Technology has made the world smaller and more accessible. What used to take months to travel now takes hours and the only way to know where you’re going is to have been there first. But these days modern technology has made it possible to see the whole world and travel through it as though you were born in the area. And nothing makes you more familiar with the terrain than a GPS.
The GPS helps you find anything, anywhere! You can find restaurants, homes of friends, buildings or malls. And the best part is that it helps you find the quickest, most fuel efficient route to get there. Back in the day, GPS devices could only be installed in vehicles. But these days you can install a GPS in almost anything that moves: cars, buses, vans, airplanes, boats, and motorcycles even in your own cell phone.
There are a lot of reasons why people install GPS in cell phones from keeping track of family members or just an effective way of getting around; you can follow the steps below to install a GPS in your cell phone.
- Check GSM. Make sure that your mobile has a GSM modem to allow the GPS to link to mobile devices.
- Insert your SIM. GPS devices have a slot where you can slip your cell SIM card in. It is usually found at the back of the device or you can consult the device’s user manual to find it.
- Power it up. Connect the tracking device to a power source. If you’re using a vehicle powered device, you need to either turn on the engine or an electrical port somewhere in your vehicle. If you’re using a hand-held battery powered one, you need to place batteries in it and turn it on.
- Set the SIM. Refer to your user’s guide to set your SIM to be able to send and receive data. Most services like these usually require a password to be registered and put in place before you can access them. Passwords are the first line of security against abuse and fraudulent transactions so make sure you put in one that is unique to yourself.
Be advised that these are not brand specific instructions as each manufacturer may have a different way to install GPS on mobile devices. Usually found in the user’s manual, more detailed and specific installation instructions can be found. All that being said, these instructions are pretty general and straightforward as most manufacturers rely on a fair amount of compatibility for their devices to work with each other.
If you’re the kind that’s not too techie, you can download GPS apps for your phones as well. Better known brands like the iPhone or Blackberry have third party apps that you can purchase and install without the added hassle of installation .You may also want to check your mobile service provider for identical services. Sites like Google Earth can get you a GPS-like service without additional purchase and serve the same purpose.