From what i have read, the "SPOT" brand beacon can take 6-24 hours before the company even starts making calls to send rescue. Is this accurate? I could understand 1/2 an hour to make some calls to confirm it is not a false alarm, but 6 to 24 hours? The SPOTs also have a subscription. Wouldn't it be better to buy one of the actual coastguard approved beacons that cost more but have no subscription (just a registration for use)? I'm not trying to brand bash, just curious about the better method to call for help. If i have to push a button for help, i NEED help ASAP, not when some company feels like getting around to calling someone. and on the same subject, i know cell phones are required to connect 911 calls even if they have no current service. Is this true for sat phones also? Thanks for any responces.