ZOLEO Satellite Messenger

The ZOLEO satellite messenger is one of the latest devices to hit the market. It’s lightweight, compact, and has the best two-way messaging features of any satellite communicator, from my experience.

FeaturesZoleo Satellite Communicator

  • Two-Way Messaging
  • Location Share+ and Tracking
  • S.O.S.
  • Dark Sky Weather Forecasts
  • Topo Maps
  • Global Pole to Pole Satellite Coverage
  • Uses Wifi, Cell Service then Satellite Service

Two-Way Messaging

The most powerful feature of the ZOLEO satellite messenger is it’s ability to communicate efficiently. This satellite communicator will attempt to use wifi first, followed by your cell service and lastly satellite service. It seeks to use the least expensive method of communication.

Seamless mobile coverage

In my opinion, this is the best and most powerful feature of the ZOLEO satellite communicator. If seamless messaging is a top priority for you, then this is your satellite messenger.

ZOLEO Satellite Communicator – Two-Way Global SMS Text Messenger & Email, Emergency SOS Alerting, Check-in & GPS Location – Android iOS Smartphone Accessory
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ZOLEO Satellite Communicator – Two-Way Global SMS Text Messenger & Email, Emergency SOS Alerting, Check-in & GPS Location – Android iOS Smartphone Accessory
  • 🌎ZOLEO GLOBAL TWO-WAY SATELLITE COMMUNICATOR: Rugged, GPS location-aware and Iridium satellite based, the ZOLEO device links with the free ZOLEO app on your smartphone or tablet to keep you connected when outside cell coverage. Monthly subscription required: $20, $35 or $50 (25, 250 or unlimited satellite messages) with cellular, Wi-Fi and SOS messaging included. After the initial 3-month commitment, suspend for just $4/mo. Plans currently available in USA, Canada, Australia, but work globally.
  • ✉️GLOBAL MESSAGING AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE: Only ZOLEO extends your messaging coverage to everywhere on earth transmitting over the lowest cost network available (satellite, cellular or Wi-Fi). ZOLEO offers a familiar text messaging experience to and from any SMS text number, email address or another ZOLEO app user. By taking advantage of cellular or Wi-Fi when available and the Iridium network (a truly global satellite network) when it isn’t, only ZOLEO offers seamless coverage wherever you go!
  • 📲DEDICATED SMS PHONE NUMBER & EMAIL ADDRESS: Your ZOLEO device includes a dedicated US SMS text number and email address that you can share with contacts that you want to remain accessible to, and that they’ll recognize when you message them. Contacts can send messages directly to your SMS number, email address or via the free ZOLEO app. It’s that simple!
  • 🆘EMERGENCY SOS & MORE: If something goes wrong, declaring an SOS ensures your SOS alert and GPS coordinates are sent to the expert 24/7 emergency monitoring service. Other safety features include check-in to let others know you’re OK (using built-in device button or the ZOLEO app) and the ability to add your GPS coordinates to any message. Location Share+ (add-on at $6/mo) allows for automatic location sharing at a selected interval including a breadcrumb trail viewable in a map.
  • 💪BUILT TO LAST: Long-lasting, Lithium-ion battery lasts 200+ hours/8+ days checking messages every 12 minutes. Lightweight (150 g) and compact (9.1 x 6.6 x 2.7 cm). Rugged with MIL-STD 810G shock-resistance and superior dust- and water-resistance (IP68). Micro-USB Type B power input with a charging time of 2 hours. Operates in temperatures between -20°C to 55°C. ZOLEO can be used globally, but monthly subscribers must have a billing/payment address in the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

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Location Share+ and Tracking

This is another great feature of the ZOLEO satellite messenger. The Location Share+ feature will allow you and your contacts to see where you are on your adventure. See some examples below.

Zoleo Location Share+

The Location Share+ is easy to access and convenient for your family and friends to use.

SOS and Other Features

ZOLEO SOS and Other Features

You can see from the image above that the SOS button is easy to access, plus you can select the tracking button from the device itself, instead of from the ZOLEO app.

You may not be interested in the incredible 2-way message capabilities of the ZOLEO satellite messenger, but having it for the SOS life saving service is worth every penny.

Dark Sky Weather Forecasts

The Dark Sky weather forecasts is at the bottom center of the screen on the ZOLEO app. The weather forecast is delivered quickly and gives you a lot of great information at your fingertips.

