Setting up GPRS for Online GPS Tracking

Setting up GPRS for Online GPS Tracking

gps mobile trackerThis is not as complicated as it looks! You do not need to use GPRS unless you want to – you can continue to locate your Mobile Phone GPS Tracker via the simple text functions. However, the live online tracking of GPRS is very useful for those who want it. “Packets” of information are uploaded from your GPS Tracker to the internet – this then allows you to see, in real time, the location of the Tracker on a website. GPRS stands for “general packet radio service”.

To enable live online GPRS tracking, the SIM card in the GPS Tracker must have a “data plan” – which then allows connection to the internet. Data plans can vary greatly in cost. GiffGaff supply an unlimited data plan, with unlimited text and 250 minute call allowance for just £10pm without contract (great value – and you can get an extra £5 via our partnership link). If you are using GiffGaff Pay As You Go option, then data is just 20p per day of use (which works out as £6pm).

Step 1: Set up your Webpage for GPRS Tracking (GPSTrace website)
Step 2: Set up your SIM for GPS Tracking (APN)
Step 3: Set up Your GPS Tracker for GPS Tracking

Step 1: Set up your Webpage for GPRS Tracking

Visit GPS Trace (clicking opens in a new tab, so you can refer to this screen as well).

Select “Registration” from the top right corner – click on the actual word, and not the arrow.

Fill in your details to register for free. Don’t worry – it’s safe! Make sure you don’t forget your login details.

Then log in from the main screen again with your chosen username and password (this time you do click on the arrow).

On your page, click on the big “activate” button.

Enter the details of your tracker:

Name – something to let you identify the tracker

Device type – select “Easyroad Technology GT98” from the dropdown menu

Unique ID – this is the 15 digit IMEI number found in the texts you receive from your tracker, and also on the box

Phone Number – of the SIM card inside the tracker, in international format (+44)

Device Access Password – 0000

Then click OK.

You will now see a foreign map – this is because we need to set the Tracker Watch to be able to upload its data to the right server. Once you have set up the tracker for GPRS in Steps 2 and 3 below, you will see your tracker appear on the map, and can track it in real time.

Step 2: Set up your SIM for GPS Tracking

You need to text the following to your gps tracker, depending on your mobile SIM provider. This sets up the correct APN (access point name) to allow your SIM to connect to the internet:

Vodafone Contract #802#internet#web#web#0000##
Vodafone PAYG
Orange #802#orangeinternet###0000##
O2 Contract
Three #802#3internet###0000##
Tesco Mobile
Virgin Mobile
BT Mobile
ASDA Mobile

Step 3: Set up Your GPS Tracker for GPS Tracking

Having set up the APN correctly, this last section now allows you to program your GPS tracker to send the location information to your GPSTrace webpage. When the site receives your data, it will automatically match it to your webpage because of the IMEI and SIM number information you entered when activating your unit in step 1.


Finally, you need to activate the GPRS tracking whenever you need it:

Enable GPRS uploads on the GPS Tracker

This function now tells the GPS Watch to start uploading the packets of information to the server, via the information that we have just set.


In this example, 180 means that it will take a data point every 180 seconds. The number 1 means it will upload the packet with every data point. These numbers are variable.

Miscellaneous GPRS Functions

    #901## Retrieve the tracker parameters
    #902## Retrieve the GPRS parameters
    #903## Restart
    #904## GPRS connection command
    #905## GPRS disconnection command