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cell phone tracking for criminals

Hi, I have a question about cell phone tracking. If it is possible for the authorities to track a cell phone, isn't it just a matter of time before crooks have the same technology? (It would obviously be a bonanza for property thieves.) Inquiring minds want to know.

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Let's assume I use a Tracfone and everyone in the world knows my phone number. Let's also assume I have "Location" set to "E911 only" and that I have NOT told anyone me MEID or ESN. (I'm pretty sure the handset uses CDMA.) Can anyone besides the authorities track my phone? If no one answers I guess I'll just have to try to sign up with tracking company and see.

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In theory no.
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Forgot the next step.

Since you did reveal the phone number, now that I have located your car, I can head to the mall or market then dial your phone then we watch for the person that answers it.

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007.

Look out Daniel Craig, Bob's after yer job.

Dafydd.

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The cell phone company knows exactly where you are. That is, it knows via which of their antennas your phone talks with them. They need to know that ALWAYS (as long as the phone is on), because they have to know what antenna to use to contact your phone if someone calls you or sends you an SMS.

If the authorities want to know, all they have to do is ask the cell phone company. But they are supposed to not give this information to crooks.

Kees

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Already here.

Let your imagination run as you read how "Plan B" on Android works. We already have web sites getting location data so even now, is there any doubt?
Bob

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