Is there a possibility that Ting would provide some kind of GPS tracking service like ATT's FamilyMap?
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ditto~

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  • I would imagine the more features, the higher monthly costs in the long run.

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  • Even if Ting isn't able to provide it free, it is totally OK to provide it as an extra selectable service; moreover, selectable service that can be managed/charged per line~

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  • Hi Jay,

    We haven't considered offering such a service and we probably wouldn't. This seems like a job for an app rather than something we should be doing.

    Have you looked for apps that do what you need at Google Play?

    Anyone else out there have an idea of how to duplicate this feature through existing apps?

    Cheers,

    Ken. 

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  • Thanks for all the replies :)

     

    I have seen some third party service like that, but they all charge quite a bit.....Would be really nice if this a low cost or even free option~

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  • Just noticed a few free gps tracking app in the google play store

     

    gonna try them out soon :)

     

    Thanks again for the hints~

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  • That's great Jay. If you have the time it would be great if you could report back on what you end up going with, if anything. 

    All the best. 

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  • Hi Jay,

    Had soccer games all day yesterday... so just now getting a chance to chime in.

    Our family uses "Google Latitude" in conjunction the "Backitude" app.

    Backitude App:   https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gaugler.backitude&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImdhdWdsZXIuYmFja2l0dWRlIl0.

    It is free and works really well.  And most importantly, does not drain your battery like most GPS tracking apps do.

    The only catch is that it only works on Android phones.

    Here is how I set it up:

    Each Android phone is set up to report it's location as follows:

       - When disconnected from a power source, it reports once an hour.  This is reporting interval is configurable to a faster or slower reporting interval.

       - When connected to a power source, it reports its location every 5 minutes.    This is reporting interval is configurable to a faster or slower reporting interval.

    These setting is what allows it to not drain your battery.

    If the phone is disconnected but want to know the location of a specific person, you can initiate a "Forced Backitude" which sends a request to the cellphone to update it's location now.

    It is extremely reliable.

    To view the locations, you can open Google Maps on your cell phoneand select the "Latitude" layer to see all the phones connected to your Latitude account.

    You can also go to Latitude on your laptop:    https://latitude.google.com/latitude/b/0/

    We love it! 

    If you decide to use this, I can provide the specific settings that I have found to be very battery friendly.

    Quite honestly, I do not notice a battery drain at all when compared to before I loaded Backitude.

     

    Cheers! 

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  • Oh, thanks Mendez for the suggest, I really appreciate it!

     

    I've been actually trying the Life360 and the GPS Tracking Pro, they kind of works as I expected, but now I'm gonna download the google latitude and the add-on app too. The hourly background report sounds just what am looking for~

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  • Thanks!  That is great info on exactly what I'm looking for.

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  • You are both welcome!

    Let me know if you have any questions. 

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  • Ouch...just realized I need only the Backitude(a google app) to be installed on the phone and run at the background to continually send locations to the google server. Then I can see all the locations or history(lining up all the dots on the map) by logging into the gmail account at google map or google latitude(website based, not an app).

     

    I was goofed and though there was an app called Google Latitude....searched the google play store..got a tricky thing named Goodev Latitude.......................

     

    Life360 is also quite good BTW, it has real time locating, channel chatting, emergency calling; and especially, you can initiate a locating of your friend rather than waiting for the auto-feed from the phone, this is a big pro. In other words, Life360 can give you the opportunity to locate your friend while others are likely checking a routine log(although the data can be as fresh as a real time locating, as long as the settings on the phone are right)... The final reason I end up with Backitude is that it has a really clear view of location history, it lines up all the dots to make it very easy to see, and most importantly, it's website based, and can be accessed from phone and computer, while LIfet360 use only numbers to identify location points...such as 1am you're at dot 1, then 3am at dot 2....Ouch...am supposed to arrange up a whole bucket of numbers......

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  • @Jay,

    Like Life360, you also have the option to request a real time location feed from Backitude.

    Actually, in the Backitude app update from two days ago, you can add a Backitude widget button to your android home screen.

    The button can be assigned to a specific contact such as your child.  So, when you need to know where your child is, just press the button.

    The widget button then sends a text with a message "Force Backitude Update" which triggers the child's phone to update their latitude location immediately.

    Enjoy! 

    BTW, thanks for sharing your insight/experience regarding Life360! 

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  • If you just want to know where all your phones are on any web browser, try Lookout. I recommend it anyway for securing your devices.  Otherwise, try Real Time GPS Tracker.

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