As i mentioned in my trip planning post, i'm planning to go to Alaska at the end of August. Since cell service will be non-existent once i leave anchorage, trying to find what devices are out there for safety tracking and possible communication back home.

The SPOT device looks to be around $150 bucks but then you MUST sign up for a full year of service which is $200. Bit pricey for a 1 week trip.

The ResQlink is the other one. Around $250 and there doesn't appear to be any service contracts or cost.

Are there others out there that you've used? Any of them offer texting (send/receive) ability?