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September 28, 2008

Mobile Phones as GPS Tracker

The other night, I bumped into Marc & Sharm while driving along EDSA. They invited me to follow them home for a couple round of drinks. It was almost midnight and since I’m not familiar with their area in Mandaluyong, I thought I’d record our route with the GPS on my phone.

I’ve only been to Marc’s pad once, on a convoy. The second time I tried going there alone to help Sharm bring Marc to the hospital, I got lost and spent two hours going around Mandaluyong. Marc ended up driving himself. This time around, I swear I won’t get lost again.

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At least, by tracking our route, I can trace it back again on my way out. I used the Nokia Sports Tracker I wrote about earlier with LifeVine installed on my N82. (Added the green arrow on the map to indicate the destination.)

Indeed, despite the couple of shots of Vodka, it was easier to get out of that Mandaluyong maze and find myself tracing the same route back home. The phone screen of the Nokia N82 was small to get me a good perspective of the map but it was bearable.

Yesterday, I saw a Nokia N810 Internet Tablet on a store in MegaMall and thought it would be a much better GPS device. Only if it didn’t cost Php40k.

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25 Responses to “Mobile Phones as GPS Tracker”

  1. Bunny says:

    As a Civil Engineer working for the government, I really find useful the applications in my N82. The GPS with sports tracker is a very helpful tool especially in preliminary route surveys and GIS applications. The camera is superb for documentation purposes.

  2. BigBird says:

    oops! parang di updated yung map? Wala pang mga buildings ang Global City!? Is that satellite image taken 10 years ago?

  3. jhay says:

    This would greatly be improved if Google Maps had a more detailed map of Metro Manila.;)

  4. It looks like the map from the Google earth. Is the feature handset dependent?

  5. Jerome G. says:

    40k for an N810? That’s too much. The last one I saw was around 24k at Infomaxx at Megamall and Trinoma. Unless they jacked up the price. I could have gotten one if I had enough reason for it, but alas, I’m quite satisfied with my current gear.

  6. BigBird says:

    Don’t need to have extravagant phone just to have GPS on your mobile. You can use other killer apps like Google Mobile Maps and Mobile GMaps. They have a deep level access to SS7 connectivity. And can PIN your location realtime.

  7. Dagger
    Twitter: ssowy
    says:

    Get an iPhone!

  8. yuga says:

    @jhay – it’s actually Google Maps. Not that accurate.

    @Gloria – used LifeVine on a Nokia N82.

    @Dagger – I have an iPhone 3G, haven’t tried it from there though since it drains the battery very fast.

    @Jerome – Saw it in CyberZone, Megamall. yeah, I thought it was expensive too. I should look for that Php24k one you mentioned.

    @Bigbird – will try the alternatives. This one is using Google Maps.

  9. BigBird says:

    BTW these are data intensive applications, so better to switch to unlimited charging rates or time based charging.

  10. elmer says:

    I’ve done same exercise last feb. of this year when i went to my home province in Capiz via bus/roro. equipped with BB 8820 (w/ built-in gps) im txting my long/lat to my bro and he’s keeping track of where location (specially while in the phil. sea) using google earth.. it was fun.

  11. yuga says:

    @Bigbird – tried using my iPhone 3G. Looks better because you can zoom in and out easily and is quite faster actually. Problem though is that it not not track the route I took.

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  13. jaycee says:

    jong,,, is there any new pricing for this gps software? thanks

  14. the new rate for a software to be installed in ur a-GPS phone is P4500.00 per license per mobile phone unit

    the data is validated and we have an after sales where u can call or make a suggestions, complaints and etc.

    thats our difference with other free maps. yes other maps are free but u cannot complain because its free.

  15. quennie says:

    please help me find my phone
    i lost it since yesterday
    i tries calling it yesterday and it was ringing but nobody’s answering the phone..
    and i tried calling it now but the operator said”the number you dial is incorrect”what does that
    mean?

    pls help me….
    email me at zap_rea@yahoo.com

  16. hi queenie. sad to say, you cant have it back anymore…

    as long as na nagpalit na ng SIM ung subscriber, u cannot locate it anymore….pag malocate mo man, panu mo makukuha ang phone mo.

    pero GOOD NEWS, kasi i bought a SAMSUNG phone and i enrolled two numbers na kapag nawala ang phone ko at nagpalit nang SIM ang nakakuha, malalaman ko ang new numbers nya kasi magtetext sa dalawa kong phones…

    i tested it 100% okay.

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  20. GPS Tracker says:

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  21. nubietech says:

    Hi yuga! you should have indicate if this phone is GPS standalone. Most of the phones i see at the malls needs wifi or internet connection to access gps and i found this kind of service quite low tech.

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