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Can tracphones/gophone be traced?

 
Mr Hupt
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12/20/2008 05:56 PM
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Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
I know the police and trace a regular cell phone to someone. but if someone uses a old tracphone or old gophone or something, can it still be traced since it has no one on the account? it is all prepaid with cash
Anonymous Coward
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12/20/2008 06:00 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
yes, in fact the "disposable" phones are watched more closely by the police because of their high usage among drug dealers
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12/20/2008 06:06 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
No they can not be traced and they are more difficult to tap into.

My ex husband is a district attorney

I only will use prepay phones
Mr Hupt (OP)
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12/20/2008 06:08 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
i realize if i called 911 from my phone they will know who i am due to the account name, and maybe where i am due to the gps or whatever in the phone.

from a tracphone... they wont know a thing right?
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12/20/2008 06:10 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
i realize if i called 911 from my phone they will know who i am due to the account name, and maybe where i am due to the gps or whatever in the phone.

from a tracphone... they wont know a thing right?
 Quoting: Mr Hupt 529821



Not 100% on this but I think no.
Buy one and find out.
Call 911 scream.
Lay the phone down
Walk away
Watch from a safe distance.

Now the real question is why do you need to not be traced??
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12/20/2008 06:10 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
Some have a GPS system in them. You'll see a tiny sircle with cross-hairs drawn through the circle, if the GPS is on. The only options you get is to select "GPS for everyone" or "GPS only for 911".
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12/20/2008 06:11 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
What are you up to, OP?
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12/20/2008 06:15 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
i realize if i called 911 from my phone they will know who i am due to the account name, and maybe where i am due to the gps or whatever in the phone.

from a tracphone... they wont know a thing right?
 Quoting: Mr Hupt 529821

cheap trac phones do not have good quality tracking abilities if any at all.they are just cheap junk phones for temperry use..they break often ..that is why people hate em.and do not want them..expensive too..not reliable in emergency .
Anonymous Coward
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12/20/2008 06:15 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
I bought a Tracphone in my own name, should have thought it through first and used a fictitous name.

Anyway, I assume it can be tracked so what I plan to do if the heat comes down is to give the phone to a homeless guy and buy him a ticket on a Greyhound bus... hiding
Mr Hupt (OP)
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12/20/2008 06:19 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
what about a very old nokia cell? they have jack for gps


i don't know what im up too... im just actually curious.

i've heard about people calling 911 pranking them using those phones and never been caught. i was just wondering if its true
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12/20/2008 06:19 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
I bought a Tracphone in my own name, should have thought it through first and used a fictitous name.

Anyway, I assume it can be tracked so what I plan to do if the heat comes down is to give the phone to a homeless guy and buy him a ticket on a Greyhound bus... hiding
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 576552


Darn ! You're a devious one ! ; )
Douggie

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12/20/2008 06:24 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
From my understanding. no they cant. At no point whatsoever, are you required to give your personal information.
GPS is a little different.
They have the power to create reality

I could explain it better but I would need charts, graphs and an easel.

By the way....which ones pink?
Mr Hupt (OP)
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12/20/2008 06:29 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
i know they can track the towers the phone uses...but tracing the phone down to a small area would be difficult i would think
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12/20/2008 06:32 PM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
they can locate any phone in the world, but they might not know it's you who has the phone.
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01/02/2010 05:20 AM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
I prank called a lady from my virgin mobile phone and she got really pissed, i dont kno her at all and it was just a random number.

Can she find out who I am somehow?
tkwasny

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01/02/2010 06:42 AM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
i know they can track the towers the phone uses...but tracing the phone down to a small area would be difficult i would think
 Quoting: Mr Hupt 529821

Triangulation amongst three or more towers is remarkably accurate. If signal delay timing is also measured, which is the principle behind LORAN, locating can be within a hundred yards or less.

Whether the tower feeds have the technology hooked in to do this I have no info. I don't think it would be very expensive to construct.

Been a LORAN and RADAR technical engineer with FCC license since 1971.
New Hope

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01/02/2010 06:57 AM

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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
Yes they can, BUT, it is much harder to do. Instead of tracing the phone directly, they would have to trace the signal to a tower in the area. From there, they can get a rough estimate of your location. If you make another call from another location, they trace that tower and so forth until they've narrowed it down to you.
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01/02/2010 07:47 AM
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Re: Can tracphones/gophone be traced?
If it has a signal, it can be traced.

It's just the level of difficulty to trace it that is up for questions.

And if someone decides to trace your calls, and has the ability to do so (the law, hackers), it will happen.

Nothing is 100% secure, there is always a ratio of risk.

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