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Old 12-24-2010, 12:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi. My daughter will be studying abroad in Europe for the 2011 spring semester. We are looking for a reliable GPS Tracking application for her Verizon Wireless Blackberry Bold 9650.

The basic features we are looking for are:
- Support a Verizon Wireless Blackberry Bold 9650.
- Will work world-wide (primarily US and Europe).
- Communicates coordinates via email or BBM (want to avoid roaming txting costs).
- Has a web based interface where we can view her travels.
- Configurable communication intervals (ex; communicate coordinates once per hour, once per 30 mins, etc.).
- Lightweight and does not suck up the battery excessively (I understand that there is some overhead required).
- Easy to follow installation and configuration instructions.

The app must be reliable and easy to use as my ability to provide my daughter "tech support" while she is remote will be limited.

Does not have to be one of the free apps. I am willing to pay a reasonable price for good software.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations (free app or otherwise)!
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InstaMapper - Free Real-Time GPS Tracking

instamapper.com

I've used this program with my wife and myself, when traveling, you can turn it on/off and track realtime online. Works very well.
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Verizon international data roaming charges are going to eat you alive! Think about a non-BlackBerry solution with a local SIM card. Nokia phones are huge in Europe still, and some offer the services you want. The reason I don't suggest a BlackBerry solution is that you'd need a local contract, which means a new BlackBerry (GSM) and a significant commitment as far as time goes. There may be a pay-as-you-go solution for BlackBerrys that's worth looking into, but you can probably do it all much cheaper with a used Nokia N95 (still has one of the best cameras for phones). It does mapping, geo-tagging, location-bases services, email, etc.

Maybe ask over at Howard Forums: Nokia

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