Best Buy to sell GPS child-tracking device

Best Buy is about to release a GPS child-tracking device via its in-house Insignia brand.

The NaviGadget blog discovered the Insignia Little Buddy product page on BestBuy.com. The product goes on sale today and costs $100, according to the page. It doesn’t say whether there is an additional fee for web services related to the product.

“Keep tabs on your child at all times with this small but sophisticated device that combines GPS and cellular technology to provide you with real-time location updates. The small and lightweight Little Buddy transmitter fits easily into a backpack, lunchbox or other receptacle, making it easy for your child to carry so you can check his or her location at any time using a smartphone or computer.”

Parents will be able to program the devices to send a text message if it leaves a designated area, such as a school.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Joe Mach on 10/27/2009 - 09:26 pm.

    Yes, with the number of children that go missing each year, every parent should use a personal GPS tracking device, but you dont have to be a parent to need or benefit from owning one of these devices. Motorcycles, skis, musical instruments, laptop computers, purses & luggage, even the family dog: EVERYBODY has SOMETHING they want to protect!!!

    When considering the purchase of a tracking device, do your homework because not all GPS systems are alike. Aside from features such as Geofencing, speed-alerts and so on, the one thing you really need to look into is the COST. Most GPS devices I’ve looked into have HIDDEN costs such as monthly/annual renewal fees or charge you per track ontop of the purchase price. When I called Best-Buy to get more info on the “Little Buddy” they couldn’t even tell what the OTHER costs of thier system were.

    I ended up buying a system called “The GPS Guadian” at http://www.thegpsguardian.com . Not only did I get the device for FREE by purchasing 3 years of service up front, but I got the 4th and 5th year of service for FREE as well.

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