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The SPOT-X two-way satellite messenger is an economical way of staying connected to the outside world via text or e-mail when you’re at sea. As well as the messaging service, it has a distress function that not only alerts authorities if you’re in trouble, but lets you communicate with them. The tracking function also lets friends and family keep tabs on you. Service plans start at $11.95 a month for all functions plus 20 custom messages and top out at $29.95 a month, which gives you unlimited custom messages. Flex plans that let you switch service on and off at will are also available. $249.99. SPOT LLC, findmespot.com

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