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post #1 of 23 Old 01-31-2017, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Live GPS tracking on phone

I'm a bit behind phone tech apparently but just found out you can use your phone (if it has a data plan) as a GPS tracker.

There are several versions of apps but I went with LocaToWeb. The app itself was $1.99

You start the app on your phone and it sends the GPS location. The track shows on a map and when active will show the direction of travel. (Click on the tracks button on the home page to see the public tracks).

The phone will cache tracks when there isn't cell reception and then send when connected. The tracks themselves don't use much data.

Tracks will show as public unless you create an account (free) and select your track to be private.
It works, it's cool.
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You don't even need a data plan for a phone to work as a stand alone GPS.
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Active GPS tracking on phone

On my iPhone I use Galileo maps (free version). I purchased California Trail Maps for off-road use. Load the trail maps or another map into the Galileo app and you can do the same. No data plan needed.


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You don't even need a data plan for a phone to work as a stand alone GPS.

Yea I know I've got an old phone that I use for GPS.

This app sends tracks real time like a Spot or InReach so people can see your trip on a HTML map.
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That's cool...kind of like a poor man's Spot. The downside is the data connection part; I've been in a lot of places out west where that wouldn't work. Still, for $1.99, it would be good peace of mind for the family when you're out touring alone.

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That's cool...kind of like a poor man's Spot. The downside is the data connection part; I've been in a lot of places out west where that wouldn't work. Still, for $1.99, it would be good peace of mind for the family when you're out touring alone.

Yea I live out in the middle of nowhere and might not have cell reception for a hundred plus miles sometimes.

I haven't tried it yet but according to the app it will cache tracks when there is no service then upload when it connects.

I bought a PLB because I didn't want to pay a service plan. I had a Spot and my wife misses the tracking when I'm on trips. So hopefully this will work for her.
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What's a PLB?

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What's a PLB?

Personal Locator Beacon

I've got this one: ResQlink PLB

It's mostly for a no fooling need to be rescued situation. There is a text service that runs on the device's self test functions. I use it to check in and can ask for mechanical help. That costs about $60 a year. It is limited to the PLB's number of built in test functions, about 200 on mine over the 5 year battery life.

I backpack and fish in remote areas so carry the PLB then too.
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I'll have to check those out, thanks.

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I may have misrepresented the Galileo function. It records tracks and I know they can be uploaded to sites like Facebook. I'm not sure if there is a way for automatic tracking. I'll have to do some research. I have a Delorme in reach but only have the cheap monthly plan. It would be cool to have free real time tracking.


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