According to some statistics, starting from last year, there are more cell phones than people on our planet. Of course, this doesn’t mean that every person in the world owns a cell phone, but the time when something like this will happen is close.
Many experts agree that cell phones are a type of technology that has radically changed many aspects of our lives. There are many benefits of using mobile device and what is even more interesting the number of their features is constantly growing thanks to the rapid advance of technology. Cell phones are also the fastest growing phenomenon in the field of technology. Only after thirty years (when the first cell phone was designed) we have reached a number of 7 billion cell phones.
As previously mentioned, cell phone manufacturers are improving the design and software of these devices, but this doesn’t change the fact that hundreds of cell phones are stolen or lost every day. In the past, it was very difficult to track mobiles and determine their location. Today, things have changed and there are several options available for those who want to track their phone. Of course, there are few other reasons to track phone which will be discussed in this article.
GSM vs GPS tracking
There are basically two technologies through which people can track phones. The first one is GSM and this is the older and cheaper method. However, this method is also less accurate. By using GSM tracking technology you want get the exact location of the phone. Instead of the location, you will only get a radius (usually about 100-500 meters) where the phone should be found. The accuracy can be better or worse depending on certain factors like the terrain (mountains and hills will definitely lower the chances of tracking the phone), the number of cell towers (because this tracking technology relies on these towers) and in some cases the climate conditions on the given day. This type of tracking is usually called triangulation and we have all seen this technique in movies and TV shows when police is trying to locate missing persons or suspects. The way this type of tracking works is simple. It relies on the cell towers because cell phones regular pings to these towers whenever it is on. In this way the phone regulates the strength of the signal. In some cases, this should be enough to locate a person, but it is quite difficult to find a phone in dense urban areas.
On the other hand, GPS technology in cell phones was introduced more than a decade ago. Every modern cell phone comes with a GPS receiver which helps locating the users in case of emergency. This service works even if there is no network available. This is a very accurate tracking method because you can track phone almost at the exact spot where it can be found (2-3 meters radius). There are several ways in which GPS technology can be used for tracking cell phones. In the past, all these methods of tracking were used by law enforcement, but they are now available for private users too.
There is no doubt that the most efficient and most convenient way to perform this activity is to use a phone tracker that comes in the form of application. There are literally hundreds of different apps developed for this purpose. Some of these apps are completely free while others require certain fee. Some of them can be used via browser while others require installation of software on the device.
Legal issues related to phone tracking
Before you start using a GPS tracker it is good to know that each state and country has different laws regarding phone tracking. It doesn’t really matter whether you are using phone tracking service or application, the consequences are the same. Generally speaking, tracking someone’s cell phone without their strict permission is illegal. People should definitely avoid violating someone’s privacy by using this technology. However, there are certain situations in which this activity is in the so-called gray area. For instance, tracking a suspicious spouse or tracking your own children with the help of mobile technology. One thing is for sure – using technology in order to track your stolen or lost phone is perfectly legal.
Phone tracking apps – Features
As mentioned before, using an online tracker app is definitely the best option for those who want precise and timely tracking. Different apps come with different features, but there are certain features that can be found in more or less every modern app of this kind.
To start with, cell phone apps used for tracking can provide real time locations of your phone or the phone you are tracking. They provide a map where you can see the device and its movements. You can view this movement on another cell phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Users will not only get accurate location, but they can also see the street address too.
Most tracking applications are offering text message services too. This means that the user can set a certain period of time when they want to receive reports about the location of the device they are tracking. A feature like this can be very useful for parents worried about what their children are doing in their spare time.
Furthermore, most of the popular tracking applications keep logs. So, whenever you need to analyze the data received from this app you can check the history and do the analysis. This is a great way to determine a pattern of behavior. For instance, employers can check their employees and see what they are doing when they are in the field.
There are many other features that come with these tracking apps and it is up to the user to choose the one that suits them the best.
Things to look for in a phone tracker app
Those who want to use a GSM Tracker app should take few things into consideration.
To start with, not all applications work with all cell phone models. The vast majority of apps for example, work with the latest generation of smartphones. However, there are a large number of users who don’t have smartphones and they cannot find these apps useful. Before making the final decision, every user should check their cell phone model or the cell phone they are trying to track and see whether the app can cover it.
Many people have the same dilemma and they are wondering why they should pay for tracking apps when there are free apps. This is a legitimate question because there are dozens of free apps. No one can provide a universal answer to this question because it depends on several factors. In general, paid apps used to track phones come with more features, they are more reliable and the manufacturer vouches for their functioning. On the other hand, you can also find many useful free apps, but you need to be very careful because some of them come with paid add-ons or hidden fees. This answer also depends on the type of cell phone you have and the reason why you want to use this service.
Although these tracking apps are very handy, they come with certain limitations and users should be prepared for this in case the tracking of certain phones is very important to them. Besides the limitation that is related to cell phone models, these apps can be used only when the device is turned on. It doesn’t have to be connected to a mobile network, but it has to be turned on. In addition, the device must be within the area that is covered by the app.
The benefits of using tracking technology
We have mentioned some of the uses of mobile tracking technology especially phone tracking apps and we will now highlight the most important ones.
For starters, these apps and this technology in general, can be used for emergency services. Furthermore, it can be used for tracking child activity and even for friend tracking (with their permission). Many companies use this technology in order to monitor and track the activity of their employees.
Without any doubts, phone trackers and tracking technology will be improved in the future because of these benefits. It is up to the users to find the best tracker for their needs.