Is there any way to track a cell phone?

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  1. Beans Yee-Haw Registered Senior Member

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    Is there any way to track a cell phone?
     
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  3. Beans Yee-Haw Registered Senior Member

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    if you want to know where your kids are for instance, that kind of thing.
     
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  5. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Aren't you the one who was trying to block a phone last week ?

    Are you involved in stalking someone?
     
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  7. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Yes. The police, CIA, FBI and many others have devices than can locate within 5 feet where the call is being made from.
     
  8. scorpius a realist Valued Senior Member

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  9. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    either a stalker or a controlling husband. :bugeye:
     
  10. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    Yes.
    Cell tower triangulation.
    It is still only accurate within a few hundred feet, but it is getting better.


    Also, many cell phones come with GPS devices built in.

    Why?

    If this IS for your kid, you can get a phone with that functionality built in.
     
  11. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    That's an incorrect statement - none of them are that precise. And incidentally, there are still a lot of cell phones around that don't even have the E911 feature and you can disable the feature on many that do. And besides that, the ones that use GPS tracking can also disable the software.
     
  12. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    That's what you think. I guess your not up on the latest spying techinques that have been developed in the past 2 years which can give those agencies the precise location of cellphone calls.
     
  13. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    Then please provide us with links that substantiate your claim. And since you seem to think it works on ANY cell phone, be certain to include that in your proof.
     
  14. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    http://www.fbi.gov/

    https://www.cia.gov/
     
  15. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    Now THAT wasn't very bright - just linking to their home pages!!! Either do better than that or admit you were wrong in the first place.
     
  16. Xelios We're setting you adrift idiot Registered Senior Member

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    Why would you want to track someone's cell phone? Even if it is your kid's, tracking their phone is just a bit overbearing don't you think?
     
  17. Defiant Registered Member

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    Not an expert on it, but telephone companies can easily pinpoint where the calls are made from, and law enforcement agencies can subpoena such records. I am not even sure the phone needs to have GPS ability anymore to be able to be tracked.
     
  18. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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  19. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Thanks SAM!

    Mobile phone tracking technology relies on the use of triangulation - taking the signal strengths registered from your mobile phone at a minimum of three nearby GSM receiver masts. As the mobile phone companies know the position of each mast, and can tell the signal strength of your phone at each of these nearby masts, they can use this to calcuate your position to a certain degree of accuracy (within about 50 to 100 meters).
    Approximative error range:

    10 meters (max.) For europe cellular and United Europe.
    25 meters (max.) For North America Territory.
    50 meters (max.) For the rest of the World.
     
  20. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    *cough cough* you should er, try it out first.

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  21. Read-Only Valued Senior Member

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    And those numbers are MUCH different from the 5 feet you originally claimed. Get it now??? Compare 50 meters with 5 feet if you don't get it yet.
     
  22. Beans Yee-Haw Registered Senior Member

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    Stalking, hah nope. Im in a cell phone battle. I was gonna launch first strike, now i have to find MY phone, lol. Its supposed to be ON, so when i call it i can find it. I want to know if its even in my house.
     
  23. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Even a phone that is turned off has a signal. The cell phone provider can locate it.
     
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