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Track your location without using GPS (using LAC and CID)

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Hi,
We all need a tracking device at some point to keep a track on our friends, family or our belongings (vehicles... my precious!) etc. but not all of us can afford the cost of a GPS device.So, i decided to find on the internet if there is a way one can track his/her location using the common cellphone (sadly not all cellphones can do this at this moment). And, to my surprise there is a unique way to keep track of ones location using this method.

You might be knowing about Google maps for mobile by now. Google maps comes with my location feature that tells your approximate location without using GPS. Cool...! Isn't it....? But we cannot use this feature remotely to locate the device.... huh!
So, what is the technology that google uses to track the device and how can we use it to track it remotely???

To know more about it... lets get started!
 
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Step 1: Knowing the science behind it

The my location feature works on the cell tower technology. The cell tower of your operator generates some unique codes to locate the area where it is. So, basically my location feature points out the location of the cell tower from where you are getting the reception. Simple!

All we need to do is get these codes, send them to our computer via email/IM/SMS and enter them in the google maps. This way we will be able to track the approximate location of the device.

So, what all things do we need to track a cellphone?
Things we need:
1. A smartphone/cellphone - Android, IPhone, Blackberry,Nokia - S60 or above, Sony Ericsson - JP 7 or above (other than these not many are supported).
2. GPRS or internet connection.
2. Software to get location codes.
3. A working computer with internet connection and ofcourse Google maps.

That's it!

Proceed to step 2...


thanks for your great information

RamK42 months ago

Stolen phone impossible to recover in most cases. If they do format the phone when it comes to GPS tracking

rinku0056 months ago
rkye8 months ago

hi i want wright research about ,select point when some one call to operation room bout but i don't know anything ,could you help me what i will do please i need you help

Soalib9 months ago

Ghostrack is a perfect app for tracking an android phone without using internet. Its free, simple but very useful. you can easily download it from google play.

cgrrty11 months ago
Thanks ,Very useful
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soll862 years ago
do you have a version that works with a Blackberry 8520 ?
i need a program that works on that mobile device please !
primius863 years ago
You can also use http://www.plarz.net/index.php?page=gsm-tracking service from plarz for tracking starting from cid and lac code...
rschuster3 years ago
Very, very cool. Thanks so much for your generosity. LOVE THIS!!
Cooldeal3 years ago
Fantastic information and quite helpful. Thank you.
janet_aj273 years ago
hey Bhai sahab, very very interesting and useful knowledge.this would be very useful if people download and save this info to use incase their cellphone is stolen or they are missing (possibly including been kidnapped). God bless you for your contribution. will definitely try this 'ible.