Satellite Communication on a Budget | Garmin inReach GPS | Prepping for Non-Preppers #BetterPrepared

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Satellite Communication on a Budget | Garmin inReach GPS | Prepping for Non-Preppers #BetterPrepared

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Satellite phones are incredibly expensive, but the capability they provide is invaluable. If the main communication infrastructure fails during a disaster, making cell phones and landlines ineffective, using satellites can be an incredible lifeline and advantage. This video goes through why you would want a satellite communication method and explores the new satellite communicators, especially from a financial perspective. I specifically review the Garmin inReach Explorer+ and discuss the other models including the Garmin inReach SE and Garmin inReach Mini. The Gamin inReach products provide many of the benefits of a satellite phone, with a more budget-conscious price point (they still aren’t inexpensive, but they are way less expensive than a sat phone).

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the disaster strikes and the grid goes
down and communication towers are down

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and cell phones aren’t working we have
thought about maybe an alternative some

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other way of communicating outside of
the standard phones and cell phones and

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even maybe radios maybe like satellite

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did you see how expensive they are
they’re really expensive well I’ve got a

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little bit more cost-effective option
that I think you might be interested in

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so stay tuned and I’ll show you and tell
you all about it hey everybody welcome

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to cascade dispatch I’m Casey and today
we’re going to talk about communication

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we’re gonna talk about communication
when the normal communication doesn’t

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work and specifically satellite
communication so why would you want to

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think about satellite communication well
in an emergency like an earthquake or a

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hurricane or tornado or wildfire or
something a lot of the communication

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towers and infrastructure may go down or
be damaged and may take a while to be

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repaired so if a cell tower goes down
you may lose cell service

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if phone lines are cut you may not have
landline service and what infrastructure

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is still available is going to be
overrun by people trying to make

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emergency phone calls and get
communication out through what few wires

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and communication outlets are still
available satellite is something that a

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lot of people don’t consider so it’s
going to be an opportunity to get

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messages out get kaamika contact with
people outside of the disaster zone and

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not be tied in to those standard
infrastructure pieces that may be

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damaged or inoperable during the
beginning of the emergency so you might

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be thinking to yourself okay I’ve heard
about satellite phones but they seem

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really expensive and complicated why
would I want to bring this into my

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journey and that’s a really good
question some people may not be at a

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point in their preparedness journey to
really consider something like a

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satellite communicator communication
device of any kind and that’s totally

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fine just bookmark this video and watch
for later and in a few months when you

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get there you cue it back up and you
watch the rest of it for those of you

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who have considered something like ham
radio a handheld walkie talkie or radio

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device of some sort as an alternative to
a cellphone

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satellites are probably something that
you have thought about or dug into one

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of the issues with satellite phones is
they’re really expensive satellite phone

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can run you know three to fifteen
hundred dollars depending on the model

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to actually buy the phone plus you have
a monthly service charge that starts the

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low whistle I was able to find as well
$30 camera all the way up to you know

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150 or 200 dollars depending on what
plan and how many minutes you want to

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have and that’s a monthly fee that you
have to pay for in order to operate that

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device so obviously having a satellite
phone is going to be a great option you

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can make a phone call when when nobody
else can the problem is is that from a

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financial perspective you have to pay
that monthly service fee regardless of

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whether there’s a disaster or not
there’s no good way to just turn it of

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ice on or turn it off from the
subscription fee and still have it work

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in a disaster so you have to keep that
on and you’re gonna be paying that

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monthly fee regardless of whether
there’s a disaster or not on top of

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having to buy the device having one of
them is going to be a little bit

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expensive for us and our plan we have
multiple you know two adults in our

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household plus other family members that
are around so we’re gonna actually

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utilize those devices and have them work
for us in our communications plan we

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actually need multiple devices so it
gets multiple into the expense gets

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multiplied if you need two devices three
devices in our case you know when we get

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to the plan here’s a spoiler alert we
needed six devices it becomes incredibly

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cost prohibitive to just have that
monthly fee when without a disaster

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actually happen okay so at this point of
the video you’re probably wondering why

