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Improvise, Adapt, Overcome!

In the movie ‘Heartbreak Ridge’ Clint Eastwood’s character Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway espouses these words to describe how his Marines operate – Ooh-Rah! Simple words with a powerful message.

There are always several ways to look at a situation and once you change how you look at a situation, that situation will change. Case-in-point; Globalstar announced in Feb 2007 that the constellation had suffered radiation damage and would eventually stop connecting voice calls. A fatal blow? Some prophesized that Globalstar would be the first double casualty of the MSS sector.

Globalstar had other plans.

The SPoT Personal Satellite Messenger was born and not only did it create a new product segment, it won award after award. It has now has been named TIME Magazine’s list of top 100 greatest and most influential gadgets

. Globalstar has successfully launched the first six of 24 new satellites and expects full voice service reliability by December 2011. That’s quite a turnabout from those who would have suspected that Globalstar would fold. Improvise, Adapt, Overcome!

It is a simple shift of view. The Apollo 13 ground crew said, “What do we have on the ship that works?” Change how you look at something and what you’re looking will change. What did Globalstar have on the ‘ship’ that worked? Simplex data worked 100% and a new product was born. True innovative thinking at its best.


SPOT Inc, a division of Globalstar has announced SPOT Assist, a new roadside GPS safety service for its award-winning SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™.  SPOT Assist offers the world’s only roadside assistance that operates solely on satellite technology for virtually seamless coverage independent of cellular networks.

Today’s SPOT Assist’s roadside service offers complete assistance 24/7 in the Continental United States, and in Canada later this spring.  By pressing the ‘Help’ button on the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger users will activate SPOT Assist , instantly alerting a national roadside response center of their GPS location.  Backed by a leading provider of national roadside assistance, SPOT Assist services include roadside towing, auto-accident assistance, fuel services, tire repair, battery service, lost key and lockout.

SPOT Assist combines a GPS receiver with satellite communications technologies to deliver location-based messaging independent of cellular coverage.  The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger is a small, rugged hand-held GPS unit that can access a world-wide satellite network system to keep you connected virtually anywhere you travel.

Now with SPOT Assist roadside service, SPOT customers can benefit from a complete GPS safety system which includes four functions that transmit messages based on varying levels of need:

notifies the SPOT Assist roadside response center or others of your GPS location
•    Check In lets contacts know where you are and that you are okay
•    Track Progress sends and saves your location and allows contacts to track your progress using Google Maps™
•    Alert 9-1-1
notifies an emergency rescue coordination center of your GPS location

Since its introduction in December 2007, the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger has helped initiate close to 100 rescues, many which resulted in lives saved, and has transmitted more than 5 million “peace-of-mind” and “track me” messages world-wide.

Pricing and Availability:
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger retails for $169.99 SRP.  GlobaFone’s SPOT price is $149.99. SPOT Assist will cost  $129.99 per year.  SPOT Assist will include national roadside assistance and unlimited basic SPOT service including Check-in and 9-1-1 emergency response messaging.  SPOT Assist is scheduled to be available for purchase in spring 2009.  SPOT ASSIST is a great service for your SPOT Satellite Messenger.  Please E-mail or call us on 800-826-6152 for more details about SPOT Assist.