Track Google cell phone using Mobile defense

Mobile defense is a little Google Android cell phone tracking app developed by Mobile defense. iPhone users have Find My iPhone, and finally, Android users could have their mobile tracking software.

Like other mobile tracing software, you need to download a small program from their website to your Android mobile device and install it, also you need to register with them and you will get your account details send via SMS. Please note that you have to activate it after finish installing by clicking on a link sent to your Email address, otherwise it will remain dormant. That is, it won’t work at all.

While running, mobile defense icon does not show, it runs in the background, and you can simply forget it. So if someone has no idea about mobile defense get your handset would not notice it, so the chance for him/her to remove the app from your handset is very thin. I personally think this is a great feature for mobile tracing apps, if the thief removes the app, there is no chance you could get it back.

If you lost your handset, you can log in to their website with your account details, and Mobile defense will connect to your handset within 30 seconds. It uses GPS, cell towers and WiFi to locate your mobile device. Once connected, you can see the location of your handset on Google Maps.

You can then send an alert to your handset, or display a custom message, you can also lock your handset to protect your privacy, other services are provided to subscriptions.

Unlike other LBS apps designed to share your location with friends, Mobile defense sounds more like a mobile tracking app. It has some features intend to find your lost/stolen mobile devices. Even if you could not get it back, you can still wipe out your private data remotely and lock it down. It works like Find My iPhone and HTCsense service (it’s available to HTC Android devices only) in a few ways.

There are already a few stories out there that people get their iPhone back using Find My iPhone. Fortunately there are also a few successful stories out there that people get their handsets back by using Mobile defense. One of them is a man left his handset on a train, he did not realize it until he got home. So he logged into Mobile defense website immediately and found that his phone was still on the train about ten miles away. He finally managed to get there and got his mobile device back. So if you have an Android handset, it is highly recommended to install this little mobile tracking software as it is free!

2010-Feb-Mon | Category: Cell phone tracking | Tags: ,

Best free cell phone tracking software Glympse

Glympse is a piece of free GPS cell phone tracking app help to locate your handset. With Glympse, unlike other mobile tracing software, you do not have to register an account with them; all you need is a desktop or a laptop with internet connection to view the position of the person being tracked on a map.

Glympse Features

– Free to use, you do not need to get an account, just download and install a little app on your handset.
– Decide on who and how long they can track you, like 30 minutes or an hour. After the giving time, people will not be able to view your position.
– You just need to send a link via SMS or Email to others for them to view your location. If the time expires, the link will become invalid and people will not be able to use it again, so your privacy is protected.
– Glympse is more accurate than Google Latitude; the accuracy is within a few hundred feet while Google Latitude has an accuracy of half a mile.
– Glympse can calculate your speed and give the expected arrival time depending on local traffic situation. While the in-built GPS chip could calculate your speed as well, but Glympse will update your speed and expected arrival time from time to time while your speed changes.

With Glympse, you simply send a link to your friends, parents or coworkers, and they can view your position on a map from either a mobile device or a PC. They do not need to install any program into their laptops in order to track your location. And you can decide on who will be able to see your location and how long that link will expire, so it will not cause any privacy issues. Everything is under your control.

Many other mobile tracing apps require people to register an account with them, this will definitely limit the number of people you can share your whereabouts. However you do not have to ask people to sign up in order to simply know where you are.

Glympse is one of the best mobile tracing software out there, and it’s quite simple to use. Currently it supports Google Android handsets, Apple iPhone and Windows Mobile Smartphone, and it is to support Blackberry and Palm in the future.

You can get more information here. If you have an iOS device, check it out here. For Android, it can be found here.

Meantime, check out this video below.

If you want to try more mobile phone location software, you can check another post of mine introducing some of the best FREE cell phone tracking apps. These apps are also features rich, and if unfortunately Glympse is not available for your mobile, there may be one that could work with your handset. If you are looking for more options, you surely do not want to miss them.

Update, Glympse has added real time location sharing service to Facebook pages. In the past, you can only send the link via SMS, Email or Tweet, but now, you are able to share that link on your Facebook page.

Free GPS cell phone tracker – Map My Tracks

Map My Tracks is a free real-time cell phone GPS tracking software. Anyone with a GPS enabled cell phone or a handset with an external GPS receiver (for example Bluetooth GPS receiver) could map and pinpoint cell phone location in real-time. It also lets you share your tracks with your friends or family.

This app can upload your GPS coordinates directly to your personal activity log on the web for future use. Tracks can be made private for your own use or left public, it’s all up to you.

Features:

-Track your journey in real-time with your cell phone wherever you are, it’s simple and easy to use.
-Allow friends or family to view your progress live so that they will know what you are up to.
-Automatically upload GPS coordinates to your activity log which allows access them from anywhere around the world.
-Replay your tracks over layed on street or satellite maps for later review.
-Analyze distance, top speed, average speed, direction, and show your current location, get a clear picture about your route.
-Discover new tracks or training routes around the World and share them to your friends.
-Share and review tracks by others, get to know what others think about it.
-Share your location on Twitter and Friend Feed with your friends for easy access.

