Okay so received the device today and it requires a service plan in the app. :( $9.95 a month to as low as $6.95 a month for a two year plan. FRACKING hate these hidden fees. state up front you've got to cover something :( but i guess it's not that bad a price for possible cellular service for this unit so I'm going to test it out.
So after activating...took seconds really...the location so far looks to be dead on. I'll test more tomorrow as I take it to work, which will also take it out of the, what looks to be 1/2 mile, home base location. which should cause a text message alerting me of this.
I got a SIM card from H20 wireless yesterday or the day before. I have yet to activate it. I got so much on my phantom that putting this tracker and OSD functionality will be the last thing I add cuz my phantom only runs for six minutes now :(.
Hmm... I wonder if I could get a FreedomPop SIM to work in one of these babys. I use a CDMA MVNO for my regular cell service, so adding it to that isn't an option, but I might be able to work the FreedomPop system for very low cost service for it. EDIT: Looks like FreedomPop is also CDMA, so no dice there.
@ruouttaurmind Wow, I wish I had seen that before I bought mine. Total weight of my GPS tracker is 52.2gram. The main unit w/o battery is just 35.0 gram. For $12, I may buy it to just test it out as well. If it's just as good, I'll use it. Is that 30g with or w/o battery?
@garyhgaryh Best guess? It's probably an internal battery. All the product vendors I checked that include a packing list make no mention of a battery in the parts list. So it's likely integrated. Also have a look at this vid of the thing in action: The guy says they're not legit.
@ruouttaurmind I assume the guy is just testing, otherwise I have no idea what his thought process is like. The comments are foreign :(. I'll look into this before I order, but I should try out the one I have before I order this.
@garyhgaryh I went ahead and ordered the $12 tracker today. It's coming from China so I have a few weeks to figure out how I'm going to get GMS service for it. I'll let you know what I learn once it arrives. Seems the biggest complaint is position accuracy having an unacceptable tolerance.
Just got my H2O card today. Still waiting on the device to come in from China. Guessing that I'll go with the Pay as you go plan as I don't need a monthly bill from something I'm only using every so often. Also going to look into hard wiring the device to the Phantom if I can so that it automatically powers on and starts working when I go out to fly.
@DJMajickMan That looks interesting. I have yet to activate mine. I need to enter my IMEI # for my device but I'm not sure if it matters if I enter the one that goes with the GPS or the phone I'll use to setup the card.
@DJMajickMan please let me know how it goes. I'll try to set mine up this week. I want to do some testing on my new multistar batteries.. This is the longest I've gone w/o flying my quad - over a week.
@garyhgaryh Yeah GPS TXT message does not respond only the DW command and that's way off as stated below :( Still getting the same 4000 level Longitude. Maybe China has a different way of translating Lat/Long but the image it sends is still a solid blue screen with BERAN JIŘÍ s.r.o. near the center of the screen. I'm not in the Czech Republic :( That's not even remotely close to the DC Metro area
@DJMajickMan which gps tracker did you get? And what service are you using? h20? put the gps outside and let it obtain lock (put it out for 10-15 mins should do) and try getting the coords to see if it's right.
@DJMajickMan Ok i think you got the $12 one with h20 wireless, right? When you registered your sim and it asked for IMEI#, what did you use? The IMEI# from the gps or the device you used to set up the tracker?
@garyhgaryh the IMEI is your H2O imei. I'm not sure this Mini A8 has actual GPS. It was on me for my car ride into the office so it was outside more than long enough to have gotten GPS lock. the Latitude number looks to be about accurate but from what I've been seeing lately this may only be getting location from Cell towers. Which is useless for tracking down your quad if you lose it. I've e-mailed the seller about how to use GPS if it does exist on this thing but...not holding my breath on this. Had to activate the H2O first as well so now I've got a pay as you go SIM that may be useless if I can't find another unit that actually works and needs it.
@DJMajickMan Wow, what a liar I am. Well, two months after I wrote my last replied, I finally tested my GPS tracker tonight. I have another phone with an H20 card that let someone borrow. I got that phone back just last week so I decided to use it instead of starting a new service since I have over $70 left on my H20 account and that balance expires in Dec. I popped the sim and the battery in (I charged it over 2 months ago) and sent the command to initalize and it responded "OK". I called the # and a few secs later it sent me my location and a link to google maps. I clicked on the link and it brought up a browser and a pin drop where I am. It even pointed to the correct area of the house I was in. I pushed the SOS button on the unit and it sent me a location updated every 3 minutes. I cancelled it by typing "help me!" and it responded with an "Ok". This GPS tracker is awesome. I can set up perimeters, speed alerts, and active tracking where it will send me a location every x-secs. I can even authorize (up to ten) which numbers can call into the gps tracker and get the position info. For $25 or so I paid for this unit, i'd say it's inexpensive but packed with features. And most of all, it works (it tracks where I am). The only thing I don't know how to use is the monitor function. It has a mic on the tracker which allows you to listen in. I also don't know how to use the address mode. Giving it the address command will return an address of your location, if available, but you have to register with their website (no address given).
Overall, this device is awesome and worth the $25. It works for me with no issues.
@DJMajickMan Yeah, w/o cell service you're on your own :). But if you lose gps signal, it will send you it's last known coordinates and it will use cell tower triangulation. All trackers have it's limitations. I bought it knowing it's limitations. I thought about bluetooth trackers but the range is limited.
@DJMajickMan I'm using H2O on the tracker and my main phone. Just buy the $25 tracker and put your sim in. I bet there's a high probability that i'll just work. The only issue with this product is that the on/off switch does not work. I thought it was just me, but I read the reviews. No working on/off button. Just pull the battery out - simple solution, but a hassle.
so far this Mini A8 is SH!T!!! The location I received from it doesn't exist on earth and when brought up in Waze says it's 112660.9 miles away from me. WTF it's also got previous tracking data listed on their site up until 2/14/15 all in China. You'd think they'd clear that :(
38.632053, 4217.664323 <- wtf it doesn't even go to 200
Might have to file a claim with Amazon on this. They can't seem to get it to work and want to only offer me a $4 refund for it. This would still leave me with a H2O contract I'd have to cancel or find another lightweight GPS model that needs the SIM card. :(
Refused the initial offer and they doubled it so now I'm getting $8 back. Guess for being able to keep the device I'll not file a claim. I can use it at least for tracking it down by sound maybe since it's got mic's.
If anyone cares, my GPS tracker went 4 days until I got my low battery alert (it will text me when the battery is low). Not bad. I noticed a few times it doesn't know where it's at so it will text me last know location that it sent me. Not sure what's going on. I will put a microSD card in it to see if that helps (not sure if it's running out of memory).
@ruouttaurmind Also, if I can contact it and it doesn't give me the current location (it sometimes get stuck with last known SENT location vs current location), this thing is almost as good as useless.
@DJMajickMan I gotta play with it a bit more, but that seems to be the major issue with this GPS locator (for me at least). Most of the time it will work, but if I keep asking for location, it will just keep sending me the last sent location. It's obvious when it doesn't know where it's at since it sends the text in a different format.
forgot to take it with me on the hike over the weekend. But my initial test taking it to work showed it's not 100% accurate. Close enough to call your pet back to you and give you a better search circle.