GPS on Cell Phones

By: Amanda O'Neal
By: Amanda O'Neal

Would you like to be able to find out exactly where your loved ones are at all times? A new GPS tracking service does just that and it's giving parents peace of mind.

Is your kid constantly missing curfew? Do you find yourself wondering where they are? Well now you can do more than just call them on their cell phone- you can use their cell phone to find out exactly where they are.

Cell phones are coming equipped with a GPS tracking system. This allows you to see a person's location on a map on your cell phone or a computer.

Sprint- Nextel is offering the service to its customers through its family locator plan. Parent, Marilyn Romanos is all for it.

" I think that's pretty good because if they're in trouble or you need to get a hold of them or you need to know where they are," said parent Marilyn Romanos.

Surprisingly her teenager daughter agrees.

" I think it's a really good thing to have on a phone. In case of an accident you know exactly where they are," said Michelle Romanos.

Others see it as a privacy issue and feel like "Big Brother" is watching.

" I don't know if that's necessarily a good thing. It seems a little bit scary to know that someone has access even if it is my parents or whom ever could just locate where ever I am," said College Station resident, Megan Damrau.

But cell phone providers say privacy shouldn't be an issue. Most will have security features that will only allow people who share an account to have access to the tracking services. There's also a registration process that requires both parties permission.

GPS tracking in phones have been used by businesses for a number of years. But this is the first time it will be offered to the average consumer.

" I think there will be a lot of unhappy teenagers. I'm not sure exactly how they will react, but I don't think they're going to be very happy about that," said Damrau.

Some older model phones may have GPS capability. Check with your service provider for more information.


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