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Garmin GTU 10 GPS locator coming to AT&T May 15

gtu-with-quarter.jpgThe Garmin GTU 10 GPS locator is coming to AT&T online and at select retail stores beginning May 15. The GTU 10 is a small, lightweight and waterproof device that easily can be attached to your dog's collar, a child's backpack, a car or other property. Dimensions of the GTU 10 are 1.34" x 3.07" x 0.79" and it weighs just 1.71 ounces. So it easily can be concealed on pretty much anything you own that you'd want to track.

Using the web-based Garmin Tracker service, delivered to the device through the AT&T wireless network, users can set up up to 10 geofences (virtual boundaries) for each device that will trigger notifications. Each time a boundary is crossed, the system can send an email or text message to the user or authorized friends and family members. The service also provides tracking history, with the last 10 locations for Standard Tracking and the last seven days using Deluxe Tracking.  Apps for iOS and Android devices are available for tracking when on the go.

sc-04-lg.jpgThe Garmin GTU 10 will be available for $199.99, which includes one year of Standard Tracking. The service does not require a contract and after the first year it can be renewed at an annual rate of $49.99. The Deluxe Tracking service plan is an additional $4.99 per month.

In an earlier post I told you about another system that is specifically designed for pet tracking. The Secure-A-Pet system uses a similar device that comes attached to a dog collar. The collar is $150 and the annual service is $100.

That makes the Garmin GTU 10 more expensive on the initial investment but half the price for the service. Garmin's reputation tells me the device is likely excellent, and if you have a dog or a teenager you want to track the initial cost isn't too bad. At $199 for each unit, however, it can get pretty expensive if you need to track a couple dogs, your kids and maybe a boat.

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[Last modified: Friday, May 13, 2011 11:07am]

    

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