New, low cost EPIRB?
I just became aware of this via unsolicited e-mail.
A glance at the "footprint" of coverage looks suspiciously like Globalstar (satellite telephone) is attempting to diversify their service. If it is Globalstar, and if it works like their telephone service, it won't be much use in Alaska. Nevertheless, it looks like a good price and it may be of some use to some users in some parts of the planet.
Does anybody know more about this?
Found more information
I attempted to to edit the previous message (twice) to say that I found more information that indicates that it does use the Globalstar system and is, apparently, an attempt by the company to rescue itself from the telephone fiasco that has caused so many of us expensive grief. The new device is said to use only simplex transmission, rather than the duplex required by the telephone system, and may be more reliable.
I won't badmouth Globalstar because I have had nearly equal amounts of success and frustration with the system. But I do not, personally, count on it in an emergency. I will continue to use my 406 mHz EPIRB.