Originally Posted by Martee
Using a GPS tracker to prevent theft, is a good idea and one we all considered, until that monthly billing adds additional cost that most people don't want.
I used a GPS tracker overseas for potential vehicle theft, and whenever movement was detected, the device would transmit its location coordinates by text every 5 minutes, until movement terminated. Then texted its location every 30 minutes for two more hours. No 4G data sim was required, no monitoring service required, no monthly charges. Just a sim card that does call and text.
You then go online to google maps and enter the texted GPS location to see where the device and vehicle is located. I do not believe any company sells a GPS tracker to work with only a call/text sim card. If you do find any vender let me know.
I ended up with the Trak4. ~$50 AND monthly data plans. I went with a $19 month to month plan (as low as $12 if paid yearly) that tracks up to every two minutes and send alerts when moved from a "geozone" you map out on the internet browser interface. The geo zones has worked perfect so far! You get a text on enter and exit. No movement alerts per se.
2 minute reports use up battery charge but you can plug in but then thieves may find. I got mine stashed well and gives a strong signal in rural AZ. You can dial it to any report interval you'd like. I actually have it at 15 minutes and unplugged and will gauge life. Uses typical USB charging cord so if I can find a longer one I'll switch to 2 minute reports.
In the past week since I've had it and played around it has 2-5 meter accuracy with most being in the 2 meter zone. It logs reports and coordinates you can view in app or Google maps.
Not the best but the best value I figure. I stashed mine in a spot I hadn't even noticed after crawling around the coach for hours so surmise a thief wouldn't find before I had a lock on him.
Cheap peace of mind!