Managing Director, Jonathan Cook explains “this is to help us remain competitive in the rapidly growing Location Based Service market. As business and consumers are forced to tighten their belts during the recession they are now looking for even better value for money from LBS providers. We also realise a lot of people just want to try the service without the need to be locked in to an ongoing subscription and with the arrival of the school holidays parents want budget tracking that gives them piece of mind.”
The new tariffs mean it’s now possible to find a mobile for a one off payment of just 19.98p for 15 search credits on any of the four major networks (Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2). GSM tracking is accurate to within 50 – 100 metres in mainland Great Britain in areas of good network coverage. Greater accuracies of up to 1 metre are possible from a range of GPS Tracking devices, which are also available from both websites.
Trace A Mobile and it’s business offshoot Mobile Locators were both established in 2003. Since then customer numbers have been steadily growing as families recognise the safety benefits of registering their kids mobiles and businesses with staff working away from base, such as the haulage and sales force sectors where it is vital to know where staff are at all times for strategic planning.
As Cook reveals this is not the only application people are interested in. “We also get a lot of interest from being who want to locate a lost mobile phone! Unfortunately many people only discover our service after it’s too late, as due to safety procedures we can only trace a lost mobile phone if it is already registered with us first.”
On the new pricing tariff Cook explains, “We want to ensure we have a mobile phone tracking service that is suitable for all budgets and requirements. In the past we have seen huge spikes of interest following a high profile missing person investigations, such as that for Madeline McCann and more recently missing chief Claudia Lawrence and the new tariff mean people can now try our tracking service for limited periods such as the Summer school holidays.”