One of the most effective ways to catch a cheating spouse, or to monitor your children’s activities when they are away from home, is a cellphone tracker. In this article we will discuss the different types of cellphone monitoring devices, and which type would best fulfill your needs. This is a generic guide that should help you decide what type of cell phone tracker to get while you are researching, there is no direct product being talked about. Direct product recommendations will be in the following articles.
Before continuing on with the article, please be advised that the laws on monitoring an individual’s cell phone differs from state to state. Please do your own research, I won’t give you legal advice or list down every single law for every state here. If you are caught spying on your cheating spouse, they CAN sue you depending on where you live. As far as installing monitoring devices on YOUR OWN PROPERTY, that is not illegal at all. Most companies do this with their company cars and cellphones to protect them from theft.
Types of Cell Phone Trackers
Moving on, there are two types of cell phone spies, the older hardware based devices, and the newer software based cell phone trackers, the difference between the two are colossal. If you have little cash to spare, I would recommend the hardware based cell trackers. You will need complete physical access to the phone you want to monitor though, before you get to spy on it. But before you do, don’t forget to try out one of the software based DEMOs. Software in my opinion is superior in every single way.
Hardware Based Cellphone Trackers
The older cellphone spies are basically just simcard readers. Simcard readers, as the name implies, read simcards for data that will be transferred into your PC/laptop via USB. The data will depend on the type of simcard reader, and age of phone, but most likely you will be able to view text messages from the simcard, and read phonebook details, without knowing the actual password of the simcard. Some cardreaders may even allow you to read deleted text messages. These hardware based cell phone trackers will not go above $50, the requirements for these to work on your phone is that you have to have a simcard based phone, and you need physical access to the simcard. If you can’t physically take a part the phone and insert the simcard into the simcard reader, you won’t be able to access the data.
Software Based Cellphone Trackers
Now for the software based cellphone spies, there is almost unlimited potential to what they can do. I’ll label the most common types you can buy as cellphone tracker 1,2, and 3 for simplicity’s sake (there are different brands, but most follow these templates). A general trait software based cellphone trackers have in common is they are usually subscription based, and you only need to install your cellphone trackers once and you can monitor the device remotely through the internet. Also another common requirement is that the mobile phone you are monitoring should have internet access available or it won’t get to transfer the gathered phone data.
Another feature that should make you want to use software over hardware is that they usually offer a FREE cell phone tracker demo, or offer the actual software without limitations for 30-60 days with a money back seal.
Cellphone tracker 1
This is typically used for monitoring sms messages, exclusively. Text trackers (for software based mobile phone spies only) will allow you to monitor messages that are sent and received, whether or not they are still currently in the phone or have been deleted. Cost of this type of tracker is no more than $5 per month. Well worth the subscription fee if your spouse or children text a lot. I would save up more cash and go for the next type, because this lacks the GPS tracker that we want to monitor our cellphone’s location.
Cellphone tracker 2
This is a step up because it adds image and video tracking to its list of features. The added storage bumps this subscription up to $10-15 per month. This type of tracker will usually come with GPS tracking as well as the basic SMS trackers (like cell phone tracker 1). This is the cellphone tracker I recommend and use on my kids phones. Too bad I never knew they existed when I was having infidelity problems. (the internet was still a baby back then). Image and video tracking is simply the ability to download images and video sent or received on the phone you installed the tracker on. The reason why we should use this instead of tracker 1 or 3 is because it combines sms tracking, with GPS tracking, without all the non-sense tracker 3 has (also the cost difference is huge). So if you want to track a cellphone location, just log in to your software’s website and check on the exact location of your cellphone via google maps. The software should
Cellphone tracker 3
This is just plain 007 spy stuff. This is something I will never recommend because it costs $50-100+ PER month. The features are overkill and should not be used if your only goal is only to catch your spouse cheating, or monitor your children’s cellphone activities. The typical features of these cell phone surveillance monsters are everything tracker 1 and 2 can do, plus “silent calling”, and “threeway call spying”. “Silent calling” is just what it sounds like, calling a cell phone without making the phone ring or display that a call is in progress. It basically makes your spouse’s cellphone act like a microphone, similar to what the FBI did with a criminal investigation case against the mafia. “Three way call spying” is when you know your spouse is using the cellphone, and call it with another phone so you can listen in on their conversation. Some even go as far as faking the phone’s “off” status, meaning your phone won’t be truly turned off until you remove the battery.
All of those features are overkill, and trust me there’s tons more like those, such as forced picture taking to make a spy camera out of your cell phone. The only thing we will ever need is tracking a cellphone’s location via GPS, and monitoring their texting and internet activities. We want to know they are cheating by gathering incontrovertible evidence(via GPS location data and SMS messages), not create a full feature film documentary about the affair. Everything you will ever need is a cell phone tracker like type 2. If you can’t afford the type 2 tracker with image and video, try and find a type 1 tracker with a gps tracker function. The video and image tracking of type 2 isn’t a necessity, it’s just an extra bonus since most of the cell phone spies like type 2 already have it. But if you can find a type 1 with GPS location, you’re set and that’s all you will ever need.
Why Is A Cell Phone Tracker The Best Way To Catch A Cheating Spouse?
