In your Shopping Cart, you can add a free SIM card with your tracker order, with £5 free credit! (UK only)
If you include a SIM card with your order, then we’ll pre-install it for you too. You then just need to follow the activation instructions on the card accompanying your Tracker.
The free SIMs have great rates (5p per text), no contracts, no catches, and piggyback on the O2 network. O2 generally have great coverage in the UK, but if you’re not sure, then you can check here beforehand (opens in new window). Its easy to create and log into your online account, to activate SIM, keep an eye on credit levels, and switch to a different deal if you need to. The network is run by GiffGaff – a highly reputable and popular UK network.
You don’t have to use our included SIMs. If you have a spare SIM lying around with credit, or live in an area with poor o2 coverage or outside of the UK, then it makes sense to use another SIM. The devices aren’t locked to any particular network.
Why Our GPS Trackers need SIM Cards
- They allow the GPS tracker to transmit the location to someone who requires it
- They give the GPS tracker its own unique phone number
- They allow the GPS tracker to function like a mini mobile phone, if it has a microphone and speaker
- It allows you to program and manipulate the GPS tracker easily and remotely via text messaging
Here in the UK, you can use any ordinary SIM card (not micro-SIM), from suppliers such as GiffGaff, Orange, Vodafone, Tesco Mobile, Asda Mobile, o2, etc. Choosing which SIM card company to go with will depend on how much you want to use the GPS tracker.
If you’re in America, Europe or anywhere else – then you will need to find a SIM card for your own country.
If you are going to be using the GPS Tracker internationally (i.e. you are in one country and the GPS Tracker is in another), then you will need to have “international roaming” available on your SIM.
The text and call usage costs just the same as if you were using a mobile phone. How much it costs for the usage will depend on how much you use it, and what SIM card deal you have. It needn’t cost more than £5 per month (that’s how much it costs for unlimited texts from our SIM partner), and could be much less if you don’t need to use it often (you can just use Pay As You Go – the £5 free credit with our optional free SIM will help too!) Location texts are just 5p each with Pay As You Go credit.
Each time you text the GPS tracker to request the location, it will cost you the text from your mobile, and the reply text back from the GPS tracker.
These are just normal text messages! There are no hidden premium rates involved at all! There are no hidden subscriptions or fees whatsoever.
Depending on how often you want to locate the GPS tracker, it will cost a few text messages and maybe a few minutes of phone call usage (e.g. if the SOS button is pressed, or the call functionality is used). If you are not going to be locating the GPS tracker very often, then it may be cheaper to go with a Pay As You Go option.
If you’re planning to make a lot of location requests (e.g. 10 a day), use live online tracking (which requires data use), or use a GPS tracker to regularly make phone calls – then you might be better off with an inclusive usage deal. E.g. our optional included SIM is just £5 per month for 300 texts and unlimited data. What’s more, you get a free £5 credit top-up when you activate it.
Our included GiffGaff SIMs let you switch between Pay As You Go or inclusive packages month to month – with no ongoing commitments.
The Free SIM and why its useful
You can choose to have a free SIM with your tracker order by selecting one on the payment options.
Our SIM partner GiffGaff offer Pay As You Go (via top-up credit which lasts as long as it takes to use up) or a range of inclusive “goodybags”, which last for a month. You can set your account to renew automatically, or just when you need it. They don’t tie you into a contract for 12 or 24 months like some providers do.
What’s more, the SIM cards we can include with your GPS Tracker will give you £5 free credit when activated. Activation requires a £10 top up – which can be Pay As You Go credit, or an inclusive month long package. So once activated with £10, you’ll actually have £15 – which can last for months depending on how much you’re likely to use your GPS Tracker.
Unless you think you’ll be making lots of outgoing phone calls from your GPS Tracker, we recommend using the Pay As You Go Credit option. Its then just 5p from your credit for text locations to be sent from your tracker. You can also use online tracking for just 20p per day from your credit.
