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Old 08-16-05, 12:36 PM   #1
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Cellphone Gurus - Track AGPS?

Googling turns up a lot of answers to questions I haven't asked...

Does anyone know if there is a way to track an AGPS-enabled cellphone? I just got a Motorola V265 (Verizon is the carrier) and thought it would be fun play with the technology. I've found a couple of sites but they seem to cater only to Nextel phones.
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As it was once explained to me, it is a feature mainly used to track people if they come up missing (namely children). I don't think you can just track it for fun.....I was told you had to contact Verizon to have them turn something on to track the phone.
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Apparently, with AGPS, the network knows where your phone is to within a few yards, assuming you've got decent coverage. It's relatively new stuff. I'd never heard of it until I powered up the phone and it said, "Verizon aGPS", and I thought, "What's that?"

The phone display shows an icon saying it knows where it is. (Like crosshairs in a circle)

The manual doesn't say much other than it can be used by software to provide the phone's location. That's why I'm wondering if there is any software (or a web site) that lets me locate the phone.

There are pay sites for Nextel phones. One I saw is designed for nervous parents... It tracks location on a map, speed, etc, so parents can track their kiddies. I haven't found any that say they work with Verizon. Maybe I'll call Verizon...
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I'd heard that one of the phone companies was offering a "big brother" feature. Kind of unsettling. I don't know of a way to track that particular phone, but I can think of a way (if you know how to code) to track a web enabled phone with GPS.

It should be relatively simple to write an application that gets the GPS longitude and latitude, then sends that to webserver encoded in a URL. Of course, not everyone has a webserver, but it would be a fun project if I ever gave in and bought cell phone.
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