Gear Reviews

Text Anywhere Off-Grid Messenger Review

This satellite-powered hotspot allows texting in the most remote locations.

Luddites, surrender: Remote no longer has to mean out of touch, as this burger-size unit emphatically proves. The satellite-powered hotspot pairs with any Wi-Fi-equipped device, enabling you to send and receive 160-character text messages and text-only emails.

Just connect to the device’s secure network and open your browser to activate the service. Send a message via the global coverage of the Iridium satellite network (testers found it reliable even in the shadows of the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park). Bonus: no annual fees. The monthly service package saves money for occasional users, as you deploy the device only when you want it. $400, plus a one-time $35 activation fee and $30/100-message monthly package; 9.2 oz. (with four lithium AA batteries);