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New Inreach device: Garmin Inreach Messenger


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#1 Old Crow

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Posted 29 September 2022 - 01:52 PM

Garmin has announced a new device in the Inreach line called the Garmin Inreach Messenger.

 

The DC Rainmaker channel on YouTube has a pretty good overview.  Ray also has thoughts on Inreach versus the recently-announced iPhone14 satellite messenger feature.

 

Features- 

 

- 28-day battery life (for 10-minute tracking intervals) (Mini 2 is 14-days)

- New Messenger app for your phone (it seamlessly switches between cellular and satellite for messages, also- it syncs to your phone's contact list. Also- this app will soon work with some other Inreach devices, including Mini2)

- Battery-bank feature (intended as an emergency charge for your phone)

- Tracking (Note-the same fees apply as other Inreach devices-- tracking cost depends on what subscription plan you have)

- Can send messages to a Garmin watch

- Unlike the Mini 2, it does NOT have routing. You can't define a series of GPS positions and have the device route you to the positions.

- TracBack (a basic follow-your-track-backwards capability)

- Pre-set messages (free non-emergency messages like "I"m OK" or 'I'm going out of cell range', etc.

- Weather

- Interactive SOS (exchange messages with Garmin's International Emergency Response Coordination Center)

- Waterproof to IPX7 standard

- Lower cost than Mini2 ($299 vs $399)

 

 

Garmin Inreach Messenger page on the Garmin website

 

Note- It is not yet clear how well the Messenger device works compared to the Mini2.  Hopefully we'll see performance comparisons soon.


Edited by Old Crow, 29 September 2022 - 02:22 PM.

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#2 kmcintyre

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Posted 04 October 2022 - 03:31 PM

Love these devices, don't love the pricing plans.  The recreation plan that really has something you could use is $35/month unless you do the annual price of $25.  The device cost $300.  You can suspend the service but I think there's an annual fee too?  They have a lot of small print that is confusing to me on what fees there are, etc.


Edited by kmcintyre, 04 October 2022 - 03:32 PM.

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#3 ToddSMedley

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Posted 08 November 2022 - 07:04 AM

Its really very good device to use.


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