OUTDOOR RETAILER SUMMER MARKET â€“ SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BOOTH 188&190) â€“ (August 8, 2008) â€“ SPOT LLC, the pioneer behind the award-winning SPOT Satellite Messengerâ„¢ today announced it has delivered more than 2.5 million SPOT message transmissions since it was first made available to customers in November 2007. The SPOT Satellite Messenger was first unveiled to the outdoor industry at last year's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market conference. Since its debut, this breakthrough safety device has won numerous industry awards, been featured by various media and most importantly - its unique satellite messaging and tracking capability has helped save dozens of lives worldwide.
â€œThe millions of SPOT messages delivered in such a short time indicates that people are connecting with others around the world using SPOT on a daily basis; sharing their adventures, checking in with loved ones or getting the help they need,â€ said Darren Bassel, Director of Marketing for SPOT LLC. Mr. Bassel added, â€œThis is largely due to the support received from the outdoor retailers and their customers who travel and enjoy life in remote areas. We will continue our commitment to the outdoor retail market and adventure enthusiasts to provide further service enhancements such as our SPOT Share pages, expanded coverage, increased availability and reliable, state-of-the-art satellite messaging for years to come.â€
The summer's premier event showcasing SPOT services was Primal Quest Montana 2008, presented by SPOT, known as â€œThe World's Most Challenging Human Endurance Competition.â€ SPOT LLC is holding a joint press event and presentation at Outdoor Retailer on Friday August 8 in the Paddle Lounge at Salt Place from 3:00 â€“ 4:00 pm followed by a reception from 4:00 â€“ 5:00 pm. Media and conference attendees are welcome to attend as SPOT LLC executives and Primal Quest Directors present product news and highlights from this year's race involving 60 teams and the tens of thousands of messages sent along the 550 miles of Montana's most mountainous and forested terrain. This event will also feature news regarding potential sites for the 2009 and 2010 Primal Quest event
Honored with the 2008 Backpacker Magazine Editors' Choice Award at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in February, the SPOT Satellite Messenger enables users to send their GPS location and custom text and e-mail status message updates to friends, family or an emergency response center independent of cellular coverage. Personal alert messages include custom peace-of-mind â€œI'm OK:â€ and need assistance â€œHelpâ€ status to friends and family; sharing adventures with GPS tracking, and 9-1-1 alerts for emergency rescue. Since November 2007, SPOT users have sent more than 2.5 million message alerts from various world-wide locations. SPOT has also been involved in at least 38 life-saving personal rescues around the globe.
SPOT Satellite Messenger has virtually complete worldwide coverage - including some of the world's most remote locations - including all of the continental United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa and Northeastern Asia, and thousands of square miles of offshore waters. In a press release dated July 23, (http://www.findmespot.com/Files/downloads/SPOT08-PR-AlaskaCoverageFINAL.pdf), SPOT LLC announced expanded satellite messaging coverage throughout Alaska plus the surrounding Pacific and Arctic maritime regions. Later this summer coverage is expected to expand into significant portions of Southeast Asia.
Since its United States debut, SPOT availability has expanded into Canada, Western Europe and parts of Latin America. By the end of the first quarter of this year, SPOT LLC had already received orders for more than 40,000 SPOT Satellite Messengers from its network of more than 3,000 points-of-distribution.
Weighing just over 7 ounces and sold at U.S. $169.95 SRP, the SPOT satellite messenger provides a new level of safety and peace-of-mind for anyone who spends
time in the outdoors or just wants to stay connected with a vital line of communication.
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About SPOT LLC.
The SPOT Satellite Messenger, the world's first satellite messenger, uses both the GPS satellite network to determine a customer's location and the SPOT network to transmit that information to friends, family or an emergency service center. SPOT LLC., a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT), provides lifesaving communications technology that allows users to communicate from remote locations around the globe. Thanks to this affordable, cutting-edge personal safety device, the company offers people peace of mind by allowing customers to notify friends and family of their location and status, and to send for emergency assistance in time of need, completely independent of cellular phone or wireless coverage. For more information on how SPOT LLC. is helping users live to tell about it(SM) â€“ from disaster preparedness to outdoor adventure purposes â€“ visit www.findmespot.com.
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