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    track cell phones?

    Anyone have any idea how cell phones can be tracked? I know it is possible as E911, US Marshalls and others can do it. I am a bounty hunter and private investigator and would really like to be able to do this.

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    Bounty hunters are evil. Show up at my door and meet
    my 12 gauge point blank. BTW, I'm tracking your cell
    phone and know your movements 24/7.
    I came in to the world with nothing. I still have most of it.

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    I would guess most of the time they're less evil than the people they're hunting. However I believe tracking cell phones would be illegal for a civilian to do, so we would not be able to help you with this

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    Um its simple. Triangulation. Cell towers can tell the company how far away the cell is by its signal strength, but not what direction. Then if there are 3 or more towers in the area they can triangulate the persons exact location.

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    I am a bounty hunter and private investigator and would really like to be able to do this.

    Their are a few articles other places on the net.



    Cell towers can tell the company how far away the cell is by its signal strength, but not what direction. Then if there are 3 or more towers in the area they can triangulate the persons exact location.
    When you make a call it goes to the nearest cell phone tower. Each cell phone tower has it's own unique number. From this, they know they only get within a so many mile radius(area) but not your exact physical location.

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    Triangulation
    someone went to high school; cell phones don't use three towers at once

    Acepi > if you are serious about cell phone tracking here's a few topics you should study:
    multilateration through GSM localization (I went to college),
    cell sites,
    base stations,
    portable cell sites (in industry these are called COWs "Cell On Whells"),
    standard cellular frequencies,
    et al

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    Get yourself a friend whom works for one of the telco company's, they have access to cell phone tracking with a few clicks of there mouse and keyboard.

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    Thanks

    To all who answered, thank you. As for illegal, so far as I know it is not illegal to do, they just won't put the software out for sale. To rcgreen, we are not evil by birth it comes from the company we keep.

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    http://www.travelbygps.com/articles/tracking.php

    LOL. Maybe it's not yet commonplace, but the technology
    is in the phones. It just needs to be activated.
    I came in to the world with nothing. I still have most of it.

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    I think that we need a new forum for "CSI/NCIS Mythology"

    If your cellphone has GPS and it is switched on, you can be located. If not then you can't.

    Otherwise you can only trace as far as the receive/transmit station and narrow that down by looking at other locations in the vicinity. That will give you an area, given that the phone will lock on to the closest.

    Triangulation is feasible. For that you need two scanners to lock on to the same phone at the same time. This is WWII technology


    As for illegal, so far as I know it is not illegal to do, they just won't put the software out for sale
    I wonder why not?.........................................

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