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    Maplins GSM/GPRS Modem (UK)

    Has anyone in the UK seen or used one of these maplin gprs modems:

    Maestro 20 GSM/GPRS Module

    It is a GSM/GPRS Modem that will be able to run directly of the car battery. In conjunction with the free O2 stuff StevieG and UK_MP3Car were talking about, this could make for an excellent tracker, rather than having an old mobile phone in your car.

    Its a bit pricey, but may well be worth it. What do you guys think?

    Rickster

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    I might just buy it and see. I'll let you know when I get it

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    I'm sticking with my T68, I already have it and its bluetooth :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickster
    Has anyone in the UK seen or used one of these maplin gprs modems:

    Maestro 20 GSM/GPRS Module

    It is a GSM/GPRS Modem that will be able to run directly of the car battery. In conjunction with the free O2 stuff StevieG and UK_MP3Car were talking about, this could make for an excellent tracker, rather than having an old mobile phone in your car.

    Its a bit pricey, but may well be worth it. What do you guys think?

    Rickster
    whats the o2 stuff / link people are talking about?

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    I bought one about 3 months ago. Dont have time to play with it much yet. It was about 10-15 cheaper when I bought mine from maplin in lakeside. I also bought the antenna and the cable that goes with it, I used a spare sim O2 sim.

    Yes it does work quite well. Using the hyperteminal to send commands.

    The plan for it is an embedded carPC phone and a standalone tracker.

    What would you like to know by the way?

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    I saw it at Lakeside. Was wondering what it was like, wether it was better than using an old phone?

    Cheers

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    I'd use a dedicated card if I wasn't still using my Epia 800 but for now the Epia does everything I want it to

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    I will probably pick one up tomorrow. Ill let you kniow how I get on

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickster
    I saw it at Lakeside. Was wondering what it was like, wether it was better than using an old phone?

    Cheers

    Rickster
    Too late, I already bought it

    By the way, they are selling the chaperone tracking device for something like 100? Its got a GPS engine, GSM module, controller and antenna. Shame they didnt have it in stock when I bought the gsm module.

    But you may want to buy that instead, you need to order it in shop. Cant order them online as its been discontinued, reason why its so cheap. Perfect for messing around with.

    As for the module being better? I like it being a module and make a nice OEM install, thats about it I think.

    The plan is to use it as a standalone tracker...so I do like the serial port connection on it. PCMCIA or USB would be too difficult to deal with.

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