Tracking App for your Phone

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You might want to look into SPOT.

We use it when one of us is not at home, and the other is out in the woods. It can do breadcrumbs for tracking, as well as SOS messages that send location and a preprogrammed message, e.g. "I am injured send 911 help." or "My horse is in trouble, send a vet." It is a subscription service, but the peace of mind is huge, at least for me. The device is a little larger than a pack of cards, and needs some view of the sky, so we wear it as an arm or ankle band.

All the best,

Peter
 
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What did we do before we had all this ability to stay in touch with anyone at any time under any conditions? Some people view this as progress and a much needed convenience. I can see that at times , but there are other times when I wonder if it really is nothing more than an effort to address one's insecurities. Some days I am tempted to throw my cell phone in the river:confused:
 
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Our iPad uses Bing maps and it is terrible. It is certainly not very accurate as Google is. Bing is nowhere near the resolution of Google either.
 
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I'm pretty sure the google maps app for iPads and iPhones is free. I use it on my phone often.
 
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Another thing - I wonder. If there is the need to know where somebody is - you have a cell phone. Just call them and ask. Why this secretive tracking system. Why the need to monitor somebodies every movement.

I know of nobody who needs to know where I am at any moment of the day or night. If it's so damn important - call me and if I think it's that critical - I'll tell you.

That's one of the reasons I leave my cell phone OFF if I happen to take it with me when I leave the house. I have the cell phone or the Emergency Button on the Taco Wagon if I need assistance.
 
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Another thing - I wonder. If there is the need to know where somebody is - you have a cell phone. Just call them and ask. Why this secretive tracking system. Why the need to monitor somebodies every movement.

I know of nobody who needs to know where I am at any moment of the day or night. If it's so damn important - call me and if I think it's that critical - I'll tell you.

That's one of the reasons I leave my cell phone OFF if I happen to take it with me when I leave the house. I have the cell phone or the Emergency Button on the Taco Wagon if I need assistance.
Our kids and we travel by car a lot to each others' houses. It's a 5-6 hour drive to one, and 12.5 hours to the other. We allow each other to follow our locations. For one, it's nice to know how far they are from the house so we know when they're getting close, we can meet them at home, and likewise for them when we go to visit.

For another, in this day and age, if they were to get car trouble/abducted/car jacked/whatever, we might wonder why they're taking so long to get here, and could see their location and determine if something is wrong. If they veer from their highway route, we'd see that something is wrong.

My mother in-law will not get a smart phone. She's independent, lives alone, and likes to go for drives. She is active in several clubs, likes to take drives in the country, and likes to visit casinos in the area both alone and with friends (which she's started to do after a year and a half off due to covid). So we talked her into getting a life alert. She likes the idea of being able to contact someone IF there is a problem, and, likewise, we can have them locate her if there appears to be a problem. She's been religious about wearing it. It keeps her independent and she likes that.

It's kinda like carrying a gun. If you don't carry it all the time, it could be useless IF you need it.

If you don't have your location shared BEFORE you need someone to locate you, it could be too late to turn it on if you need it.
 
  
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Another thing - I wonder. If there is the need to know where somebody is - you have a cell phone. Just call them and ask. Why this secretive tracking system. Why the need to monitor somebodies every movement.

I know of nobody who needs to know where I am at any moment of the day or night. If it's so damn important - call me and if I think it's that critical - I'll tell you.

That's one of the reasons I leave my cell phone OFF if I happen to take it with me when I leave the house. I have the cell phone or the Emergency Button on the Taco Wagon if I need assistance.
My wife drives to Houston a couple times a month for dog shows, and she will also drive several hours to other locations for dog shows. If I do not hear from her, and she does not answer the phone, I want to know where to start looking.

As a Contractor,I get calls from people several times a week to come look at their houses. I don't know them and anything could happen on my way there. I could be anywhere, in any direction, from Tyler. What if I got into a wreck and nobody knew where to look?

I was out mowing this afternoon on our land. It's 68 acres of pasture, thick woods, 2 ponds and a creek. If I didn't come back for dinner, where would she go to find me? What if I was injured and unable to use my phone?
 
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My family (myself, wife and kids) use the Apple phone app (Find My) that came embedded in the phone. It's handy for lots of things.

I travel quite I bit and sometimes my wife can't keep straight what state/city I'm in. She can look at the app and tell, she can also tell if I'm still traveling, or finally made it to my destination.

It also comes in handy when cooking dinner. We can get a lot of traffic near us, and when my wife picks up the kids from school, I can see how close she is to getting home, so I can put dinner out.

It also gives all of us a piece of mind that we can find each other if there's ever a problem. I do quite a bit of hunting and hiking with my kids and it's nice to know that someone can find where I'm at if necessary, especially if I'm incapacitated.

Sure, some of these things can be handled with a phone call. But I get annoyed getting a phone call, "Where are you?", when I'm about to pull in the driveway. This makes it simpler.
 
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Apple, google, facebook, blah blah blah all track you 24x7 and sell that information to other businesses.

For your safety and security you are not allowed access to that information.

Every week or so I get an email from google "you let your wife track your phone. Are you sure you want to do this?" I NEVER get an email from google asking if I want them to track me. By the simple fact I turned on my phone the lawyers say I have already agreed to be spied on, monetized, and sold.
 
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What did we do before we had all this ability to stay in touch with anyone at any time under any conditions? Some people view this as progress and a much needed convenience. I can see that at times , but there are other times when I wonder if it really is nothing more than an effort to address one's insecurities. Some days I am tempted to throw my cell phone in the river:confused:
i have come to the conclusion that EVERYTHING in life is a double edged sword.

Can't think of a thing that's not.
 
 
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