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Spot Satellite Phone

Though it’s not the prettiest model out there, this satellite phone is the perfect companion for backcountry skiers or avid rock climbers who routinely push the limits of cell-phone reception. Spot’s newly released satellite phone can make and receive calls in traditional mobile networks’ dead zones and receives (but doesn’t send) 35-character text messages. An excellent option in emergencies. $500; findmespot.com.

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