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it is that I brought up this topic of
satellite communication and made it

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sound really exciting because it won’t
go down when everything else is in is

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destroyed and then basically it was like
oh yeah but it’s super

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he wants to do it what’s the point well
the point is is that there’s another

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alternative the alternative are these
devices called satellite communicators

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at least that’s how I’ve seen them
referred to a lot online and their

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devices that utilize the same satellite
network as a satellite phone but are

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really for just doing text messages and
emails so you can still get messages out

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using satellites as your communication
method but you’re not having to pay the

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really expensive voice charges that you
would for a satellite phone so of all of

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the satellite communicators that I
looked at the one that I picked for a

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few reasons that I’m about to get into
is the Garmin Explorer plus you may be

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looking at this as saying I don’t know
if it’s a phone or a GPS or what it is

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well funny story it’s both it’s not so
much a phone it’s a communicator but

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it’s also a GPS there are other brands
out there that have satellite

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communicators but they are specifically
only communicators you can only send

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messages with them and you can only send
them usually to an email address or a

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phone number whereas this has that
capability but it also has the standard

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GPS features so it’s got all of the
standard maps and things that you would

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want to see it’s got topographical maps
it’s got street maps it’s got all kinds

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of that sort of stuff as well as you can
send messages between devices and this

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is a really important feature that I’m
going to go into here in a second so for

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us on our plan we have three families
that live very close together our family

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members plus we have other state
contacts everybody should have an

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out-of-state contact somebody outside of
what would be the disaster zone to

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communicate with but we also need to be
able to coordinate in the disaster zone

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so we picked up six of these one for
each of the adults at each house so if I

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go to the you know to the grocery store
and my wife takes the kids somewhere

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else we always have one of these with us
or in the car so if something were to

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happen well roundabout we have a way of
communicating what’s cool about these

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they will not only send email and text
messages but they will also send

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messages to the devices themselves each
device has a special ID and so I can

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actually send a message to my wife’s
communicator and she can send one to me

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so we don’t have to rely on the
out-of-state communication person to

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relay messages we can actually
communicate directly so when an

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emergency happens all six adults in our
family group can get on our

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communicators and we can start messaging
each other we can send messages out of

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state and let everybody know who’s okay
who’s hurt where we are and then

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coordinate on the plans okay so I just
talked about how expensive satellite

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phones are and these seem really similar
you know they got to be comfortable well

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they are definitely one of the more
expensive items that we have in our

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preparedness gear and supplies but
they’re not the most expensive so Garmin

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actually makes three different versions
of this communicator actually they make

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a fourth now it looks like it just came
out but at the time you’re buying this

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there were three there’s a little kind
of like a mini version that just does

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very few kind of communication functions
there is the SE version of this which is

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yellow and then there’s the Explorer
plus which is orange the yellow SC

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version we actually have a couple family
members wanting to get the yellow one

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and some one of the orange one of the
differences the orange one has Maps

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already included in it whereas the
yellow one the SC version does not have

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maps included it will still track where
you’re going you can still put kind of

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waypoints and GPS coordinates but if you
want to just pick something up and see a

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map of where you are this is the only
version that had that capability at the

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time that we bought it these were ranks
for about 400 or 450 dollars depending

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on where you get them and whether
they’re on sale the yellow ones are

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somewhere between two and two hundred
and fifty three hundred dollars

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depending on where you get them
sometimes I have them at Costco even we

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actually ended up buying them at Costco
because they were on sale at Costco and

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so we bought all the yellow ones and
then realize that they didn’t

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the maps included and so we took some of
those back and swapped it up for the

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Explorer pluses so that at least every
house has one Explorer plus and one SE

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on us we both have Explorer pluses
because I want my wife that have the

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same stuff that I’ve got and if we’re
separate places I want her to be just as

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capable in some of the other houses
where they’re planning on leaving the

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the SC at home and having the Explorer
plus out on the road it makes more sense

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to have it that direction you don’t
necessarily need all the mapping

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capability so as far as the
subscriptions go the the Garmin

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subscriptions or inReach subscriptions
are about the low-end one that we have

