Do it Yourself Real Time GPS Tracking Device

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Do it Yourself Real Time GPS Tracking Device
Build your own GPS tracking device. (gps image by AlcelVision from

A GPS tracking device will allow you to keep tabs on a person anywhere he goes in the world in real time. You can instantly know his location, his altitude, his speed and his heading, so you can keep tabs on your loved one at all times. Best of all, you can do it completely for free.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Web-enabled cell phone
  • GPS tracking software

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  1. 1

    Get a Web-enabled prepaid phone. You can purchase these online from companies like Boost, Target and These will allow you to set up a GPS tracking device without having to commit to a contract or a monthly bill. As of March 2010, they start off at about £32.40.

  2. 2

    Do your research on GPS software. There are a few free GPS software services that you might consider for tracking. These include Google maps for mobile, Instamapper, and (see Resource list). Any of these will allow you turn a mobile phone into a tracking device.

  3. 3

    Sign up for the service that you've chosen. As of 2010 these are all free. To register, create a user name and a password and provide a valid e-mail address, cell phone number and mobile service provider.

  4. 4

    Wait for a few minutes and you will receive a text message with a link to the download and installation instructions. Use the Web browser on your phone to follow the link, and follow the instructions to install the software.

  5. 5

    Track the phone by logging into to the website where you registered. You will see a map with a blinking dot and your user name next to it. As the phone moves, you will see it move on the map as well. The site will also keep a 30-day history of movement.

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