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11. When you receive a message, does it deduct from your message count if you do not open the actual message?

Yes; for US registered SPOT X units on all plans except the Unlimited plan. For units registered in Europe no charge is made for incoming SMS messages. ...

12. Why did it take several minutes to send my messages?

The Spot X sends redundant messages to improve the delivery probability of those messages. This process may extend the amount of time a message is delivered but other variables may also delay the message delivery time like: Obstruction Spot X Antenna O ...

13. How quickly does the message go out after pushing a button?

Once the device has acquired a GPS fix, messages are typically sent out to their destination in 2 to 5 minutes.

14. How do I know if my message was sent?

Your sent messages will be displayed in the Messages screen. The Check-In Message will not display the texts sent, but only the GPS coordinates and date/time it was sent. You also can view your sent messages in your SPOT MyAccount. Before heading off the ...

15. If sending 3 separate messages, how long will it take for the Spot X to send all messages?

The messages are sequential and as soon as Message 1 is acknowledged, Message 2 will start. If Message 1 is not acknowledged or the SPOT X does not receive the acknowledgement, it will continue sending Message 1 up to five times for redundancy to improve ...

16. What is the character limit for email and text?

The maximum is 140 characters for email and text.

17. Why does my character count go down so quickly when I used a typed-in contact?

Because of the larger number of characters that need to be available for email addresses, the address characters are counted as part of the message. You can avoid limiting your character count by adding Contacts before sending your message.

18. How can I determine if the SPOT device transmissions affect the aircraft’s navigation electronics?

Turn on the SPOT device and place it in Tracking mode. If the aircraft navigation system starts to have momentary interference issues at the same intervals that the SPOT device is transmitting Tracking messages, then the SPOT device must be moved or turne ...

19. How can the SPOT interference be prevented in aircraft?

In many cases, keeping the SPOT device at least 12-18 inches away from any navigation equipment or GPS antennas will resolve the problem.   This can be difficult in smaller planes as many pilots want to place the SPOT device on the glare shield. ...

20. Is my SPOT device considered a Portable Electronic Device by the FAA?

Yes, when SPOT products are used on an aircraft, they are considered a Portable Electronic Device (PED).  Per 14 CFR Part 91.21, the pilot is ultimately responsible for approving the use of any Portable Electronic Devices on their aircraft and must b ...