If you know anyone else who might want a free SIM card with £5 credit – then please share this page. GiffGaff to GiffGaff calls are also totally free.
You can add your free SIM at the Shopping Cart stage.
Common SIM Related Questions
Yes, latitude and longitude coordinates are sent from the GPS Tracker by reply text message. You send a text to the Tracker, and it will immediately reply with its location. You can then click on the location text to be taken straight to Google Maps on your phone. Some trackers also report speed information, and the date and time of the last known location (if a GPS signal is not present).
If you have an older non-internet phone, then you can manually enter the coordinates into Google Maps on your computer to see the location.
You can also use online tracking, to see the location tracking in real time, by visiting a website. You can log in to your account (free to set up) and see the location on a live map. This requires a data enabled SIM. Our included SIMs are data enabled, and cost 5p per megabyte of data (a single megabyte lasts for days as the data packets are tiny!)
Yes yes yes! Our GPS Trackers are quad-band which means they can use all worldwide mobile phone signals. The GPS technology is also worldwide. You will just need to get a suitable SIM card for whatever country you are in.
The only limitation therefore is SIM network coverage – if you’re out in the middle of nowhere then your tracker will still get a GPS signal but it won’t have a chance of picking up a cell phone network signal – so there will be no way to text the information out. Most urban areas will be fine. The GPS trackers are unlocked, so you can use your own SIM from any network.
So yes – they work in America, Australia, Africa, France, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Brazil and everywhere else. But you will need to find a SIM card for the country that you’re using it in.
Its up to you to research the SIMs that are available in the country that you’re going to be using it in (if not UK). Make sure that its not a pure 3G SIM – the SIM cards should be 2G to work properly with the trackers, and standard size rather than nano. Your choice of SIM provider will depend on costs, associated fees, Pay as you Go vs contract deals etc.
If you’re in the UK, then you’re welcome to use the SIMs that we provide with the trackers (which use the o2 network but have really cheap Pay as you Go rates), or use your own SIM instead.
If you are going shopping for a SIM card in another country, you basically want to find the cheapest option, preferably Pay As You Go without any long contracts. The Tracker will primarily be used for receiving and sending texts – but you might also want to have call time as an option, if your Tracker has an SOS button that makes outgoing calls (or buttons that initiate outgoing calls, such as the GPS Tracker Watch).
In that scenario, you wouldn’t be able to send or receive texts from the Tracker, or allow data uploads to be sent out if using live online tracking. You won’t be able to locate the Tracker. Its necessary to make sure you do have good network coverage, and this should be checked with whatever SIM network you are planning to use. The SIMs we supply free with the Trackers are with GiffGaff who use the O2 network. They generally have excellent coverage in the UK, but may have small blindspots in certain rural areas.
If you choose to have a free SIM card included, then it certainly makes life easier. The card will come pre-installed in your device. In the box, you’ll find a card with instructions of how to activate the SIM. You will need to go to a web address mentioned on the card, create an account (remember your username and password), then activate the card with £10 of credit. This is all done via a third-party site – GiffGaff, who are a large UK network with excellent feedback, great rates, no contracts or minimum usage, and a user-friendly website. They use the O2 network, which generally has excellent coverage in the UK.
Once you have activated the card with £10 of credit (preferably Pay As You Go as at just 6p per text it will last longer that way), then two things will happen. One is that you’ll see you have an extra £5 added to your credit – so you now have £15 credit. The other is that the phone number for your SIM will show up in your account with GiffGaff. Now, you can begin sending text messages to your tracker, to locate it!
The activation process takes about 4-15 minutes, depending on how familiar you are with using websites. Its a simple process.
Please remember that the SIM network (GiffGaff, or whoever you happen to use) is a third party company completely separate from us.
If you have any specific issues about your SIM card that are related to the network (e.g. credit, payment, lost or damaged SIMs, lost account information) then you should get in touch directly with the SIM company.