Bad news for anyone who owns, or wanted to own, a Geomate Junior. It looks like the company behind the basic, kid friendly geocaching gps unit has gone out of business. An announcement has been posted on their website - Dear Geomate.jr Community What can we say - this good thing has come to an end. We are no longer able to offer the Geomate.jr for sale or continue the Update Zone service. We do hope you've had as much fun geocaching as we've had working with everyone. To help keep the adventures happening however, we have made some software available here that will allow anyone with an Update Kit and a PC to load a Pocket Query from Geocaching.com to a Geomate.jr. Regrettably, The Geomate.jr Team It's a shame, it was a great concept, although I don't think there was a huge takeup in Australia and New Zealand. The idea of a simple, kid friendly unit, preloaded with caches would have been attractive, although at $140 (including the 'update kit'), it faced some pretty strong competition from the lower end of the 'proper' GPS units range. As a comparison, you can pick up a Garmin eTrex 10 for the same price, and that offers a lot more bang for your buck, and a unit that could be used by more than just kids.
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