written by: Brenda Barrett•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 5/19/2011
Some of the cheapest real time GPS tracker available are exceptional in quality and does the job just as well as their more expensive counterparts. Five highly ranked cheap GPS trackers are reviewed in this article.
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People need GPS trackers for all sorts of reasons and whilst some persons are still weary of the cost associated with anything GPS they would be pleasantly surprised at the deals that are out there for these GPS trackers. Many of these GPS trackers are also value for the money so though they may not be the most expensive they still get the work done. Let us look at five of the cheapest real time GPS tracker(s) available on the market today:
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Holux M-1000 32 Channel Wireless Bluetooth GPS Receiver
This GPS tracker is exceptional because of a few qualities, it is very light about the size of a matchbox it weighs about 52 g with the batteries included which makes it extremely easy to carry around it is smaller and lighter than a cell phone. It has a good battery life; according to the manufacturers it lasts up to 23 hours, it uses LI-Ion batteries which takes some initial charging time. However, the good news is that these batteries are pretty easy to find online when a replacement is needed for a very small cost. It is very easy to use and can be easily paired up with cell phones because of its Bluetooth capability. The M-1000 is very accurate and even has an indoor signal. The only glaring disadvantage with this receiver is the fact that it is not waterproof. Hence, it may not be wise to use it in or near water. However, for the price of $45 this device is one of the cheapest real time GPS tracker available and is real value for money.
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Zoombak ZMBK346 Advanced GPS Universal Locator
Zoombak's Advanced GPS Universal Locator is very reasonably priced at $75 and a monthly fee of $9.99. It is quite small, lightweight and offers water resistant options through its Zoombak pouch which makes it a practical locator to place on pets. It can also be used to monitor family members or placed in cars. Zoombak uses satellite and cellular technologies which is a reliable way to establish the position of the locator. A very practical feature with this locator is that whenever the monitored object is out of the zone you created as a safety zone then you will be notified via text or email. You can then pinpoint the exact location of the object via the company website or their toll free customer care line that is available for 24 hours.
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Realtime GPS/GSM/GPRS Tracking System Tracker Device
This device can be found on Amazon for $89.95 and is on the list for being one of the cheapest real time GPS tracker(s) available on the market today. It has many other pros apart from the price. It works with most cellular carriers which means that you can use the sim card already in your cell phone. Its main feature is that it is very precise when locating the device on Google Earth, it does not attract a monthly fee as do other trackers because it comes with a free tracking software which is compatible with Google Earth. It uses lithium battery that can last up to an impressive 6 days and it comes with a waterproof pouch and a magnetic cover.
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Q-1000XT: Qstarz BT-Q1000XT Bluetooth Data Logger GPS Receiver
Another highly rated and one of the cheapest real time GPS tracker available on the market is the positively reviewed Qstarz BT-Q1000XT Bluetooth Data Logger GPS Receiver for under $100. This tracker is sold for $98.95 on Amazon. This is a very small- pocket sized, sensitive GPS tracker, it can pick up signals inside buildings with ease and it comes with a long battery life. The battery lasts for up to 40 hours and is easily replaced with a standard Nokia battery used in cell phones. It also comes with accessories like the practical carrying case, this protects the GPS from damage and also allows the user to attach it to their person with ease. It also comes with a cigarette adapter and mini USB cable for charging; mini CD with the software and its manual. There's no wall charger, but I don't need one anyway. Another outstanding feature is that it ca be used in conjunction with a cell phone through Bluetooth to become a personal navigation system.
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M-241: Holux M-241 Bluetooth Data Logger GPS
This is a very compact GPS logger which costs a very reasonable $69.99. For that price you can get a comparatively fast and sensitive Bluetooth GPS unit. It has a tiny display which shows the coordinates, speed and a mini compass and it features a backlight for the user to see properly the little screen. It runs for twelve hours on a regular AA alkaline battery. The accompanying software for this little gadget can export route and waypoint data in a number of formats including Google Earth. A common complaint is the incompatibility of the USB cable with Windows XP.
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