Since the terrorist attacks on 9/11, there has been an increased demand for improved 911 emergency calling capabilities. This demand, in turn, has resulted in better cell phone GPS tracking technology. After the events of 9/11, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released orders requiring all cell phone carriers to provide the ability to trace cell phone calls to locations within 100 meters or less.
In order to conform to these requirements set by the FCC, most cell phone carriers have decided to integrate the GPS technology into their cell phone handsets. Many have opted for this move rather than overhauling the tower network.
However, the cell phone GPS tracking in most mobile phones is not like those in your handy GPS receiver which allows you to take hiking in the outdoors. Most cell phones do not even allow the user direct contact to the GPS data. There are also some units that accurate location data is only recorded if an emergency call is made or if special arrangements are made with a location-based service provider (LBS).
There is still hope for the cell phone carriers to gain the cell phone GPS tracking services. Actually, there are now fully GPS-enabled phones that can be used in conjunction with third-party location-based services. To mention just a few, these GPS-enabled phones include Nokia, Motorola, and Beneflon.
Here is an overview of these popular cell phones with GPS tracking devices:
Nokia of Finland
In recent years, Nokia announced plans to make the Xpress-On GPS optional hardware available to 5140 phone users in North America. Their Xpress-On GPS optional hardware makes it possible to use location service applications over GSM wireless networks.
You may already know that Motorola manufactures a series of cell phone GPS tracking units for Nextel. In particular, these cell phone GPS tracking units include the Motorola i205, i305, i530, i710, i730, i733, i736 and i830 iDEN(TM). According to Motorola, the programmability of these GPS-enabled cell phones allows the developers to create applications that make the GPS data much more readily available to the user, as well as the location-based service providers.
Nextel is now offering a number of cell phone GPS tracking solutions that can be used with the aforementioned Motorola phones. One of the most notable cell phone GPS tracking solutions that have been developed by Nextel is the Mobile Locator. Affiliates of Nextel have supplied other solutions, as have Mapquest, Trimble and other third parties.
Beneflon has already developed two cell phone GPS tracking devices, the Track Pro and ESC. As often asserted, these solutions are high-end cell phones designed for use in professional security and personal safety applications. These also include a fully-functioning GPS which provides accurate location data to the user without assistance from the network. And, it is important to note that while these are not Internet enabled devices, they have a number of features perfectly suited for interactive communication between the user and a service center. And, perhaps what is best about Beneflon cell phone GPS tracking equipment is that Beneflon itself is a multi-band GSM wireless network phone that can be used in a number of countries around the world.