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BEST budget GPS tracker?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by jakeaheli, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. jakeaheli

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    Just make sure you have an active data plan on the unit. Best to test it out on a mobile phone before.

    Do the frequencies match on the usmobile network with that on the specs in the manual of your RF-v16 unit?
     
  2. jakobe75

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    Yep its all activated and should be solid, the only problem is 'yes' there is active 2g service.....it is soo far spread out that its only being utilized in metro areas. They told me today that they dont even include updates to the 2g network on their coverage maps anymore....so who knows where it works and where it doesnt? Sim was tested in two different phones with same results......functional but no service on 2g bands.

    It appears that the Rf-v16 (and tk-102) might be dead in the usa outside of downtown areas. I'm shipping mine back if nosuccess after tomorrows tests.

    The cheapest 2g plan with talk/text/data is $9 a month now. (Plus fees). It's Just not worth $72 a year for 3 year old hardware and a limited range and the threat of shutdow. Sucks but this is what the end of 2g means. Was hoping for better results.
     
  3. jakeaheli

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    Ahh man that does suck... Feel for ya.. Hope you find something that works. The RF-V16 is definitely a great piece of technology. If not invest in something like the Trackimo or even ping which is about to be released pretty soon. I've heard some good things about them.

    Worst case you go for the $9/pm plan which isn't too bad for a few months. But all upto you. All the best! Thanks for your help :)
     
  4. jakeaheli

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    Just curious. Do you have a reachfar (R) symbol on the left hand top?

    This is what mine looks like and it doesn't have that (R) trademark.
     

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    Yep, its a genuine model. Brand new packed well, and sealed from ReachFar, all accessories, watch straps, chargers, lanyards ect. The knockoffs dont come with these things.

    There's is just no cell coverage in 2g here. Or anywhere near here in any useful capacity.

    I got it to connect when I went near the highway in town. The device is nearly useless otherwise. If it had a signal it would work fine.
     
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    I thought the RF+V16 was 3G compatible. I'm seeing it adverstised everywhere that it is 3G compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile? Am I missing something?
     
  7. jakobe75

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    I have not seen it advertised as 3g compatible anywhere, this device was built many years ago for the 2g network. some 3g cards are 2g backwards compatable, but the radio inside is a 2g radio.
     
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    Here is a description from Amazon. Are you saying it's still 2G but the backward compatibility of a 3G card is what makes it work? This is good info as I was about ready to order one.

    • 3G sim card support to use AT&T ,T-Mobile sim cards support
     
  9. jakobe75

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    That information is from 2015. Read the customer questions. The seller acknowledges that it is only 2g.
     
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    Thanks for saving me the aggravation.
     
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    Yes, most if not all 3g cards can operate with 2g, think of it like a legacy mode.

    2g is spotty and coverage poorly reported in the usa. I have a fully active 3g/2g similar card in my rf-v16 and it will not connect. On the 2g T-Mobile / US-mobile network.

    I am stuck with this device, will buy a trackimo next. They are 2g and hve a 3g version. I do not know how their 2g is still active. But 2g is shutting down for good maybe this year. Every where for the usa.
     
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    my rf-v16 stopped working back in December when At&t shut down 2g network in my US area.
    I ordered a jm13 watch which is a kids 3g gps tracking watch, even has a small camera on it. Running on the H20 at&t 3g network. It weighs about 38g vs the 28g of the rf-v16. The GPS is spot on.
    The app is called SeTracker.
     
  13. jakeaheli

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    I've been testing my rf-v16 on many occasions and different places - no issues at all here in Australia. I'm hoping 2G will be extended on the Vodafone network past September 2017. Lets see!
     
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