Step 2: Get LAC and CID codes

To know the current location of the cellphone, you will need four level of codes, namely:
MCC - Mobile country code (fixed code and available online)
MNC - Mobile network code (fixed code and available online)

LAC - Local Area Code (dynamic and required from the handset)
CID - Cell ID (dynamic and required from the handset)

The first two codes can be obtained from wikipedia.org:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Network_Code

Check for your country and mobile operator and you will see the corresponding MCC and MNC codes.
For example, for India (country) and Vodafone (Mobile operator) the MCC is 404 and MNC is 01 (for Haryana - State/City i.e. mobile circle)

Now, to get LAC and CID codes you will have to download a software on your device:

http://www.cellspotting.com      – Nokia S60 or above, Sony Ericsson JP7 or above
Network Monitor:
http://www.ottaky.com/midlets.php       - Sony Ericsson JP7 or above

Cell track:
http://www.afischer-online.de/sos/celltrack/      - Symbian S60 or above

Net Monitor:
http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-parizene-netmonitor-iCEn.aspx     – Android

Cell finder:
http://code.google.com/p/codetastrophe/     - Android

Cell Tower Locator:
http://www.appbrain.com/app/cell-tower-locator/tm.app.cellTowerLocator    - Android

Install the app on your phone.
Start the App and get the LAC and CID codes.

Now, here is the tricky part... some phones like Android and IPhone provide you with the codes in Decimal format (which is good) and some like nokia and SE provide them in Hexadecimal format.

You will have to convert those hexadecimal codes into decimal codes in order to enter them in to the search bar.

Log on to: http://www.statman.info/conversions/hexadecimal.html

Enter value on the left hand side and click on "to decimal'  and copy the copy generated on the right hand side.

Can it be possible to gps a metro cellphone with out installing any application on it
<p>Now you can track one's GPS location very easily with the effective tool.....follow the link below:</p><p>http://www.softwaredownloadcentre.com/software/phone-sheriff.php</p>
Is there a way to gps a metro phone with out installing an app
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.
<p>Useful apps to track friends &amp; family mobile tracking https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alayada.mobiletracking</p>
Thanks! <br>All the best! and please share the results with us...<br>
<p>I have found useful application to tack friends &amp; family</p><p>https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alayada.mobiletracking</p>
How to truck our love ones and friends
<p>Hey guys! Do you know pozzr.com ? They have no iOS version yet, but it works well for me.</p>
<p>We can also track the mobile phone without any of the app like above. Google device manager and location history will definitely do its part better. http://www.techracket.com/how-to-track-an-android-phone-without-an-app-guide-to-find-a-stolen-phone/</p>
<p>Wow, it's amazing! I just know how to track the GPS location of a cell phone with tracking app like iKeyMonitor( http://ikeymonitor.com ), but it seems this way is also very useful.</p>
How to find cell id of cell phone
<p>Thanks, your post very useful. But you said that LAC and CID were dyanamic, so how can we find that in our friend or family members phone.</p>
<p>thanks for your great information</p>
<p>Stolen phone impossible to recover in most cases. If they do format the phone when it comes to GPS tracking</p>
<p>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</p>
<p>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. </p>
Thanks ,Very useful
do you have a version that works with a Blackberry 8520 ?<br>i need a program that works on that mobile device please !
hi, i do not have any app. it is just a piece of information. sorry but you will have to find it online. All the best!
You can also use http://www.plarz.net/index.php?page=gsm-tracking service from plarz for tracking starting from cid and lac code...
Very, very cool. Thanks so much for your generosity. LOVE THIS!!
Thanks for appreciating.
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Fantastic information and quite helpful. Thank you.
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