Low cost tracking device

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  1. Easyliving

    Easyliving Funster

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    Hi

    I don't know much about GPS tracking devices but I always thought they were a bit pricey and involved contracts etc. A colleague recently told me about this device which, as far as I can tell, does everything you want for £99 and nothing else to pay.

    Quite surprising to see the hardware is apparently made in the UK too, quite unusual these days.

    Do Funsters think its any good?

    Paul
     
  2. vin0114

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    sounds a very good deal except for not supporting 3:(
     
  3. Linda and Steph

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    That looks interesting.
     
  4. Mel

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    That looks very good for the price.
    I dont understand why it wont work on 3 network.
     
  5. NickNic

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    It's the same as all of the cheapo self fit/DIY ones. If you only want it for your peace of mind it's fine for what it is. There are loads to choose from, all around that price.

    If a tracker is a requirement of your insurance company forget it. Insurance requirements for tracking devices are Thatcham Category 5 or 6 which means they have to meet those standards, have to be installed by an approved fitter and properly monitored.
     
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  6. Kool Kroozer

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    I got a cheap one from eBay, cost around £30 comes with a sim card which you top up - very small and easy to conceal, you just ring the number of the sim and it sends you the longitude an latitude coordinates of where it is - simples ! and it works a treat too (y)
     
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  7. OllieUK

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    I'd be interested in this device. I shall watch this thread for further comments.
     
  8. John Laidler

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    I've got one of these: http://www.amazon.co.uk/REWIRE-SECURITY-MAGNETIC-VEHICLE-PERSONAL/dp/B00NB2KR66

    I can't remember if I bought it from them but it is the same device. It looks as if the device in the OP for three times the price does the same job. My experience was it worked and did give a degree of peace of mind when my MH had to be stored away from home when we had the builders in and the drive had to be clear. You can get a separate 12 volt power supply for it so you could wire it in permanently but I just went and visited it every few days while it was there and changed the battery. The downside was the cost of SMS texts adds up and if you set it up to send you a text if the device is physically disturbed, which would happen if someone broke into the vehicle, then every time you open the door of the MH and get in it is going to send you a text to tell you so! (It was that sensitive) At 40p a time on my cheap PAYG this was vaguely annoying. But you could also set it up so it would send a text if the vehicle was moved beyond say a 500m radius of where it was parked and there was a link in the text which if you clicked on it it took you to Google maps and there was a dot on the map showing where the tracker was. The instructions were not brilliant and a more expensive one from a UK firm would be expected to come with better support.

    Mine picked up a GPS signal through the steel MH roof which I thought was clever, I feared it would need to have sight of the sky but it didn't.

    I used mine for a couple of months and it did what I wanted but if you wanted to use one full time I think you would need consider getting a contract SIM to keep the costs down and of course if you go into Europe and wanted to use it there you would need an appropriate sim.

    They are not however, foolproof and a determined thief could use a mobile phone jammer to block it but as another layer in the onion skin of security, so to speak, they do a fair job. And if you wired it in permanently use a very small fuse as such cheap electrics and battery could burst in to flames!
     
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  9. Stroppy Bird

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    I think it's because it only works on the 2g network and I don't think Three supports this. Lots of similar types of gsm communicating alarms will only work on 2g. I suspect that one day 2g will probably become obsolete giving way to 3g and 4g.
     
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  10. Easyliving

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    Now I've done a bit more research it seems the one I posted about is quite expensive after all! Maybe I'll just get one from Amazon / Ebay, the Rewire one DBK mentioned seems okay.

    Paul
     
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  11. Charlie - Minton

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    We have the Rewire (y)

    Works well I know the thieves could block it but for £30 it's brilliant.

    Our children & grandchildren can track us 24/7 which costs us 15p

    Every time our device sends out our location in response to their phone call.

    Highly recommended :cool:
     
  12. Geordies

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    That would be the LAST thing we would want !!!
     
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  13. Charlie - Minton

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    Lol
     
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  14. hilldweller

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    This worries me.....

    [​IMG] Sentinel Alarm is designed and manufactured in the UK - not imported from China [​IMG]

    It's about as likely as the Pope being Jewish.
     
  15. TheBig1

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    a simple locator type costs from £15 and is simplicity itself to conceal in a motorhome and wire in. the better ones about £30 will not only track the van, but you can immobilise the engine via a text message. takes about 1 1/2 hours to fit and if you are not competent on vehicle electrical systems, it would best be fitted by a qualified auto electrician. still under £100 though with far more features
     
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