I just purchased a SPOT as my son and a friend were going to go to Alaska for a few months. It was so nice to get SPOT messages from them as they crossed Canada and as they arrived in Alaska. We hear from them about once a day and it has not only been comforting to know that they are safe but it is fun to be able to track them on the map. These things are great and I am telling all my friends about this neat tool. I thought cell phones were cool. Not! This thing works everywhere they are. I will keep you updated as they go.