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to stash in your pocket


  • Unable to secure to protect from theft

Used the inReach on a 23,000 km motorbike ride through Europe. Tracking feature is flawless, creates a beautiful trail on the online map for others to view my progress in quasi real time. Texting feature works well through smartphone although email is a bit onerous for the person at the other end with the need to go to a specific website to reply.

Batteries ended up lasting 3-4 weeks (average use was 5 hrs/day with lithium batteries) while on 10 min interval track points. I found that text message responses were pretty quick although emails took a couple extra minutes.

I rode through some downpours and the unit maintained is water proof quality. No issues with ruggedness.

Great piece of motorcycle kit for the adventure traveller!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250

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