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GPS tracker devices and real-time tracking

by d_williams62 / May 29, 2017 8:03 PM PDT

Hi. I was wondering if any of you could suggest what GPS tracker or service to use. I am thinking of getting one for my son's car. Yes i could easily use iCloud to track him but that depends if he has mobile data enabled, etc. I want something that i'll be sure of being powered on and tracked anytime.

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Here's my cheap mobile tracker.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 31, 2017 7:01 AM PDT

Any unlocked GSM cell phone, Freedompop for the SIM and service since I am an avid CNET Cheapskate follower. The amount of data is below the free level so that works for me.

100 megabytes is more than ample for each month and for the tracking service I use https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.greenalp.RealtimeTracker&hl=en

Start at long updates like hourly then move down as you figure out your data use.

Remember I wanted to do this for cheap.

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Freedompop question re: mobile gps tracker
by Haaknutz / October 13, 2017 7:33 PM PDT

I can get a freedompop sim for .99
But, can u elaborate a little? Do I need to purchase a plan? If so what is the cheap route you took? This is an experiment so cheap is the name of the game here.

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Sorry if I was unclear.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 14, 2017 9:31 AM PDT

The brew was any unlocked phone that takes the Freedompop SIM. Freedompop is a plan but I'm not here to explain it in detail. But my cost was 9.99 for the SIM and I did not take any offer for a montly plan. I'm on the free plan.

Hope this helps.

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Not sure where you are located
by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / June 2, 2017 12:17 PM PDT

But I saw this commercial on TV on Verizon offering Hum which offers not only tracking but a suite of other service like car diagnostics, push button roadside assistance, etc... This maybe something worth looking into. https://www.hum.com/

The only problem with this is it's attached to the car, once your son leaves, tracking ends.

For my family I use Find friends on iOS, it works good enough for me as long as they don't forget their phones at home.

Hope this helps!

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OBD 2 CAR GPS Tracker - A simple Plug and Play Car Tracking
by nishichopra / June 30, 2017 12:54 AM PDT

This's a good product from a trusted brand. I've been using the ThinkRace OBD Tracker for a few years now. The OBD2 is also a great product which you should definitely check out. http://www.thinkobd.com

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GPS tracker
by rukhsaramjad / August 22, 2017 5:27 AM PDT

There are lots of GPS tracking devices which will help you to track any person. Here is the following person through which you can do tracking.
1: Open Street
2: Google Map
3: Maps.me
4: Navit
5: Oruxmaps

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Nut Find Bluetooth and GPS Tracker
by nutfindertracker / December 8, 2017 10:09 PM PST

I recommend to the Nut Find Tracker besides others because:
Nut Find is Light, cheap, reliable, long-lasting battery, Doesn’t drain your phone’s battery, portable, nice looking, well-thought software and feature set, multiple Nuts can be connected to one device.

Post was last edited on January 22, 2018 3:47 AM PST

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Wait a minute. This uses Bluetooth
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2017 8:49 AM PST

Since I don't have Bluetooth turned on in my phone, your claim it won't drain my phone battery is false.

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Nut Find 3
by Techislife2018 / February 7, 2018 3:47 PM PST

i recommend it too, bought one of ebay and seems to work fine. design and features are good for the price. No problem with battery but its replaceable CR2032 anyway.

Note: Edited by forum admin to remove promo link

Post was last edited on February 7, 2018 4:17 PM PST

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Suggestion
by lucas1596 / December 10, 2017 11:38 PM PST

I don't think you will be able to find any GPS device that won't use data.
When it comes to trackers though, the only one I have personally used is VecTu. It's cheap and doesn't use much data.

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How fine must we slice this?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 11, 2017 11:53 AM PST
In reply to: Suggestion

In the early tracker days we used SMS to send in the location as well as SMS to control the GPS tracker. Is that data? It varies with plans but here we get three areas in a plan of voice, SMS and data.

So it is still possible to go with SMS but it's not as speedy as the data link.

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Tracking Device
by AnsleyParker / December 12, 2017 11:05 PM PST

I am using Nut Find3 Bluetooth tracking device. Its range is 150 Foot and the battery is replaceable. The design of the Nut Find3 focuses on loss prevention, so you never lose your items in the first place.

Post was last edited on January 22, 2018 3:46 AM PST

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OBD Car Tracker VT200 – complete vehicle tracking solution
by gangananda / January 22, 2018 3:39 AM PST

The VT200 OBD Car Tracker provides all kinds of vehicle statistics and diagnostics information. Get complete details about what is really going on under the hood.

Post was last edited on January 22, 2018 3:48 AM PST

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Long working time GPS tracker with free App
by Michael12358 / February 24, 2018 11:45 PM PST

I suggest you use a GPS tracker which one with small size and free App, then you can track the position at anytime, Reachfar GPS tracker RF-V8 is just 24g and 14x34x40mm, can work for about 3 days.

Link removed by moderator.

Post was last edited on February 25, 2018 1:17 AM PST

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