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    UK Users - cheap tracking?

    Just having a look at http://www.verilocation.com

    I first saw it a few mo nths ago and thought about registering mine and the missus' phones in case one of us got kidnapped or something; then read on their website that one of their users accidentally left his phone in his car; the car got knicked and it was recovered because the phone was in the car.

    This is 5 a month, can track 5 mobiles and is accurate to 50-100 metres. All you need is your old mobile wired under the dashboard

    Beats on long term cost what I spent some of the weekend making, a VB app (based on some of Jamez Warners code) that uploads via GPRS to do this: http://www.stevieg.org/wheresmycar.php and a lot easier to make sure it works!!
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    interesting. it wont be long till all the US phones have GPS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fondoo
    interesting. it wont be long till all the US phones have GPS.
    It doesn't work using GPS, it works using GSM cells, so it works indoors, etc; so if someone nicks your car and puts it in a garage you'll still have an idea of the location.

    It's not as accurate though, it's apparently very good in cities, 50-100m, but in rural areas it's not so accurate due to fewer cell towers.

    Here's what I got earlier, which is reasonably accurate (seeing as I'm inside the house and don't have a good signal), I would have to search a bit to find the car. I will be testing in a city centre (where I park my car all day!) to see how accurate it is there
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    Quote Originally Posted by fondoo
    interesting. it wont be long till all the US phones have GPS.
    As Stevieg says, it's just triangulation using GSM It's roughly the same as the US is trying to use for e911.

    As the US is now starting to get semi decent GPS networks, so this would become more and more possible. It won't work so well with TDMA as the concept of global point codes is slightly screwed up.
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    this is sweet - post more results. Is it free to do the lookup online? ie: I could use it for tracking?
    what is involved with registering? do I need a SIM card?
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    I think 3 are bringing out a 3G phone with a GPS reciever in - could come in useful if you can set the phone to send its GPS or GSM/3G position to you if you send it a text witht he right code.

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    could probably do that as a java app....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamez_Warner
    this is sweet - post more results. Is it free to do the lookup online? ie: I could use it for tracking?
    what is involved with registering? do I need a SIM card?
    James
    need a sim card, you get 10 traces a month for 5 quid
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevieg
    Beats on long term cost what I spent some of the weekend making, a VB app (based on some of Jamez Warners code) that uploads via GPRS to do this: http://www.stevieg.org/wheresmycar.php and a lot easier to make sure it works!!
    Do you really think it's so much better? I was thinking about the same type of thing you created there, not that I have a gprs phone yet, though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laidback
    Do you really think it's so much better? I was thinking about the same type of thing you created there, not that I have a gprs phone yet, though!
    I think the cell-phone locator isn't amazing, but it's cheap!

    I was thinking about using the Car PC for tracking it if it's stolen but for that kind of security I'd need to have a supplementary battery, a decent phone/pc card to leave in their permanently, and ideally a welded up box under the car with the car pc in to make sure it can't be tampered with.

    I think I will be keeping an old phone somewhere hidden to be on the safe side, I might also wire up a relay to the courtesy light of something wired into the call button, so when the car door is opened it will dial my personal mobile - to make sure I know it's gone missing!
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