As tracking cell phones becomes increasingly easy to undertake there are a variety of issues regarding the disadvantages and issues that mobile tracking has over conventional tracking devices.
Coverage Cell phone tracking works on sending an indication to the mobile phone and monitoring where the return signal comes from by triangulating the length from three or more phone masts. The problem with this form of tracking takes place when the phone is in a remote area or somewhere with poor coverage. If the mobile cannot connect to the masts or the signal is simply too weak then locating a person can be difficult.
Power Life of the battery pertains to all tracking devices, whether it's a conventional tracker, GPS phone or an ordinary mobile. Once the battery is dead or the phone is switched off there isn't any possibility of tracing an individuals whereabouts. With mobile phones the issue is less likely as more often than not people keep their phones charged up. However, it can be a particular frustration with tracking devices, which will need a constant check on battery charge.
Secrecy If you wish to make use of your cell phone like a tracking device for the car by simply leaving it within the glove compartment or door pocket it could end up being the next stolen item should your car be broken into and will serve no purpose in retrieving your car. You need to, however, manage to find the thief. Tracking products are smaller and fewer simple to detect making them more suitable for this type of work.
Privacy One of many concerns individuals have over mobile phone tracking is the ease with which it can be undertaken. Simply knowing someone's phone number and achieving access to their phone for five minutes is all you need to install a tracking account. Regardless of the illegality of the operation, there will always be many people who are ready to operate away from law. The easiest method to control this is to continually keep your phone close to you and check previous text messages, as this is the way the tracking company notifys you that they're providing the service.
Trust One of many issues with using phone tracking to monitor or track children or elderly relatives may be the feeling of deficiencies in trust on your part. Although you are likely to have resentment and arguments with children anyway, relatives may react equally as resentful despite all of your good intentions.
Ultimately the issues will depend on what you decide to use a mobile phone tracker for. Whether it is intended for use in the countryside or perhaps a teenager's pocket, to follow a potential lost car or let people know where you are.