It looks like T-Mobile USA is ready to roll with a tracking device that will do battle with Apple’s AirTag and Tile. T-Mobile this week unveiled the SyncUP TRACKER with connectivity to the T-Mobile LTE network. The device is tracked with an app on Android and iOS devices, and does not need to be within a specific range of a smartphone to work.
The SyncUP TRACKER works with a combination of GPS and cellular (LTE) data for location tracking. So you will need to be in an area (probably the United States) for tracking with GPS to work. SyncUP TRACKER does not work with Bluetooth.
There is a rechargeable battery inside the SyncUP TRACKER, which is both good and bad news. This is good news because you don’t need to replace the battery, you will only have to recharge it once it runs out. The bad news is that “battery life will vary depending on how the product is used” and a single charge will last “up to 7 days”.
The device itself (hardware) will cost you around $60 in total. You’ll also have to pay for data with the device, with a starting price of around $5 per month. T-Mobile will let you spread your payment over 24 months for the device, so you’ll pay $2.50 per month for each device, plus at least $5 per month per device for data.
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