The 4 Best GPS Trackers in 2021

The 4 Best GPS Trackers in 2021

To cut through the clutter of GPS trackers that flood the market, we’ve picked out the four best trackers in 2021.

And not only the best GPS trackers, but one that’s perfect for your unique situation. 

From the car enthusiast who wants to track his or her car 24/7, the manager who wants to monitor their fleet of trucks.

To the stressed out parent who’s always misplacing their keys or the avid hiker who gets lost.

We’ve got a tracker for everyone.

 
Car Enthusiast Installing a GPS Tracker

The Best Theft Tracker

There’s nothing worse than wondering if your car is going to be left where you parked it. It seems like at any time a thief could steal your caravan, motorbike or even your boat.

It’s happened to your neighbours, your friends or even you.

But what if you could get back your pride and joy? 
Wouldn’t that be the ultimate form of justice?

On top of that, your insurance premiums don’t rise and you don’t have to pay your excess.

But, which theft tracker do you choose? 
You should be looking for a tracker with the following characteristics:

Low Monthly Subscription

3 Months of Tracking

Unless you’re opting for real-time tracking (which we don’t recommend for theft protection). 

Your subscription should NOT be more than $15 a month.

Because we built our own tracker we have insider information on how much it should cost you. 

And anything over $15 a month is too much.

Why?

As they have either purchased an off-the-shelf tracker or their fees are lining their pockets. 
Both are bad options in our books.

But you also don’t want to use a free tracking app because of the following reasons.

 

Privacy

A thief looking at you

You don’t want your data, especially where you’re travelling daily, to fall into the wrong hands.

And if you don’t pay a subscription, that’s where “free” tracking apps get you.

You become the product. 
As stated above, a subscription shouldn’t cost you more than $15 a month.

So although you should pay a subscription, don’t pay an exorbitant amount. 
And a nice bonus that comes with some subscriptions is a dedicated support centre.

Even better if that support centre is in your own country!

Australian Support

Aussie Customer Support

If a thief steals your vehicle, you need the right help by your side.

Check to see if the company you’re interested in has the following:

People manning their phones.
A live chat option.
Responsive email support.

Because you don’t want to leave yourself wondering what to do if thieves steal your vehicle. 
Check that the GPS tracker you’re ordering has responsive email times at least.

And go to this article to learn what to do if your vehicle is stolen.

The Right SIM Card

Worldclass SIM card

Using the right SIM card is essential to how your GPS tracker performs.

Especially in Australia because the 2G network is no longer online. 
Even more concerning is the 3G network is being disabled in 2024.

On top of that, SIM cards like Aldi’s state that you cannot use them with GPS tracker.

(And they can turn off their SIM cards at any time).

Your best bet is to find a tracker that comes with it’s own SIM card, your subscription should cover this cost too.

Within Australia, it’s best to check your SIM card is either Telstra/Optus with 4G for the best coverage.

This is also a good opportunity to test how responsive their support is. 

Give that GPS company, a call, email or chat and see how responsive they are and you can ask any lingering questions.

To try out Solid GPS’ response times, call 03 9015 4529.

Ease of Use/Battery Life

Solid GPS Battery

The problems involved with wiring-in a tracker outweigh the benefits.

As a wired tracker is easy to find from a thief’s perspective and it costs extra time/money to install.

The only upside we discovered was there’s no recharging involved.

But you then have to worry about the unit draining your vehicle’s battery.

If you invest in a quality wireless tracker, recharging doesn’t become an issue as a good wireless tracker should last you months.

So how much battery life should you expect in a GPS tracker?

Anything under two months is unacceptable as you might forget to recharge your unit.

And in reaching that two month threshold, your tracker should be easily hidden.

Around the size of a credit card should be a good fit (taking into account it’s thickness).

Boundaries & Geofences

Alert Sign

What you’re able to do with most trackers is select an area around your home, work, etc.

B
oundaries and geo-fences are what you call these special zones.

Then if your vehicle leaves one of those areas, you’re notified via your phone and email.

This is an essential feature as you want to know as soon as possible if your vehicle is stolen.

Now that you know you shouldn’t pay more than $15 a month for boundary alerts, SIM cards, privacy and support.

How much should you pay for a tracker?

How Much Should You Pay?

