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Spot Global Phone keeps you connected in the wild (pictures)

The satellite-powered Spot Global Phone can deliver all-time accessibility, just as long as you keep your cost and performance expectations in check. CNET gives you a closer look.

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Though the Spot Global Phone isn't the size of Gordon Gekko's "Wall Street" phone, it's hardly a small fry. And the antenna makes it even bigger.
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What's more, the Spot Global Phone makes no effort to be stylish. The display is tiny and utilitarian, but the keypad and controls are easy to use.
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You'll certainly stick out in a crowd when using the phone. But then again, you're not likely to find a crowd in the places that you'll use it.
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When closed, the antenna rests behind the handset next to the battery.
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You'll need to flip the antenna up and extend it to its full length to make a call.
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The Spot Global's charger is way too big and cumbersome.
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The Spot Global Phone won't easily fit in a pocket, either.

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