Hopz...If I didn't already have one of these, I'd be all over this offer from you!!!
I owned one of the first versions of this SPOT Tracker and had good luck with it.
Now I have, and use, the SPOT Gen3 version (current inventory) of it and have also been happy with it's performance.
This is like lots of devices today, if they are used within their intended design parameters, you should be happy with it...if you are trying to make it do something that it was not supposed to do in the first place, you might be disappointed.
I currently have every option available from the subscription service selected and it costs me about $290/yr. When I started out with the earlier version of my SPOT device in 2011, the service was $230/yr. This includes replacement of the device if it's lost.
I've found that using the FindMeSpot.com default interface to share your position with others is rather clunky and most of my family and friends that I have shared the link to my travels with don't follow where I am after a few times of going to the website.
There are several ways to connect your SPOT position to various social media providers if that's the way you would like to share your position or display an adventure.
For the last 7yrs, I have been utilizing another online tracking interface service to pick up the SPOT signal and then display where I am in a nicer format. This, as many of you may already be using is SpotWalla.
With SpotWalla, you can control many aspects of your trip tracking details to show elements to your shared contacts and maintain privacy of this information. The SpotWalla interface service is FREE and after a couple of times setting it up is not too difficult to create "TRIPS" to provide a WWW link to those that you think you want to monitor your location.
Primarily, the SPOT Tracker is a SAFETY DEVICE, not a flashy way to allow people to see where are, or have been.
As with other SATELLITE Trackers, this device does not rely on any Cell Network for determining your position or conveying messaging for Emergency Services, but does need a pretty clear view of the sky to keep in touch with the GPS satellite system as well as the GlobalStar satellite network to be effective.
There are various levels of transmitted messages from the SPOT Tracker to include current position, simple Check-In messages, pre determined TXT messages, and of course, sending out a call for EMERGENCY services contact and recovery in case of an accident or similar.
From a personal point of view, I know that my family feels much better about my motorcycle riding trips if they are assured that I can send for help if I really need it and that my safety is enhanced with such a small device that works in remote locations as well as in an urban jungle.
I have looked at the version of the device Hopz has and see that it is still covered under the FindMeSpot tracking service and is described fully on this site. https://www.findmespot.com/en/
As an example of the SpotWalla display using my SPOT Gen3, here is a trip I did out to do WetHead Tech Day in Ft. Collins with CAP and then some great riding in the Rocky's. THANKS CAP!!!