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#190640 7-Jan-2016 12:04
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Hi all

We're heading over to the states in May with our two young boys. We'll be going to some busy locations and so I'm trying to think about ways to keep track of their whereabouts should we get separated somehow. An idea that struck me is to get a couple of cheap Android phones, stick a US SIM with a prepaid account in them once we get there, and then maybe sew them into a pocket or something. 

Trouble is, I'm an iPhone user myself and am completely out of the loop on Android. Can anyone recommend such a device? It doesn't matter how crappy it is, as long as it is unlocked (so will take a US SIM) and has GPS. I don't intend the kids to really even know they're on them so they won't be using them. 

In terms of an app, I'm aware of Life360 which is a cross-platform location tracker that we will be able to use on our iPhones. Open to suggestions for alternatives though.

Or if anyone has any completely different suggestions.

Cheers

Steve

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  #1465084 7-Jan-2016 12:38
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Any cheap Android should do this, I think they all have GPS

I don't think getting a local SIM in USA is necessarily cheap/simple/quick, at least not in my experience.  My advice would be to buy some Three UK SIMs, which you can then put a 10UKP PAYG package on and roam freely in the USA http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Phones/Feel_At_Home


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  #1465131 7-Jan-2016 13:41
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Another option is wait until your in the USA get "burner" phone with GPS, cheap phone that comes preconfigured out of the box that you can use while your their then toss when you finish the trip.

EDIT: Should have added if your kids have Google accounts then logon with the phone and use the Google tracking utility to locate the phone and the kids :). Try typing 'Google locate my phone' into Google then login with the kids Google account. 

Here are some links:

https://www.puretalkusa.com/blog/what-is-a-burner-phone/

http://www.walmart.com/c/kp/disposable-cell-phones


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