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    BRILLIANT !: Use an old cell phone as a vehicle GPS tracker.

    Yo, people, is this a Brilliant idea, Or What !?
    Use an old cell phone as a vehicle GPS tracker. Most of us have a few of them laying about.
    For if your car ever gets stolen, Google will find your car!

    It could be hidden somewhere in the car, maybe secured to the bottom of a seat,
    and constantly hooked up to a USB power cord so the battery never dies.
    Make sure that's on a circuit that draws power Only when the vehicle is On.
    So the thief cannot find it, don't forget to put it on Silent, with Vibrate off.

    Instead of paying $70 for a GPS Locator device, AND a $20 monthly subscription service,
    Just use some phone plan with Minimal (or Zero) usage.
    Coincidentally, I already asked you experts about exactly that, about six months ago:
    https://www.howardforums.com/showthr...L-usage-please
    There are apparently some Free plans out there, like from:

    Freeupmobile.com; but the plans last for only 30 days, and I must log into the web account
    to Renew the plan for another 30 days. Too much hassle.

    Freedompop.com: but somebody here said they may be "shady".
    AND, a recent post here says RedPocket bought them. Probably no more free plans.

    Knowroaming.co: $9.99 for a SIM, + $6 shipping. But that gives me $0 usage credit.
    The inevitable incoming spam calls will cost $0.10 per minute.

    Truphone.com: $29.99 for a SIM, but I get $15 usage credit. Requires a billable call every 180 days. That's doable.
    Outgoing calls are $0.09 per minute, Incoming calls are free. That solves the spam calls problem.

    Lycamobile.us: requires a billable call every 120 days. I'm still awaiting further info from them.

    Looks like Truphone is the way to go.

    Mark51

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    Crap. Nobody likes the idea?
    Ah, well. . . I thought it was Good.

    Or, are you thinking there's some reason why it Won't work?

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    Google Find My Device is FREE.
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    Zapjb, of course it is. I understand the Google FIND function is free.
    But you must have a cell phone IN the stolen vehicle.
    THAT is the whole idea here.

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    Was that not a given?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark51 View Post
    Zapjb, of course it is. I understand the Google FIND function is free.
    But you must have a cell phone IN the stolen vehicle.
    THAT is the whole idea here.
    Cellular data is extremely expensive with Truphone.

    I have a phone on Truphone and love the fact that incoming calls and texts are free.

    But I had to go into the settings on the phone to turn cellular data off because data on Truphone gets used in the background.

    I originally had my Truphone SIM in one phone and had turned off cellular data and didn't have any problems.

    I switched to a different phone but forgot to switch off data and some data usage leaked in the background apps.

    Luckily I checked the balance and noticed that.

    I switched data off and didn't lose too much from the data leakage.

    But if I had not checked my balance on the account within minutes of moving my SIM it could have drained my entire balance before I realized it.

    Something to think about with your intended purpose.


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    Setting the auto update for those apps off so they wouldn't consume much the data in the background.

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    I never set up for auto update.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dwight27 View Post
    Setting the auto update for those apps off so they wouldn't consume much the data in the background.
    Sent from my Luscious LG Fiesta 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark51 View Post
    Crap. Nobody likes the idea?
    Ah, well. . . I thought it was Good.

    Or, are you thinking there's some reason why it Won't work?
    No, it's a decent idea. How do you get Google to find your phone? Does it require a special app to be on the phone?
    Also, in hot weather areas, I wouldn't leave the phone in the car all the time, just when it seems prudent.
    Have you had a car stolen?

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    Yes, Zapjb, there are "givens": Google Find is free, and there's an otherwise unused cell phone kept in the car.
    Sorry, I simply don't understand: why did you mention that Google Find is free?

    SnowyWhite, Data on Truphone is $0.09 per MB. I think that's irrelevant?
    Does the Google Find function use Data? That would be the only time the phone is used.

    Dwight27, how about: remove every possible app that can be removed?
    And, disable updating everything that can be so set.

    Millept, if the phone is registered to your Google account, then there's no app installation needed.
    Just sign into your Google account, and then type "find my phone".
    I just tested it: If it is not on Silent, then the phone will beep. On silent, it won't beep.
    Haven't recently had a car stolen, but it could happen. Just planning ahead.

    Thanks for the replies, people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark51 View Post
    Yes, Zapjb, there are "givens": Google Find is free, and there's an otherwise unused cell phone kept in the car.
    Sorry, I simply don't understand: why did you mention that Google Find is free?....
    I thought you are talking about the cheapest way to find a car using GPS tracking.

    Google Find My Device is free & afair requires no active cell plan at all, no wifi & no cellular data to locate the phone/car.

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    If it doesn’t use cell data or Wi-Fi to locate the car with the phone. Then how does the location from the phone sync with google?


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    Maybe you're correct idk.

    Thought it was just GPS like a Garmin.

    Edit: Guess this could be tested. Install Find My Device. Remove SIM or have no active cellular acct. & turn off wifi. That should decide it.

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    Lithium battery powered devices are not good for keeping in the car unless they are somehow temperature controlled. Search for battery powered dashcams, they do not last very long.


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    Well if you think that this is the best way to go then go ahead.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mark51 View Post
    Yes, Zapjb, there are "givens": Google Find is free, and there's an otherwise unused cell phone kept in the car.
    Sorry, I simply don't understand: why did you mention that Google Find is free?

    SnowyWhite, Data on Truphone is $0.09 per MB. I think that's irrelevant?
    Does the Google Find function use Data? That would be the only time the phone is used.

    Dwight27, how about: remove every possible app that can be removed?
    And, disable updating everything that can be so set.

    Millept, if the phone is registered to your Google account, then there's no app installation needed.
    Just sign into your Google account, and then type "find my phone".
    I just tested it: If it is not on Silent, then the phone will beep. On silent, it won't beep.
    Haven't recently had a car stolen, but it could happen. Just planning ahead.

    Thanks for the replies, people.
    Sent from my Luscious LG Fiesta 2

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