Old mobile phone as a tracker?

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  1. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Read Only Funster

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    Anyone tried this. hide your old smart phone with a cheap sim somewhere in the motor home. If it gets nicked you may be able to track it down. I realise that the phone will need recharging every few days. May be handy if parking in a dodgy area for short periods. Just curious if anyone had done it & the associated pitfalls. Or, is there any tracker out there that does not require an annual fee?

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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Loads on ebay for very silly prices.

    There are phone aps for tracking children which I guess would do but for £30 or so ebay will do a proper job.
     
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    Thank you. I will take a look!
     
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    This sort of thing has been done for a good few years now so have a Google and see what's suggested as I'm sure there's lot of info out there.
     
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    Thank you, just looking now. Must admit I'm surprised at the price & availability.
     
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    Welcome any to Fun. :)

    GiffGaff do a 2g sim or at least they did and may still do, which is one of the cheapest you can get. It will be around £5 per month and will be sufficient for a tracker like the Rewire one.

    Not necessarily the cheapest place to buy one, look on eBay but this is the sort of thing you need. You can get chargers for them so in theory you could wire it in. https://www.rewiresecurity.co.uk/102-nano-gps-tracking-device-hard-wired-kit
     
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    I use this......

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231615411066?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    tracking by phone call location request, text message location request or live mapping via free website.
    Alerts you when the vehicle moves and has radius and coordinates geo-fence....along with loads of other functions.

    First it texts you with an alert which includes a link to google maps showing current location, then you decide which tracking method to use.

    DONT be tempted by the cheaper chinese versions of the nano 102, they DO NOT WORK.
    I know as I bought one.
    First problem....the on off button didnt work, I had to remove the battery to turn it off.
    Second, it wouldnt accept ANY text commands or inform me it was moving.
    Refunded !!! then bought the rewire one.
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    I use a giffgaff 2G payg sim.
    Last 6 months cost around 74p and around £4 in device set up texts

    The one in my link includes the hardwire kit free of charge.
    Customer service appears to be call centre based but they know their stuff and can sort any problems from their end remotely if the device is registered.
     
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    At that sort of price it's well worth a try. Getting my wallet out now!
     
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    Minxy Girl Funster Life Member

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    Forgot to say welcome to the Fun House ... I see we've managed to encourage you to 'open' your wallet even more! :ROFLMAO:
     
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    Thank you. It's a very tight wallet, trying to get over the purchase of a motor home. Just need to lay down now!
     
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    Answering Shipwreck's original post. I was able to track my handbag with my phone in it, when I left it on a bus in Cornwall. Google find my phone showed me its progress on a map. As long as it was still on the bus route I knew it was ok. I called the bus driver and he dropped it off at my nearest stop. Big relief. So I think it would work well in a MH.
     
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    Shame it wasnt opened enough to pay the subs and become a full member. :D
     
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    Firstly welcome to the house of Funsters :)

    I have an old iPhone and newer iPad. They have the ability to use the "find my iPhone/iPad" Tracks them down on a street map too :)
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    ... give him time PPJ ... he'll be back for more help and then we'll nab him! :LOL:
     
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    The link is not working for me @pappajohn have you another as I'd like a look at this please....(y)
     
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    The above link works for me @Sas r us.

    I find the Nano tracker a great cheap bit of kit highly recommended.
     
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    If you've got ad-blocker on it will stop it opening, disable it, refresh this page and then click on the link and it should work.
     
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    Try entering the item number into ebay search.

    231615411066


     
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