Two-way satellite communicators and GPS Training
In this month’s podcast –
A bit of a theme running through this month’s podcast with the launch of 2 new products in the last few weeks
So, without a further a do let’s get on with this month’s GPS Training Podcast
What is it?
ZOLEO connects with your phone or tablet to provide seamless global messaging that follows you in and out of mobile network coverage — plus added safety features you can count on worldwide including industry-leading SOS alerting features.
Compact/ Rugged design
Garmin Messenger app
Check in messages
On device display
Battery life – 28 days
Safety charging – for mobile phone
Comparing these two very similar products – which is best?
Garmin Positives against Zoleo
More standalone eg small screen allows selecting of pre-set messages, typing a message, viewing weather data , receiving & viewing messages – do not necessarily need phone paired
Screen has basic trackback arrow
No charge for preset messages
Messenger app works seamlessly for message to come either via mobile data or Satellite
Reverse charge to phone – make sure you have USB C to phone cable with you
Against compared to Zoleo
Min Safety package £12.99 annually contract or £14.99 for month by month freedom does not include tracking £0.10 per point need to really use tracking you would want to us recreation package £24.99 annual contract or £34.99 for month by month
Zoleo min package £18.00 + £4.50 location share
Zoleo min 3 months then can suspend but £3.50 a month for suspend
Costs £40.00 more than Zoleo
Harder to transfer between family members than Zoleo
To message you friends do need to install Garmin messenger app having said that easy to use app
Positive against Garmin
Designated email address and number, giving number to contacts they do not need any apps unless they want to track you
Very easy do unpair from phone and give to another family member to use and pair
With tracking you can use the £18.00 + £4.50 add on, although less messages than Garmins mid package you would save £2.50 per month
Less features potentially some customers my find easier to use – one simple check in button
Potentially bigger patch antenna in testing messages using satellite very quick need to test against Garmin to compare
Good range of accessories for carrying – car mount
This course is for those who have been on our two-day Garmin GPS Training course.
If you have been on a course in the last 5 years and have not been given a discount code (which halves the price of this course) please do get in touch with us.
– Following the pre-planned route
– Looking at the different navigational experiences for a route, track, and course
– Trackback – we will do a trackback taking us back the way we came
– Creating a route directly on the unit
– Managing an emergency situation – what options do we have and how are we going to approach this
– Changing the ‘pre planned’ plans – what options do we have and how we do this
– Navigating in the dark, how to set up our GPS units
This will all be delivered during an 8 – 12 mile walk (depending on elevation climbed) and only people who have been on our 2-day course will be invited onto the course.
If you attend a course you also get free access to our online resource and you get email support for 1-year post-course (normally £80.00).
South Downs – last Friday
Lakes – Sat 1st Oct 2022
Lakes – Sun 2nd Oct 2022
Northumberland – Sat 29th Oct 2022
South Downs – Fri 29th Sept 2023
Lakes – Sat 21st Oct 2023
Northumberland – Sat 28th October 2023
Two-day course – Garmin – Overview
One-day course – SatMap – Overview – Northumberland only for coming year
Clayton, South Downs
Burley, New Forest
Calver, Peak District
Mungrisdale, Lake District
Peebles, Scottish Borders
To find out more about our GPS courses please go to our website – GPSTraining.co.uk > then select either Garmin or SatMap courses
If wanting to keep tracking cost down instead of mid package use safety package make sure you turn of tracking and utilize more the pre-set messages eg you could setup a preset message with Checking in all okay and have you location included then maybe send one manually every hour – downside is you have to remember to send but no costs for preset messages.
Presets setup from your explore.garmin.com account then you must sync your inreach Mini 2 , 66i, 700i with explore app, if using older inreach mini 1 remember to use inreach sync program to sync changes
Zoleo if you want to use tracking remember to add on £4.50 add on and then unlimited tracking every 10 mins as checking button will come of message allowance and then cost £0.55 per message whereas for £4.50 auto tracking to 5 x people
Recommend always doing one test message before you go non trip to make sure all setup fine
Clear view of sky to send messages using Satellites, to test satellite message working on new Messenger and Zoleo turn of mobile data and wifi on your phone temporarily when testing
To find more top tips please do sign up for the GPS Training online resource, this is packed full of video top tips. Go to our website – gpstraining.co.uk and click on the – Online resource – on the top menu bar
Tel: 01669 621044