Following the theft of my Defender I have decided to fit a tracker to the replacement Defender and below is my experience of the chosen device.
I ordered one of these and it arrived a couple of days later, the contents of the box are shown below
The kit included the tracker itself (shown second left in the top row and you can see it is very compact), mains charger, in car charger, a magnetic back if you decide to use magnetic mounting (next to the tracker), a waterproof zip lock bag (bottom left) and an O2 sim card, there is also a mini cd but I can't play that.
Set up was really simple:
- Activate sim card in a suitable phone, luckily wife wires phone is O2 and disable voicemail (text 1760), I then set up an online account and set up automatic payments so if my credit gets below £10 it adds £10.
- Insert sim card and battery and charge for 11 hours.
- Initialise the tracker by texting 'begin123456' 123456 is the default password and this is easily changed, after a text is sent to the unit it will respond i.e. 'begin ok!'
- Set up the phone that can access the unit, these phones will all receive messages from the unit, so I set up my phone first by texting 'admin123456 447769etc' note the use of country code to support international roaming. After setting my phone, now the primary phone, I repeated the above message with my wife's number. This may have been a mistake because she can now check where I am at any time!
The unit is now set up.
Telephone the number of the tracker and after a short while it will send a text to all of the registered phones with lat, long, speed and time. The text also includes a link to google maps so you can see the position.
There are lots more features that can be set up like a movement alert but I have not set that up at the moment because it would need deactivating every time that I use the vehicle but I shall start using it after the holiday - again simple to use text 'move123456' to the tracker to activate the feature and 'nomove123456' to cancel.
Once charged the battery has a 120 hour life so I am using this to identify the best position prior to properly installing the device but so far is working well in my first choice of location, I was concerned that I might not get gps reception where it is but it seems ok.
So far I am really pleased with the function and the simple set up and would highly recommend it.