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Old May 30, 2011, 03:42 AM
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Wink GPS in Mobile Phones - Cost of Installing a Tracking App?

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I am looking to get a phone with GPS so I can track it if it gets stolen - I think if it has GPS I just need to install a tracking application or register it with Google Earth or something. Using GPS maps or to actually track using your phone usually costs money - my question is will it costs money to track my phone from my PC if it does get stolen? How does it work? If you have an any idea please suggest to me.

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Old May 30, 2011, 06:09 AM
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I am looking to get a phone with GPS so I can track it if it gets stolen - I think if it has GPS I just need to install a tracking application or register it with Google Earth or something.
Jay, if I would steal your phone, whatever model it would be, the first thing I would do would be to throw your sim in the first garbage can or sewer hole I encounter. While the phone is not present on the network there is nothing you can do to locate it. This situation is just in case you misplaced it. Apple has Mobile Me, Motorola you just register on their website, Palm Pre the same thing. Blackberry i think has Protect and as for Android and Win 7 I don't know what they have. But, I repeat this works as long as the phone is present on the network if not, there is nothing you can do.
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MARSTG is correct about the SIM.. If your thief is half smart, ditching the SIM would be the first thing he would do. There are applications that can do GPS tracking and alarm sound off from a remote PC. (I've tried one on my nexus one). However, these apps will be rendered useless if there is no data network present. You best bet for security in the event of getting your phone stolen is to put a keycode lock on it. I know for Androids (possibly even iphones), you can setup touch pattern locks, where you have to create a certain pattern on the touchscreen to unlock the phone, but I think those are for prevention of pocket dials more than actual phone security. (ie. Blackberry unlock code)
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