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Tech Report – Garmin GTU 10 GPS Locator

Not to be outdone by smartphone tracking apps and other “spy” tools, leading satellite navigation company Garmin has announced that it is joining the “personal and property tracking” market with the GTU 10 GPS Locator.

The small waterproof device (3”x1.3”x 0.8”) comes with a clip that can easily be attached to anything you want to track. Once you register the GTU 10 at my.Garmin.com, the Garmin Tracker service is enabled. Tracking data is delivered across AT&T’s wireless network and users can monitor the GTU 10’s location on a computer or on a smartphone using the Garmin Tracker mobile application.

The Garmin web site gives “children, pets and property” as examples of items that you might want to track using the GTU 10. However, it doesn’t take much imagination to realize how useful a device like this might be to private investigators or suspicious spouses. As Garmin spokesperson Dan Bartel puts it: “Our role is to provide the technology and make it intuitive and reliable. How you use it is up to you.”

Clearly, the GTU 10 could offer peace of mind for parents worried about their kids. It can easily be clipped to a backpack or dropped into a jacket pocket. GTU 10 owners can create up to 10 “geofences” (virtual boundaries) so that they or an authorized friend or family member can receive an email or text message when it enters or exits a geofenced area.

Garmin claims that the battery-powered device can go up to four weeks between charges, depending on the notification settings used. It will also let you know when it’s time to recharge the device or if it has been turned off.

The suggested retail price for the GTU 10 is $199.99, which includes one year of Standard Tracking. The tracking service can be renewed at an annual rate of $49.99. There is also a Deluxe Tracking service plan ($4.99 per month), which offers slightly more tracking options. There are no contracts, and no activation or termination fees.



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