Spy Tec STI GL 300 Kids GPS Tracker

Product Name:Spy Tec STI GL300 Kids GPS Tracker
Rating:
Price Range:US$60-$70
Device:SOS Button * Waterproof Case
App:Geo-fencing * Historical tracking * Speed Tracking
Deal:International use * T-Mobile only * 1yr Warranty
Pros:Accurate & Reliable
Cons:1 week actual battery life

Spy Tec STI GL 300 GPS Tracker for Kids (small black and grey disc)The Spy Tec STI GL 300  is a small, but very powerful kids GPS tracker designed originally to track and monitor trucks. It is, however, a perfect GPS Tracker for kids of any ages – it can also be used to track adults, vehicles or equipment  in real-time.

You don’t need to download any App from the Google Playstore or iTunes. You can watch your tracker move in real-time in Google Maps and Google Earth. The Spy Tec device can be accessed using any browser from a tablet or a smart phone or even your desk top!

All of the tracking data can be stored for a year and downloaded at any time. You can even get custom reports summarizing your tracking data.

You will also be happy to know that this kids GPS tracker needs to be charged only once every 2 weeks – well, that’s the tracker’s maximum battery life.

Another useful feature related to this tracker is geo-fencing. You can set geo-fences (digital borders) around certain areas and receive text or email alerts when your kids GPS tracker enters and leaves these zones. All-in-all this is a very nifty little device which deserves the high ratings received from users.

We have done the research for you on the following features and functionalities:

kids GPS Tracker Functionalities

  • Accessories: Yes.

    A magnetic case and a belt holster can be purchased separately.

  • Alarm Clock: No

  • Battery Life: Up to 14 days depending on the tracking frequency.

    Battery life is impacted by the strength of your Wi-Fi and cellular coverage. Similar to your cell phone, it depends on usage as well as your environment. The App will send you a notification when the tracker’s battery needs to be charged. A 6-month extended battery pack is also available.

  • Colors: Black

  • Discreet: Yes.

    If you want to use Spy Tec Tracker to track your pet, it cannot really be discreet as it is attached to the collar. However, if you use the Spy Tec STI GPS Tracker to monitor your child or vehicle, you can hide it in a school bag or in your teen’s car!

  • Entertainment: None.

  • Listening-In: No.

  • Phone Functionality: No.

  • SOS Button: Yes.

  • Size:  2″(length) x 1″(width) x 0.8″ (depth)

    Only one size available.

  • Tamper Proof: Depends where it is attached.

  • Text Messaging: No.

  • Touch Screen: No.

  • Tracking Range: Depends on cellular service

    The Spy Tec device has no maximum tracking range – it makes use of satellite technology to determine the tracker’s location, and GPRS networks  to send this information to the Spy Tec servers. This means that as long as the Spy Tec device is within your  T-mobile network reception area and has a GPS  connection, it will continue to send location notifications to the mobile app.

  • User Age: Any age.

    The Spy Tec tracker can be used to track anyone or anything. The tracker has an SOS button so the device can be used as a personal Tracker  as well as a pet tracker or car tracker.

  • Warranty: 1 year Warranty

  • Watch Functionality: No.

  • What is in the box?

    The following items are included when you buy the Spy Tec STI GL 300 Tracker (Note that the device cannot be activated unless a data plan has been signed up for – see info further down):

    • a Spy Tec STI GL 300 device
    • a wall adapter charger plug
    • instruction manual
  • Water Resistant: No.

    However, you can buy a magnetic waterproof case for the Spy Tec kids GPS Tracker.

App Features

  • Compatibility: The Spy Tec Website can be accessed from any device.
  • Geo-Fencing: Yes

    You can set as many Geo-fences as you want with no size limit.

  • Historical Tracking: Yes.

    You can check what your child, pet or elderly mother been up to over a period of 12 months. These reports can also be downloaded and printed.

  • Low Battery Alert: Yes

    The tracker sends a notification to the Spy Tec server when the tracker has low battery.

  • Real Time Tracking: Yes.

  • Reminders: No.

  • Tamper Alert Alarm: No.

  • School mode: No.

  • Speed Tracking: Yes.

    When the Spy Tec Tracker pulls location data, it also clocks speed. You can also set it up to alert you when a certain speed is reached.

General

  • Ease of set up and usage: Users seem to be fine with it.

  • Customer Support Team: 1-877-212-7400 or email support@spytecinc.com
  • International Usage: No, it works only in the US and only in the T-Mobile coverage areas. Check here.

  • User manual: Check it out here. You can also view this video.

  • Subscription: A T-mobile subscription .

     


 

 Review summary:

Current number of reviews: 1,500-1,600

Review rate: 4.5 / 5

 Advice:

Included here is advice from the users as well as the customer support team.

The Kids GPS Tracker:

  • To activate the Spy Tec GL300 Kids GPS Tracker you can visit the following link to submit the GPS Activation form: https://www.spytecinc.com/gps-activation.
  • Please note that the company inserts the sim card already into the device and sends you only the remaining part of the card without the sim – don’t make the mistake to think that the device has been used already, like some users did.
  • The device can also be used as a pet tracker using the belt holster to attach the tracker to your pet’s collar.

The App:

  • Please note that you will access the relevant data pushed to the server directly from the Spy Tec website – no App needs to be downloaded onto your phone/tablet.

The Deal:

  • One/two users advised that you report any malfunction to the SpyTec team – they are very helpful and will ensure that your device works properly.
  • The monthly fee options start at about $25/month, but you can stop and start the monthly subscription as needed.
  • Most reports on Amazon are from very happy customers. Furthermore, the  negative reports (before 2016)  are mostly related to the customer service which they’ve seemed to sort out completely.


Pros:

  • You can access The Spy Tec web portal  from any browser.
  • It is much more effective than the bracelet/watch  GPS trackers for kids.
  • The magnetic case for the device, is waterproof and very strong.
  • You can export the reports data and download it onto your computer. Also, you can  store  historical tracking data of up to 12 months. You can also get custom reports summarizing the data you’ve collected.
  • Users can configure the SOS button to call multiple contacts, including the police.
  • You can use this tracker in different countries without extra charges. So, when you activate the International Roaming feature for the Spy Tec  Kids GPS Tracker, there is no extra charge. Once you’ve activated the tracking service,  contact Spy Tec on 1-877-212-7400  to have the roaming feature enabled. The device will ship with the required T-Mobile sim card already installed.
  • Customer service is US-based (New York) and very helpful

 

Cons:

  • Some people seem to battle to cancel the monthly subscription service.
  • Customer Support used to be an issue to users prior to about 2016, but lately they only get glowing reports.
  • There is no security on the Spy Tec Web portal (not an HTTPS site).
  • Real battery life only 1 week and not 2 weeks as advertised. Most users are, however, happy to charge the tracker once a week.

 

 

 

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