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I’ve seen trackers that go for over $800.  And I’ve seen tiny units for $15 with no subscription.

(Those tiny units don’t work in Australia because they run on the 2G and they last about a day).

So how does a reliable tracker cost?

We recommend between $100 – $300 for a single tracker.

As anything less than $100 is of lower quality.

And anything above $300 means they either don’t know how to make a cost effective tracker. 
Or they’re lining their pockets.

Because we built the Solid GPS tracker, we understand how much a tracker should cost you.

Find out more about Solid GPS here.

The Most Important Factor

Cake

Reviews are a fantastic way to find out other people’s experiences.

If you’re a forum user, posting a thread about a particular tracker should highlight the good and bad.

Or post a thread asking what tracker they would recommend.

If you’re set on a particular tracker, you should check out their google reviews.

To do this go to google.com.

Enter in the company name.
And read the reviews on their business page profile.

If they have a ton of poor reviews. 
Or worse, no reviews. Steer clear.

Which Theft Tracker Should You Choose?

Because you’re a very busy person, we’ve compiled a table of the most popular anti-theft trackers on the market.

The Best Fleet/Wired Trackers

Fleet trackers/wired in trackers are where it starts to get expensive. 

Not only are you paying extra for real-time tracking but extras such as fuel consumption, behaviour monitoring, route optimisation, installation, etc.

Since your situation is unique, the best we can do is recommend you write down what you’re looking for in a fleet tracking situation.

Or print out the image below. (The blank spaces are for custom features you’re interested in).

To print out the below image, right click on it, and press the print button.

Fleet Tracking Checklist

Then contact a couple of fleet trackers and compare their services & price. Don’t forget about installation costs and on-going service.

If you go in with a plan of what you want, you should have no problem at all. 
By 2022, Solid GPS will have developed it’s own cost-effective fleet tracker. 

Go here and send us a message if you’re interested in our fleet tracker.

The Best Bluetooth Trackers

Apple & Android

You lose your keys or wallet inside your home at least once a month.

It’s a common problem but there’s an easy solution available for you.

A Bluetooth tracker. 

These won’t help if you drop your keys and move 100 metres away.

But if you forget where you place them in your house, then you’re in luck.

How these nifty little devices work is by connecting to your phone’s Bluetooth and attaching to your keys or wallet. 

Once connected you can ask your phone to point you in the right direction of your keys and wallet.

We have two recommendations depending on your phone:

Apple Airtags

This is a no-brainer if you own an iPhone. They’re easy to sync up to your phone and use in general. 

They cost around $50 AUD per tag.

But they aren’t good for tracking people or protecting against theft because of Apple’s anti-stalking practices. 

If a thief steals your vehicle with your Airtag inside it, they’ll be notified and have the ability to disable it.

Tile

Tile is the best alternative for you if you don’t own an iPhone. It’s basically the Android version of Airtags. 

Around $50 AUD per tile.

These units are also not recommended for theft protection as they will lose connection to your phone after 30 metres.

If you’re looking for theft protection, learn more about our anti-theft tracker here.

The Best Human Tracker

Old people walking

If you’re a hiker or want to keep track of someone, no matter where they go, spot is the best tracker for you.

As they’re one of the only GPS trackers on the market that can track outside of cell tower reception.

However, because they use satellites to track, they’re expensive. 
Plus their units need an unobstructed view of the sky to find a strong signal.

On top of that, their battery life isn’t the longest.

But if you can get past these downsides, a spot tracker is the perfect companion for you on a hike.

Conclusion

Tracking devices are a fantastic way to:

– Protect your pride and joy. 
– Monitor your fleet.
– Find your keys because somehow they aren’t in the last spot you swear you put them.
– And accompany you on an adventure.

But we’ve seen first hand how deceptive and frustrating looking for a useful tracker can be.

I’ve seen tracking companies claim their trackers work in Australia, when they only run on 2G.

(The 2G network is no longer in operation in Australia).

And I’m sure you’ve experienced searching for a phone number, email or anyone to talk to and coming up short.

Or waiting days for someone to get back to you when you asked a simple question.

To avoid getting any more frustrated, we’ve done the hard yards, we’ve asked the questions they don’t want to answer and detailed our results below (for theft trackers).

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