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Old 09 April 2016, 14:47   #11
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keep in mind you need a mobile sim card and probably a pay monthly sim or find a way to make PAYG work.

PAYG would work in UK, i did find a deal about a year ago for 10 top up would last 90 days but most are 30.....maybe cheap insurance if you want it.

there are specialist suppliers of sims for these applications typically low monthly fee 3+ vat and limited functionality

A friend sets them up in remote monitoring applications they text a server with a code it then emails the relevant people an alert. Security companies often use them in alarm panels in the event of a landline failure they will text to say phone line is down so mostly sit there doing nothing but need to work when required so the standard PAYG sim is no good




http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mini-Real-...3D281884808897

read description as it explains the features well
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Old 09 April 2016, 14:53   #12
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a standard PAYG sim will work fine in a tracker, maybe not the best option but as long as you top it up every X days then no worries.

however, if you have a link for 3 a month i'm all ears
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keep in mind you need a mobile sim card and probably a pay monthly sim or find a way to make PAYG work.

PAYG would work in UK, i did find a deal about a year ago for 10 top up would last 90 days but most are 30.....maybe cheap insurance if you want it.
I think an inexpensive simm card can be found, I'd be willing to pay seeing my boat gets left tied up at many waterside pubs..

I also need a device that will track my crab and prawn traps that go missing on occasion. Seeing how much extra weight I put in them to keep them from drifting with the tide with plenty of sinking line, I find it hard to beleive they drifted off to Japan.
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Thanks for the replies folks. My original post may have been a failure but you have put me on the right track.
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a standard PAYG sim will work fine in a tracker, maybe not the best option but as long as you top it up every X days then no worries.

however, if you have a link for 3 a month i'm all ears
Standard O2 monthly SIM...Default on the payment for a couple of weeks and it reverts to PAYG. Doesn't seem to be any time limit on the credit you put on it after that.
I had one of the really cheapys to start with but it was unreliable and "cooked" two SIM cards over about 6 months....PITA.
This ain't much dearer, more "user-friendly", more features and certainly no issues to date.
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Standard O2 monthly SIM...Default on the payment for a couple of weeks and it reverts to PAYG. Doesn't seem to be any time limit on the credit you put on it after that.
I had one of the really cheapys to start with but it was unreliable and "cooked" two SIM cards over about 6 months....PITA.
This ain't much dearer, more "user-friendly", more features and certainly no issues to date.
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i'll speak to you next time about this
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This ain't much dearer, more "user-friendly", more features and certainly no issues to date.
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Ideal for a larger item and can useexternalanteena so much better GPS and GSM coverage less likely to be compromised by being in container or lorry.

Bit big to mount under the cowl of an OB tho.... I'll see about these sims...
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SIMs - your best bet is a GiffGaff SIM. SIM is free, credit doesn't expire provided you use the SIM to make a chargable call at least every 3 months. Most UK SIMs will only keep the credit for 3 months.

I have the first one linked in a caravan. It works. Its not amazing. It may depend on signal strength but I can only get about 3 or 4 days out it if not charging off the van battery. It will detect shocks, speed, movement. You can interrogate it for position by sending it a SMS with the word WHERE. You can also switch to a data mode and use an Ap - but it would be data hungry IMHO.

Not 100% convinced the external antenna one would make it anymore usable in a container. I think you want to know its been nicked before it gets into the tin box!

TK102B - I looked at - but needs USB power so meant spending 3 on a USB power source which felt pointless the other one uses 12V power which I had plenty of. Plus its marked all over the outside what it is. The other one can be got for about 12 if you hunt hard enough and looks more like a car part.

Mine if it thinks its been nicked phones you. There may be a microphone on it - not sure - complete pain in the ar5e! Fine if it really is nicked - I forgot to switch it off when towing the van one day - I was called constantly by it! Cancel the call it goes to voice mail...

If anyone wants a GiffGaff SIM I wont complain to anyone using this link: https://www.giffgaff.com/orders/affiliate/shinyshoe - which gets me free credit when you top up the first time ;-) - costs you nothing more.
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