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

Step 2: Get LAC and CID codes

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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:

Cellspotting:
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.




 
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