“One of the invaluable features of the DeLorme inReach is the ability to receive emergency SOS and message delivery confirmation while on your adventure.”
The technology minds over at DeLorme are coming close to their Fall launch of inReach. It is important for adventure travelers to have the ability to stay in touch, especially in remote areas where anything can happen and cell signals usually do not exist. inReach will let the user not only send, but also receive text messages via pole-to-pole coverage. This was made possible through a partnership with Iridium Communications Inc., who operates 66 low-Earth-orbit communication satellites. At present inReach can standalone or be used with the Delorme PN-60w GPS. It also works on any Android devices. However, there were no plans revealed for an iPhone version at this time.
Stephen Regenold over at Gear Junkie gets into more detail about the inReach. The device will set you back $250.00 and messaging plans start at $9.95 per month.