Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor
|Product Name:||Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker|
|App:||Historical tracking * Geo-Fencing * Activity Tracker|
|Cons:||Only AT&T network|
This pet tracker sends notifications when your pet leaves or enters a specific zone. You control this functionality from the Whistle3 App by setting geo-fences around certain areas.
The other very useful functionality is of course the Activity monitoring functionality – this way you can determine how active your pet is during the day. Many users report that the Activity monitor motivates them to take their pets for walks when they receive low activitiy notifications. Seems like this pet tracker was definitely designed to help us care better for our precious furry kids.
You can also use the app to do historical tracking of the pet tracker ,i.e. to find out where your pet has been over the past 24 hours.
In addition to this, the Whistle3 is also waterproof which makes it a great choice for tracking bigger dogs. We all know how much they love their water sports!
Just note that you have to have WiFi at your home in order to use this pet tracker.
We have done the research for you on the following features and functionalities:
Pet Tracker Functionalities
Accessories: Yes. The Whistle3 comes with a collar attachment piece.
You can buy an additional collar attachment piece if needed.
Alarm Clock: No
Battery Life: Up to 7 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 Whistle3 App will send you a notification when the pet tracker’s battery needs to be charged; and a full recharge only takes 2 hours!
Colors: Light Grey
Discreet: Depends on the wearer.
If you want to use the Whistle3 to track your pet, it cannot really be discreet as it is attached to the collar. However, if you use the Whistle3 pet tracker to monitor your child or vehicle, you can hide it in a school bag or in your teen’s car!
Phone Functionality: No.
SOS Button: No
Size: 1.82″(length) x 1.45″(width)
Only one size available.
Text Messaging: No.
Touch Screen: No.
Tracking Range: Depends on cellular service
The Whistle3 pet tracker has no maximum tracking range – it makes use of satellite technology to determine the tracker’s location, and GPRS networks as well as WiFi networks to send this information to the Whistle3 servers. This means that as long as the Whistle3 device is within your WiFi area or AT&T network reception area and has a GPS connection, it will continue to send location notifications to the mobile app.
User Age: Pets mainly.
It can, however, be used to track anyone or anything.
Warranty: 90-day money-back.
Watch Functionality: No.
What is in the box?
- a Whistle3 pet tracker
- a charging attachment
- a micro USB cable for charging
Water Resistant: Yes, waterproof.
Users report that their dogs go swimming with the trackers and it keeps on giving location updates – so it is definitely waterproof! .
App Name: Whistle3™
Activity Tracker: Yes.
The Whistle3 tracks your pet’s active hours and sleeping hours.
Compatibility: Android and iOS. The App can also be downloaded onto your PC as well.
With the Whistle3 pet tracker you as parent can set as many Geo-fences as you desire with no size limit.
Historical Tracking: Yes.
You can check what you pet’s been up to during the past 24 hours.
Low Battery Alert: Yes
The app sends a notification to the Whistle3 App when the tracker has low battery.
Real Time Tracking: Only on request.
This means that the Whistle3 sends location updates as frequently as requested: if you press the “start tracking” button, it sends location updates every 1-2 minutes. Otherwise, it just alerts you periodically when your pet approaches geo-fence boundaries, like “your pet is now 200 feet from home” .
Tamper Alert Alarm: No.
School mode: No.
Speed Tracking: Yes, to some extent.
The tracker can monitor the difference between movement (activity) and sleep (inactivity). You will therefore not know at what speed the Whistle3 tracker was moving, but you will know when it was moving and when it was stationary.
Ease of set up and usage: Users seem to be fine with it.
Customer Support: Good
International Usage: No, it works only in the US and only in the AT&T coverage areas. Check here.
User manual: A hard copy is included in the box.
Subscription: Exclusively via Whistle.
Each Whistle product has its own subscription service to a dedicated mobile network provider – it connects to At&T in the United States. You will therefore need to buy a data plan connected to your device (not included in the price for the Whistle3). Currently the company offers 3 different plans: a monthly plan , an annual plan and a two-year plan ranging from about US$7 – 10/month. Get your subscription plan here.
Review rate: 4 / 5
Included here is advice from the users as well as the customer support team.
The Pet Tracker:
- The tracker attaches to a pet’s collar/harness of up to 1 inch wide.
- The whistle 3 is recommended for pets of 8 lbs and above.
- The location fixes are sent via 3G .
- Customer Support: Phone 844-5-WHISTL or visit their support centre: http://support.whistle.com/hc/en-us.
- You need WiFi around your home, or which ever area you want to mark as a safe zone (geo-fenced area). Data uploads are via the WiFi when in range.
- Remember that only the tracker is limited to an AT&T contract – your smart phone on which you download the App can be linked to any service provider.
- You get your notifications via email, text or app messaging when your pet leaves their safe place.
- The app is well designed and easy to use.
- Activity and sleep monitoring.
- Customer service from Whistle is very good.
- Water proof and shock resistant.
- Battery Life of up to 7 days
- 24 hr Historical tracking – check where your pet has been the past 24 hrs!
- The pet tracker requires AT&T cellular service to accurately locate your pet and send notifications via the Whistle 3 App to your cellular phone.