Out of all the methods and gadgets listed on the “How To Catch A Cheating Spouse” page, this is the one I recommend the most and here are a few reasons why :
It’s extremely cheap for the value it brings
If you think about it, the alternatives do not match up. Keyloggers? All you will be able to do is monitor ONE computer with a hardware based keylogger, and several computers or laptops with a software based keylogger. With a cell phone tracker you can not only track the text messages they are sending and receiving, you will also be able to see their/the cellphones exact location via google maps, IN REAL TIME (meaning the location is updated every 5-60 minutes, not days). Depending on what spyware for cellphones you choose, you may also monitor the pictures and videos that are accessible on your target’s phone. The only advantage the keylogger has is it is cheaper, and does not require a subscription. In the product recommendations article I’ll make in the future, I’ll show you what type of tracker I use that is a one time payment, cellphone spy software like I described above (type 2). Cell phone tracker vs Private Eye, of course the private eye will be a one stop full solution, they’re professionals! But considering the price, it’s thousands of dollars vs less than a hundred dollars a year. If you have the cash to burn, private investigators are great, but if you don’t, nothing beats a cellphone spy.
Cellphone trackers with GPS function gets us incontrovertible evidence
Another important aspect of using a mobile phone tracker is there is no lying your way out of the GPS tracker data. When selecting your cell spy, make sure it’s Google friendly. “Google cell phone tracker” does not mean it’s a tracker created by Google (Google doesn’t make cell phone trackers fyi), it just means that their GPS tracking feature is powered by Google. You’ll know if it’s powered by Google by checking the features of your selected phone spy and looking at the screen shots of their GPS features, or logging into a demo account. Why Google Maps? Because Google Maps is so powerful it will actually let you do a number of things with the data given, such as give you exact directions to get to that location from your location, view that location’s images (stored in Google), and view nearby webcams if there are any available. You will also be able to download the data given to you by your chosen cell spy company into CSV format and keep them locally on your computer. In the main catch a cheating spouse article I talk about saving all your data online by using a free blogger.com blog that is set to private for added security. Can’t let the cheater know you are on to them or they will clean up their act and hide their tracks better.
Remotely Check Your Target Cellphone
A huge advantage over keyloggers, hardware based simcard readers, and hidden cameras. Once you’ve installed your phone tracker you never have to touch the target phone ever again to monitor the device. The simple picture above shows you what the process is like once installed. The target mobile phone sends the data to the webserver, then the webserver is accessible from any computer or laptop you own that has an internet connection. That is why software based cellphone spies have subscription fees, you are basically renting the server space from the companies that provide the service. The advantage of remotely checking your mobile phone is enough reason to pay for the subscription fee, because remotely does not just mean you can check on it if your spouse is at the neighbor’s house or at work, remotely means you can check on your spouse’s mobile phone ANYWHERE in the world as long as it has access to an internet connection. Without an internet connection, don’t even buy a cell spy, the software won’t be able to feed the webserver the data it’s gathered on your target’s phone.
GPS car trackers are limited, Cellphone trackers with GPS features are not
When using a GPS car tracker (these are usually subscription based as well, but a whole lot cheaper), you are limited to knowing only where your car or vehicle is, with a cellphone tracker with the built in GPS tracking feature, you will be able to track your spouse’s location no matter where they are as long as they have their mobile phone with them. Another thing that makes the cellphone alternative more flexible is you can use an old (or cheap) cellphone that no one is using, or you got for a bargain, and turn it into just a GPS device that you can attach to cars or luggage.
You will know if your spouse is “sexting”
Cheaters often wonder “is sexting cheating?”, obviously the answer would be yes. Anytime you are sexually intimate with another person, you are cheating on your partner. A cellphone spy will give you that undeniable data that you will be able to use when confronting your cheating spouse. It may be in the form of plain SMS text messages, or your spouse may be sending adult sexting videos, a “cellphone tracker 2” will be able to serve you both these types of data. If your spouse somehow manages to lie their way out of image or video evidence of their sexting affairs, they should receive an award and be offered a job as a spy. There’s no way anyone can lie their way out of image and video evidence, that is irrefutable.
Internet activities are logged
If your spouse uses the mobile phone over the pc or laptop for browsing the internet, you will have no other choice in monitoring their internet activities other than a cellphone tracker 2 type software. You’ll see sites they visit, and even emails sent from mobile phones. The image and video transfers that occur (from the internet, to target cellphone) will also work here, not just for sms messages.
“Setting Traps” article works perfectly with cellphone spies
In the “setting traps” article we talk about all the common traps you can set to detect cheating signs. These traps work even better with cellphone trackers with gps support. You could tell your spouse that you have no way back home from your parent’s house, and will come back home next week or whatever. Give them a lot of free time, and then ask them daily whether or not they left the house, and if they did, where did they go. With the GPS function, you will be able to track exactly where they were, and what time they were there. Most quality products have an archive page that lists the location at set intervals (every 30-60 minutes). You can also remotely check up on who they text and who they call.
Use the unknown numbers you’ve found and run a reverse phone lookup
Even the cheapest cell phone trackers have the feature that lets you view all numbers on the target phone. Lookup any numbers you aren’t familiar with, you can try googling them first before doing a reverse phone lookup. Cellphone tracker 2 type software should let you view call details and duration, as long as text message details. Use the phone numbers they call/text the most often either google them, or run a reverse phone lookup.