Dark Sky Weather Forecast

Most of the time I don’t need a forecast as I typically go on day hikes, but there are times I’m thankful to have it.

Topo Maps

There is no icon to access the topo maps but you can access them through the Location Share+ message. It may not be convenient or intuitive on how to get there but the maps are excellent and offer a lot of information.

ZOLEO Topo Maps

I would like to see ZOLEO add a map icon at the bottom of the app, next to the messaging and forecast, however, there is a quick work around to get to the maps.

Global Pole to Pole Satellite Coverage

ZOLEO uses the Iridium Satellite Network to provide global pole to pole satellite coverage anywhere in the world.

Iridium Satellite Network

Not all satellite messengers offer global satellite coverage, but not so with ZOLEO. It’s assuring to know you don’t have to check your satellite coverage before you leave for your next adventure.

Final Thoughts

The ZOLEO is lightweight and compact and offers a wide range of features, with the best one being the seamless mobile coverage from wifi to cell service to satellite service.

If two-way communication is your top priority, then the ZOLEO satellite communicator is the one for you.

ZOLEO Satellite Communicator – Two-Way Global SMS Text Messenger & Email, Emergency SOS Alerting, Check-in & GPS Location – Android iOS Smartphone Accessory
1,265 Reviews
ZOLEO Satellite Communicator – Two-Way Global SMS Text Messenger & Email, Emergency SOS Alerting, Check-in & GPS Location – Android iOS Smartphone Accessory
  • 🌎ZOLEO GLOBAL TWO-WAY SATELLITE COMMUNICATOR: Rugged, GPS location-aware and Iridium satellite based, the ZOLEO device links with the free ZOLEO app on your smartphone or tablet to keep you connected when outside cell coverage. Monthly subscription required: $20, $35 or $50 (25, 250 or unlimited satellite messages) with cellular, Wi-Fi and SOS messaging included. After the initial 3-month commitment, suspend for just $4/mo. Plans currently available in USA, Canada, Australia, but work globally.
  • ✉️GLOBAL MESSAGING AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE: Only ZOLEO extends your messaging coverage to everywhere on earth transmitting over the lowest cost network available (satellite, cellular or Wi-Fi). ZOLEO offers a familiar text messaging experience to and from any SMS text number, email address or another ZOLEO app user. By taking advantage of cellular or Wi-Fi when available and the Iridium network (a truly global satellite network) when it isn’t, only ZOLEO offers seamless coverage wherever you go!
  • 📲DEDICATED SMS PHONE NUMBER & EMAIL ADDRESS: Your ZOLEO device includes a dedicated US SMS text number and email address that you can share with contacts that you want to remain accessible to, and that they’ll recognize when you message them. Contacts can send messages directly to your SMS number, email address or via the free ZOLEO app. It’s that simple!
  • 🆘EMERGENCY SOS & MORE: If something goes wrong, declaring an SOS ensures your SOS alert and GPS coordinates are sent to the expert 24/7 emergency monitoring service. Other safety features include check-in to let others know you’re OK (using built-in device button or the ZOLEO app) and the ability to add your GPS coordinates to any message. Location Share+ (add-on at $6/mo) allows for automatic location sharing at a selected interval including a breadcrumb trail viewable in a map.
  • 💪BUILT TO LAST: Long-lasting, Lithium-ion battery lasts 200+ hours/8+ days checking messages every 12 minutes. Lightweight (150 g) and compact (9.1 x 6.6 x 2.7 cm). Rugged with MIL-STD 810G shock-resistance and superior dust- and water-resistance (IP68). Micro-USB Type B power input with a charging time of 2 hours. Operates in temperatures between -20°C to 55°C. ZOLEO can be used globally, but monthly subscribers must have a billing/payment address in the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

This product was presentation was made with AAWP plugin.

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ZOLEO Satellite Messenger

8.8

World Wide Coverage

10.0/10

2-Way Messaging

10.0/10

Navigation

5.0/10

Tracking & Sharing

10.0/10

Initial Cost & Subscription

9.0/10

Pros

  • Global Satellite Network
  • Compact & Lightweight
  • Easy Access
  • Best two-way messaging
  • Topo Maps

Cons

  • Must be Synced with Smartphone
  • Topo Map Access Not Intuitive

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