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Old 04 June 2009, 15:23   #1
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Wanting to protect my purchase, does anyone know of a reasonably cost effective tracker device.
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Old 04 June 2009, 15:43   #2
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Wanting to protect my purchase, does anyone know of a reasonably cost effective tracker device.
Try HERE. Several of us have these now
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Old 04 June 2009, 17:57   #3
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Or here .. if you want a managed service for you ...you need to phone them .. cos they wont tell you too much about their system on the web site incase it gives too much away but IMHO theirs is the best network ..
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Old 05 June 2009, 01:24   #4
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they wont tell you too much about their system on the web site incase it gives too much away
Do you know why they're so coy? When looking around for a system I couldn't really determine from them what I was going to get for all the extra outlay. It's a managed service, sure, but I decided that if my boat (or car or whatever) was stolen I wanted to be the one doing the managing on the basis that there's no one more interested in my property than I (I have a GSM house alarm for the same reason).

As far as the technology of the device itself is concerned, do you know if it's any more clever than a GPS chipset, a GSM chipset and a software control mechanism? Some systems can 'talk' to an engine management system and shut it down when instructed but I was of the view that I'm either on the boat or it's on a trailer so that wasn't much benefit to me.

I guess my conclusion in the end was based on the old 80/20 rule...a carefully chosen entry level system is 20% of the cost with 80% of the feature .
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I guess my conclusion in the end was based on the old 80/20 rule...a carefully chosen entry level system is 20% of the cost with 80% of the feature .
Too true
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Old 08 July 2009, 03:01   #6
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Well guys, I was evaluating all your info, but alas my desire to investigate all anenues has cost me my boat, stolen from the garden yesterday. See entry in Stolen RIB section!
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Well guys, I was evaluating all your info, but alas my desire to investigate all anenues has cost me my boat, stolen from the garden yesterday. See entry in Stolen RIB section!
Oh bollox...I'd read that but hadn't made the link back to your tracker enquiry. Bollox, bollox, bollox
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Mine arrived this morning, fitted an Asda phone card (thanks for the tip) and it functioned within minutes giving lat and long, speed, date, time, bat condition, signal strength and the imei number.

How do I get that information into google earth on my phone without writing it down and inputting it directly? I have a Blackberry Storm.
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Old 09 July 2009, 18:01   #9
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Cookee,

When mine txts me the position it includes a link that I click on that then opens in my browser on the Blackberry. This opens a map with an arrow on it.

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Sent: Jul 8, 2009 10:11 AM
Subject: lat:51.660246 long:-002.23456

lat:51.660246 long:-002.23456 speed:000.0
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http://www.wxlxy.com/GPSTracker.aspx...53@-1212200.12
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BTW before anyone asks I have ammended the lat / long and the weblink so this is not where I keep my boat

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BTW before anyone asks I have ammended the lat / long and the weblink so this is not where I keep my boat

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So is it the coordinates of the mother in laws caravan then preferably whilst shes in it ?
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