Map My Tracks is one of the best location based apps, it really does what it should if you are interested. It does support touchscreen phone like iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 etc. But Android phone and Symbian S60V5 phone are not supported at the moment. For other Nokia and Samsung phones, they do have a Java version. Like I said in previous post about GPSed, Java app gives terrible experience.

I could not test their app either on my Symbian phone or Android phone which are what I currently own, so I do not know how well it works. If you have any feedback about it, contact me via the about page.

For more information about Map My Tracks, features and what it can do for you, visit the official website and start to make progresses and share with friends and family members.

Free cell phone tracker software – SOS Tracker

SOS Tracker is a free GPS location app running on Nokia and BlackBerry cell phones. It turns you GPS enabled handset into a personal GPS tracking device. Featuring GPS tracking, SOS Button and Remote Request, SOS Tracker works great to protect its users.

SOS tracker features:

-Deliver your location information to anyone you wish. It can send your GPS coordinates via SMS to any given number by pressing the OK key for three seconds if you run into an emergency, so the receiver can know where you are or view your location on Google Maps.

-Send a ‘Here I’m’ message. It allows you to send a SMS with your GPS coordinates (latitude/longitude) when in non-emergency situations, now your friends will know your whereabouts and you may have a get-together.

-Send a remote request. It can also send a remote quest to obtain others’ position with permission in advance. Once receive the message sent by your friends, you can see his/her location on a map.

SOS tracker does a good job when it comes to privacy. Your location is known to yourself unless you send a here I am message or a SOS, and you can decide on who can send a request to you. You can even turn off the remote request so it needs your approval every time you receive a request for your location.

SOS tracker could run on Symbian, Windows Mobile and Java ME platforms. Although iPhone and large screen Android cell phones are very popular around the world, this app is not available to them. Apparently, it lacks support for modern Smartphones.

Compared to other LBS apps, SOS tracker really lags behind. In order to increase its user base, it should catch up with others in order to compete or make more attractive apps. But it definitely reminds me of the days when Nokia was the largest mobile device maker.

SOS tracker have some of the basic capabilities of a mobile tracing app, but it can not be used to locate a mobile device, so there is still room for improvements. As a LBS app, however, it does a good job.

At the moment SOS tracker supports Blackberry, Symbian cell phones. And they offer a limited time free trial (OMG it requires subscription in a world full of free apps). However, you need to be a company client to try their service for free. Because of that I was unable to test their app.

At the end, I have to conclude that SOS tracker is kind of outdated. They may just want to serve the corporate customers with Symbian or BlackBerry phones, which are to disappear from the market soon!

Free cell phone tracking software – GPSed

GPSed is a free cell phone tracking system widely used in 191 countries (according to the description of the official website) to track trips, people and vehicles. Like other mobile tracing apps, it has many handy features, and you won’t find anything missing.

Here are the official listed Features:

-Map GPS tracks from cell phones and even attach pictures. Wherever you go, you can use GPSed to track your trip on Google Maps or Google Earth with your GPS enabled mobile device or an external GPS receiver like Bluetooth GPS receiver.

-Share your whereabouts with your friends and family. You can use email or text message to share with friends your pictures with GPS coordinates, you can even post them to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter so people will get to know where you have been, and even view the exact location on Google Maps.

-Track vehicles fleet or members of your family in real-time. You can use GPSed to locate the old, children and fleets to get peace of mind. Their basic version is free. What’s more, you can enjoy a 30-day free trial at the moment for full version. You do not have to pay if you are not fully satisfied with it.

Other features include instant update and alerts, real-time status and track multiple objects at the same time. Other features can be found here. All in all, GPSed is a powerful mobile locating app in terms of its capabilities and features.

GPSed currently supports iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Symbian. For those who are interested, you can download their little tracking app here. However they don’t have any Android version app, this is kind of strange since Android now is the most popular mobile OS in the market.

Since there is no Android version, I tried their free .jar version on my Samsung I8910 running Symbian S60V5. It takes about 7 seconds to download the app via WiFi, and the installation is fast as well. However the UI is ugly compared to that of .sis app. If you ever install java app, you know half of the screen is occupied by five buttons with four huge letters. The app consistently says unable to find any GPS receiver although I do have GPS turned on and connected to the satellites (I use GPS to pinpoint my location on Google Maps with no problem, and InstaMapper works great too. Update, InstaMapper now closed). I close the app and relaunch it, still no luck. Finally I remove the app from my phone and make a fresh install, it still could not find the GPS receiver.

I do not know how it works on other mobile platforms, but GPSed’s not so good when it comes to Symbian OS. If the app could not pinpoint your location, how can you expect it to share your location or track your handset?

If GPSed does not work for you, or you just do not like it for whatever reason, you still have other options. We have introduced some of the best free cell phone tracking software for handsets running various mobile platforms. So if you are still looking for one, we strongly suggest you check them out here.

