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Tractive GPS Pet Tracker
- Lightweighted & waterproof, also works for kids, people, cars, suitcases, etc...
- Smallest GPS tracking device with an integrated SIM-card
- Live positioning for dogs, cats, horses and other animals
- Reliable real-time location tracking, requires T-Mobile coverage
- Monthly service fee starting at $5
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Tractive GPS Pet Tracker
The Tractive GPS tracking device for pets and other animals will always let you know where your pet is.
Check the location of your pet in a browser or using one of our free mobile apps for smartphones (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone).
The real time GPS Pet tracker is 100% waterproof, recommended for pets over 9 pounds (4.5 kg) and only weighs 35 grams.
Where Does Tractive GPS Work?
The Tractive GPS device leverages the cell phone infrastructure to commuincate with the Tractive apps. In order for this to work, Tractive has agreements with many cell phone operators and carriers all over the world. In the US, Tractive uses - amongst others - the T-Mobile network. As long as one of the networks is available, the Tractive GPS Tracker will work.
Depending on the cell coverage (2G and 2.5G) of the different carriers, you might not have signal everywhere. Typically Tractive should work wherever your cell phone works, but 100% coverage can not be guaranteed.
Do you want to get an alert if your horse leaves the paddock? If your dog plays in your neighbor's backyard? If your cat has run out of the village? Then Tractive Safe Zone is a fantastic feature you don't want to miss. Tractive enables you to set a Safe Zone for your pet. As soon as your pet leaves the Safe Zone, you get an alert directly on your smartphone. No SMS costs, no hidden fees.
Tractive not only shows you where your pet was a few minutes ago, but also enables you to track your pet live over the internet or the Tractive Apps. Start the Live-Tracking Mode and you will see the trace where your pet was and where it is headed right now.
Tractive uses GPS and communicates through cell phone towers, which enable you to track your pet 24/7. Since using the cell phone towers and infrastructure has costs associated with it, a small monthly or annual fee has to be charged by Tractive. As we are confident you will love Tractive, you don't need a service commitment, can stop and restart the service anytime, and of course we don't charge any activation or other hidden fees.
The service fee is a flat fee. Tractive offers different service option. More information at the website of Tractive.
iPhone and iPad
iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7; iPad2 or newer (iOS8).
Smartphones using Android Version 4.1 or newer.
You can use the Tractive GPS device without a smartphone through a web browser.
- Weight: 35g (1.2oz).
- Size: 51mm x 41mm x 15mm (2.0in x 1.6in x 0.6in).
- Recommended for pets above 4.5 kg (9 pounds).
- Battery Lifetime: 2-5 days, depending on network coverage and usage.
- Battery fully recharges in 2 hours.
- GPS Pet Tracker.
- 2x Collar Clips.
- USB cable with charging clamp.
- User Manual.
- Power Adapter.
The integrated light not only helps to find missing pets in the dark, but also increases the visibility of your pet when going for a walk close to roads.
- Lightweighted and waterproof.
- Smallest GPS tracking device.
- Virtual Fence.
- Reliable real-time location tracking.
The Tractive Realtime GPS tracker device for pets and other animals will always let you know where your pet is. Check the location of your pet in a browser or using one of our free mobile apps for smartphones (iPhone, Android).
The Tractive Safe Zone is a fantastic feature you don't want to miss. Tractive enables you to set a Safe Zone for your pet. As soon as your pet leaves the Safe Zone, you get an alert directly on your smartphone. No SMS costs, no hidden fees. MONTHLY SERVICE STARTING AT $ 6.99 Tractive uses GPS and communicates through cell phone towers, which enable you to track your pet 24/7. Since using the cell phone towers and infrastructure has costs associated with it, we have to charge a low monthly service fee for Tractive. Tractive works with an integrated SIM chip, so you do NOT need a sim card or contract with a carrier! As we are confident you will love Tractive, you don't need a service commitment, can stop and restart the service anytime and of course we don't charge any activation or other hidden fees. We offer two service options. The device will be activated after you receive it at www.tractive.com/activate.
Tractive not only shows you where your pet was a few minutes ago, but also enables you to track your pet LIVE over the internet or the Tractive Apps. Start the Live-Tracking Mode and you will see the trace where your pet was and where it is headed right now.
The free Tractive apps for iPhone and Android allow you to see the location of your pet on an interactive map. With Tractive apps, you can also manage important pet information such as allergies, vet appointments and vaccination appointments.
WHERE DOES TRACTIVE WORK?
Tractive works in more than 80 countries.
• iPhone: iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, iPhone 6S
• Android: Smartphones using Android Version 2.3 or newer
• You can use the Tractive GPS device without a smartphone through a web browser
• Tractive GPS Pet Tracking Device
• 2 Collar Clips (1x Size A, 1x Size B)
• Tractive A/C adapter • USB cable with charging clamp • Manual
• