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The Iridium GO! creates a backcountry WiFi hotspot for multiple smartphones with suite of practical and easy to use backcountry communications options, including voice phone calls, 1000 character text messages, and sending conventional email with attachments such as photos--and of course tracking points, and SOS messages.

The Iridium GO! at first blush might seem similar to other backcountry communications devices connected to a smartphone like the DeLorme inReach and SPOT Connect, but it isn’t. It has far more functionality. The InReach and Connect can only do very short, sometimes only 40 character, text messages (SMS) via satellite, and send tracking points. The GO! goes much farther. The the GO! gives your smartphone most of the functionality that you would have at a WiFi hotspot in your local espresso bar, only in the backcountry.

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