Let's Talk Locators!

Why do some trackers have monthly fees?

Joshua Lippiner @ 2019-01-07 15:58:10 -0500

Cell companies, like AT&T and Verizon, charge tracking companies, like Ping, to use their cell towers to send location information to the customer, so the tracking companies need to charge their customers (i.e. you) to cover this cost.

Tracking/locating devices need a way to communicate their location back to your phone.  The three main ways this location information is transmitted are Bluetooth, WiFi and cellular.

So, put simply:

Bluetooth and WiFi are free but have limited range of no more than a couple hundred feet.  Cellular can be used anywhere a cell tower is reachable but tracking / locating companies get charged to use these towers and thus need to charge their customers to cover the costs.