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Old 04-01-2010, 11:37 AM   #1
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Wink Use a smartphone like a SPOT Tracker?

How feasible is it to use a smartphone (e.g. Android, iPhone, Blackberry) as if it were a SPOT Tracker?

Mostly I just want my wife to be able to pull up a web page and see where I'm at, and which way I'm traveling or if stationary. When riding I can't readily send or receive calls at a whim so this would give her a way to have some contact.

The fact that it would only work in areas with cell coverage is acceptable to me.

Do the major smartphones have this capability? Is it built-in or does it cost an extra service fee. (I'm already paying a large monthly fee, seems like this ought to be included.)
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:46 AM   #2
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No smartphone necessary. I use it on my Nokia 6650. Plus you can put your location on your Facebook.

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Old 04-01-2010, 11:55 AM   #3
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This is a free one for the iPhone.
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:54 PM   #4
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Do it all the time with my PDA.
It leaves tracks, I can upload geotagged photos. I can set the upload rate based on how much battery power I want to use. It even has location based weather and many other features. It is free, and includes Google maps, searches and directions.

The software runs in the background and I don't even know it is there unless I want to look at the map.

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Old 04-09-2010, 01:48 PM   #5
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This is a free one for the iPhone.
Actually, it looks like this app -- InstaMapper -- supports most smartphones, including android, iphone, blackberry, and others. I am looking into it for my Droid.
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:36 PM   #6
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Wow, this is really cool. I just read it here 10 minutes ago and already have it up running on my iPhone!

Here's my location being shared:
http://www.instamapper.com/ext?key=11455971271242987611

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Old 04-09-2010, 02:46 PM   #7
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With a mobileMe account, you can locate your iPhone with the "locate iPhone" feature. It's not as good as the app you just used, but it's good to let your wife know- just in case.

I've used it to find my lost phone. You can make the phone scream for help (a "ring") even if it's on silent. Great when it's fallen between the couch cushions. Probably a cruel joke to play on someone if they're at a movie though. But you have to have access to their account.
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:26 PM   #8
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Yep, have the mobilme feature for lost iPhone, but I'm planning to use this tracking feature to populate my adventure trip location on my blog/website and here on my RR.

Of course I also have a SPOT II on order to do this tracking AND to send "I'm OK" and "HELP!" messages. A little redundancy can't hurt.
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Old 04-09-2010, 03:50 PM   #9
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Wow, this is really cool. I just read it here 10 minutes ago and already have it up running on my iPhone!

Here's my location being shared:
http://www.instamapper.com/ext?key=11455971271242987611

Thanks to intothenew
This app looks great - I think that's what I'll try. Thanks for sharing your position, also.
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:18 PM   #10
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Question Verizon Android

On the instamapper website they say that Verizon shuts off the GPS access on their phones. Does anybody use this on their Verizon Android? I am getting a new phone in the next couple of months and I like the Android and I like the instamapper service. I just want to make sure it will work.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:55 PM   #11
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On the instamapper website they say that Verizon shuts off the GPS access on their phones. Does anybody use this on their Verizon Android? I am getting a new phone in the next couple of months and I like the Android and I like the instamapper service. I just want to make sure it will work.
They are referring to some blackberrys (corporate users, as I understand it), not to the Motorola Droid or other android phones. I have the droid & GPS works fine for me. In fact, I no longer use my Garmin in the car, because it is so much easier just to use google maps nav with the droid in the car dock.
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:18 PM   #12
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After reading this thread I installed instamapper and Google Latitude on my Sprint Blackberry. I wanted to try out both to see which one I prefer. I have to say that Instamapper draws a better map than the Google Latitude but there is a price to pay for this feature - the battery doesn't last long at all! Plus it is so easy to use. Now my wife tracks my progress home from work on a regular basis so she can figure out when to cook dinner. I very rarely used the SPOT for commuting so she never checked it. It is easier for the both of use. While Instamapper is super convenient, it is not a replacement for the SPOT - just a better city alternative.
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Old 04-15-2010, 04:25 PM   #13
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going to try the instamapper for the 8350i. looks good so far. first few minutes put me right where i am.
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:35 AM   #14
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When I first saw this thread, I thought it was just crazy talk.

I just registered and loaded instamapper, on my BB Bold, and am trying it out.

Great idea/concept.

Here is my idea of a really cool motorcycle app:
Lets say you have 5 or 10 riders in your group going on a multi day trip. All of them would have this app loaded and running on their phones. Everyone knows the destination for lunch and end of the day, and everyone has a different pace, and want to take pictures of different things, and take breaks at different times.

One of the riders has a SuperHawk with a small tank and poor fuel economy. Lo and behold he doesn't show up at lunch. I whip out my phone and see that SuperHawk rider is stopped on the side of the road 8 miles back, (out of gas).

Yes it looks like this instamapper can do this, but my question is can it show all 10 of the riders in your group at one time, on one screen?

And to take it one step further, SuperHawk rider could push a button to indicate what he needs (gas, flat tire, tools, accident, etc). Is that possible (maybe in another app?)


Thanks for the link to this program!
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:34 AM   #15
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just an FYI

Blackberry Tracker is another one for blackberry devices. I have used it for a couple years. Works great.
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