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Verizon Launches Tracking Device Verizon Smart Locator

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Verizon just released a tracking device, similar to the one AT&T sells called the SamsungSmartThings Tracker. Verzion’s tracker is called Verizon Smart Locator. Put this tracker on your keys, pet, bag, or anything you don’t want to lose, and you’ll be able to track it down. “For pinpoint accuracy wherever your mobile network is present,” this gadget uses a combination of Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi-based positioning (WPS), and LTE coverage.

The Smart Locator can track items even if you are nowhere near them, this is different from the Tile where it has to be in Bluetooth range of you.

You can set up different options like geofencing or adjusting the frequency of location pings with the companion Smart Locator Hub app. You can also add up to 10 contacts, whom you trust, to have access to check the location of the Locator in case you can not.

The Locator uses LTE-M technology, not full-on LTE like your smartphone. It requires less bandwidth on Verizon’s network. The Locator will work as long as it is in an area with Verizon LTE coverage. The Bluetooth function will still work if the Locator is outside of Verizon LTE coverage, but you will have to be in Bluetooth range of it.

The battery life is said to last up to 5 days, but that might be stretching it. 5 days is if you have the settings “3-hour pinging frequencies and a 12-hour-per-day sleep mode settings”. Usage time is up to 120 hours. But if you are sending frequent pings and using real-time location, the battery will drain pretty fast.

When you purchase the Smart Locator, $99, you will be given a year of free tracking, but you will be charged $3 a month after that. The Tile pro tracker is priced way cheaper at $30, but has a 300 feet range limit since it only uses Bluetooth.


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