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is called the safety plan it’s about
twelve dollars a month if you pay for it

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or if you commit to a year it’s a
monthly charge but if you commit to a

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year it’s twelve dollars a month and
that gives us ten custom messages every

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month where we can actually take it type
whatever we want and send it off and

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then unlimited what they call kind of
pre done messages where you have like

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three messages and say like I’m okay I’m
headed to this location or please send

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help and those what you you put those
into the interface and then you have

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those available you can use them as much
as you want

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they’re not super descriptive but you
can send them out if you want sir for us

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we are plan on using a lot of the custom
messaging and you can actually pair the

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device to your phone and use your phone
then as the keyboard instead of using

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the device as a keyboard which is nice
if you’re trying to send a longer

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message but we have them pre-loaded into
each of these devices all of our emails

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all of our phone numbers for text
messaging and then all of the device IDs

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so that we can communicate with each
other’s devices independently we can

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send broadcast messages if we want to
and then all of our out-of-state

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contacts are also included in that list
so everything is preloaded and ready to

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go we don’t necessarily need a phone to
make these work or to get information to

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the people that we’re trying to
coordinate with and then if an emergency

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does happen because there’s a per
message rate of if you go over your a

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lot of ten messages one of the messages
that we can that we plan on sending is

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to our out-of-state
to call and adjust our plans on our

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behalf so you can always increase your
plans on in reach and there’s no it

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doesn’t seem like there’s any feed
upgraded I believe there is some sort of

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a penalty if you’re going to downgrade
here your plan but in an emergency we

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can then upgrade to their limited plan
and then we can use these as much as we

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want to and kind of keep the cost down
for that period of time and then Ratchet

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it back the issue with with this too is
we’re only paying $12 a month then to

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have these available whatever we want
and let’s say we’re traveling somewhere

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and we get a flat tire and we’re out of
cell phone range we can use these to

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kind of make those sorts of emergency
contacts as well

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we don’t necessarily only need some sort
of major disaster that happen to have

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these be useful which is another
difference between having a Sat phone

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where you’re paying a really high
monthly fee for a very few amount of

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minutes that you may or may not ever
need and can only be a phone versus this

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which you’re paying a smaller monthly
fee to always have that capability you

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can ramp it up if you need to it has all
the GPS features in it so if you just

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wanted to use it as a GPS you can do
that too

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there’s also an SOS button button which
in a disaster probably is not going to

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be helpful because everyone is going to
be pushing their SOS button but if you

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are a hiker and you’re out of the woods
or something and you fall and you need

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help immediately and you can’t get a
hold of anyone you can push this SOS

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button and Garmin has a service that
will send help and if you need to be

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helicoptered off of the mountain or
something they will coordinate that you

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have to pay for it but they will do that
for you and I guess if you’re hanging

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off of the mountain who cares how much
it cost just get the helicopter and come

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and get me so that’s why this has a lot
more features than the other

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communicators it also has a lot more
features I think than a standard Sat

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phone and the value associated with this
as a communication item versus a Sat

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phone or just a standard communicator I
think is is really important so I would

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encourage everyone to take a look at
these I know they’re not going to be in

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everybody’s budget it’s not gonna be
something everybody

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can afford or thinks is relevant and
that’s fine this is a little bit more in

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the advanced category of people down
there prepared this journey so think it

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over kind of understand why you would
maybe you want this even if you’re not

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gonna get something like this think
about some other communication methods

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that you would want if cell phones and
landlines would go down what is your

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communication plan at that point and
then leave it in the comments below does

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this seem like something that would be
useful to you in your plan

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is there something else that you would
like to have in your plan think about it

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like subscribe share i think that’s
gonna wrap it up for this part if

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there’s specific features do you have
questions about also leave them in the

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in the comments below and i’ll see if we
can answer or do a separate video kind

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of going through all the features of
this I really wanted to just kind of

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focus on kind of how cool I think the
idea is and how you might want to use

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them but if there’s specific features
that you have questions about leave them

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down below and then I’ll get some
answers for them thanks a lot and see

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you next time

Author: Casey Feves

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