SPOT – THE WORLD’S FIRST SATELLITE MESSENGER NOW HAS EUROPEAN SMS CAPABILITY

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Outdoor enthusiasts can now send messages to mobile phones of friends, family and co-workers using the SPOT Satellite Messenger

Dublin, Ireland July 18, 2008 – Globalstar Europe Satellite Services, Ltd., a leading provider of mobile satellite services and the pioneer behind the award-winning SPOT Satellite Messenger™ today announced it has expanded the messaging capability of the world’s first satellite messenger. SPOT customers in Western Europe can now send messages from their SPOT Satellite Messenger to a wireless mobile handset using short messaging service or SMS.

The SPOT Satellite Messenger, the world’s first satellite messenger, sends the user’s GPS location co-ordinates and customized messages to family, friends, co-workers or an emergency response centre over a satellite communications network. Users can designate up to ten email, or now, ten mobile phone SMS addresses to receive messages directly. SPOT’s GPS location can also be visually tracked using web-based mapping programs such as Google Maps™.

SPOT works nearly around the world including all of continental Europe, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa and North-eastern Asia, and hundreds or thousands of miles off-shore of these areas. SPOT’s potential utility as a personal safety device makes it an essential part of any outdoor adventurer’s kit.

 

“Since its introduction the SPOT Satellite Messenger has, on a number of occasions, proven its potential as a lifesaving device both here in Europe and around the globe,” said Thomas Colby, Chief Operating Officer of Globalstar, Inc. Mr. Colby added, “Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to providing our recreational outdoor enthusiast and commercial customers with expanded utility and reliable messaging capabilities wherever their adventures or commercial activities take them.”

The SPOT Satellite Messenger provides users with a way to alert others of their GPS location independently of wireless or mobile phone coverage. SPOT enables users, to send their location and message to friends, family, co-workers or emergency responders, and to visually track the location of the SPOT satellite messenger through four simple functions:

· Alert 9-1-1 notifies the emergency response centre of your GPS location
· Ask for Help sends a request for help to friends, family, or co-workers
· Check In lets contacts know where you are and that you are OK
· Track Progress sends and saves your location and allows contacts to track your progress using Google Maps™

Weighing just over 200 grams or 7.3 ounces, the SPOT Satellite Messenger provides a new level of affordable safety and peace-of-mind for anyone who spends a considerable amount of time in the outdoors or just wants the comfort of knowing that help is available at the push of a button.

The Company has also just released a beta version of SPOT Share Pages, a software upgrade allowing any SPOT user to share their adventure and messages with others. Outdoor enthusiasts can now share or broadcast their GPS location history to anyone with a web connection.

SPOT share pages automatically create a customized web page with sophisticated real-time tracking and mapping. The company also recently announced the expansion of its international Simplex data and SPOT coverage to include all of Alaska and the surrounding Arctic and Pacific Ocean maritime regions.

To find out more about SPOT and how it works, please visit: www.findmespot.com.

source: Andy Walton

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