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2006\01\06@143808 by Gus Salavatore Calabrese

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Is this the cheapest method for GPS tracking ?
( $50 )
Are there cheaper methods ?

AGSC

See below :

GPS-Tracking Kids Cell Phone Worn Like A Wristwatch

By Personal Tech Pipeline Staff        Personal Tech Pipeline

Hop-on, Inc. plans to launch today at CES 2006 in Las Vegas a GPS  
tracking phone for children that kids wear like a wristwatch.

Called the Chitter Chatter phone, the device costs less than $50.

A feature called "Track-Me!" enables children to send the address of  
their locations to their parents' cell phones via SMS with the push  
of a button. Parents can track their children by sending an SMS  
message to their child's phone. The parents will receive the address  
of the child's location. The location can also be tracked over the  
Internet.

Kids can easily contact parents using the "Mom," "Dad" and "Home"  
speed-dial keys. Parents can also control who can call the phone and  
whom their kids can call using seven parent-programmed numbers.

Hop-on's Chitter Chatter phone offers easy activation and set-up,  
according to the company. Customer service will be offered online and  
through live operators.

Hop-On Chitter Chatter Phone
http://www.hop-on.com/kidsphone.html

2006\01\06@151248 by Robert Rolf

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Phone GPS generally has little processing power on board.
Most of the work is done by the cell site using timing info
sent by the phone, so position is not really user accessible.

I looked into this at length when a local store had
refurbished 'GPS' phones on sale for $25.00. Without the cell
site processing, the GPS info simply doesn't exist.
Remember that CDMA and TDMA (GSM) need very precise timing,
so the phone just needs to report the time stamps it gets from the
GPS satellites, and need do nothing more sophisticated.

Search for "E911 GPS" for lots of links to the topic.
GPS world.com had some articles on the topic a few years ago.

Robert

Gus Salavatore Calabrese wrote:

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2006\01\06@192431 by William Chops Westfield

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On Jan 6, 2006, at 11:39 AM, Gus Salavatore Calabrese wrote:

> Called the Chitter Chatter phone, the device costs less than $50.
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Plus a monthly service fee, of course.  Or does it behave like
a standard cellphone in that respect?

BillW

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