If you have any question about GPSed or other mobile locating apps, please contact us at info @ cellphonetrackers.org or follow us on Facebook.

How to track your cell phone using InstaMapper

InstaMapper’s closed, it may come back in 2013, thanks for your company these years!!

InstaMapper offers free real-time cell phone tracing services to GPS enabled mobile users. With InstaMapper, you can track anyone online or share your whereabouts to friends.

The whole setup process can be as easy as three steps. First, sign up and get a free account. Then download their little application to your handset and install it, and now you can start to locate your handset or journey. Below is a step by step guide.

-Sign up with InstaMapper. You can go here and enter your username, password and a valid email to create an account. Once confirm your Email address, you will find a device key after signing in. Please keep the 13-digit device key assigned to your handset for future use.

Install the application. At the moment InstaMapper supports iPhone (download the app from App store), Android (download from play store,), Blackberry (download from BlackBerry App World, here) and Motorola iDEN, for other feature phones, you can get the apps here. Download the app to your handset and install it.

Start up and log in. After installing the little app, run it and enter the device key from the first step and save the settings. Now sign in to your account and check your cell phone location on Google Maps.

Once you have finished above steps, InstaMapper starts to track your handset, tap the icon and it shows your location information in a short while, including latitude, longitude, altitude, speed etc. The app itself is quite simple, it does not come with any map, so you need to login to their website to view your handset’s location. You can also change the settings, but there really isn’t much to change, you can just leave them at default values.

You can share your whereabouts with your friends too. It’s available in a few ways. You can send a link to your friends, when they click on the link (there are two types of link, one for PC and one for your handset), they will be able to view your location. You can also choose to share your location on Facebook. In order to do so, you need to download their app for Facebook, then use the Facebook tracking key to embed the map. If you have a website or a blog, you can embed the map as well.

InstaMapper uses GPS solely to pinpoint your phone location, it will ask you to turn on GPS when you launch the app. In my test, it finds my location within 30 minutes in house. Really good job. However the weird thing is it sometimes says my speed is about some 20 meters per second even if I put my handset on the desk, and it pinpoints my location some 50 meters away.

Although it does not require cell towers or WiFi hotspots to determine your location, internet connection is needed to transmit your location data to their server. So if you do not always have WiFi connection, a data plan is necessary.

One thing worthies noting is that you can’t track anyone freely unless this someone gives you the login details. This app is just designed to be used among family members or close friends. And generally it couldn’t even be used to find your stolen device, someone simply has to disable GPS or internet connection to stop it from working correctly. And it lacks other features that an anti-theft app has, like lock the device, play a sound and wipe the data etc.

All in all, InstaMapper is a terrific location app, it runs on various platforms, and it can be used  for simple mobile tracking purpose. If you are serious about lost or stolen cell phone tracking, go get an anti-theft app.

2009-Oct-Fri | Category: Cell phone tracking | Tags: ,

How to use mobile tracking system

Mobile Tracking System is a very powerful cell phone tracing app for Symbian Smartphone, developed by Fighter soft Multimedia, it features real-time tracking and messaging services. It is available for PPC and Symbian Smartphone and other mobile devices that support Java and GPRS.

Mobile tracking system uses the built-in GPS to determine your handset’s location, which is very accurate compared to cell tower or WiFi access point based tracking technology. In the meantime, when there is no GPS signal, base stations are used to obtain your cell phone’s position. It allows you to upload cell towers data to their server. Base station data are only known to the carriers, so there is no database available right now contains the GPS coordinates of all base stations around the world. As a result, cell towers positioning system is less accurate than GPS, and WiFi Positioning System as more and more Wi-Fi hotspots are built every year.

Main features:

-Free to use. You can use it free of charge on any mobile device, anytime and everywhere as you wish.
-Send unlimited message, email and reply to others.
-Track your family and friend with their permission, and vise versa. You do not have to worry about your privacy; people will not be able to track you without your consent beforehand.
-Upload base station data to the server. If you have data of your nearby cell towers, you can upload them and help achieve more accurate results for everyone.
-It supports GPS. Use the most up-to-date technology to track your phone or people.

Please note for Symbian s60v2 handsets, you need to download and install both daemons for Symbian S60 2nd Edition and Python libs for Symbian S60 2nd Edition.

A simple step by step user guide:

-First download MTS J2ME version to your cell phone and install midlet.
-Then run it and go to Options -> Settings -> Create Account / Recover. Enter your user name and email address and create account.
-Check your email inbox (password included) and then go to Options -> Settings, enter your user name and password (default 1234, and you can change it in Settings -> Change Allow Tracking), then go to http://www.fightersoft.ro/mts/services.php and find your network operator code and enter it here. Please note if you are not using MTS on a Symbian compatible OS with the cellid feature then type “Yes” in the Allow Only Messaging field.
-Allow the program to access the Internet, if your handset is Symbian based, go to Tools -> Manager -> MTS -> Security and set it.

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2009-Oct-Fri | Category: Cell phone tracking | Tags: ,

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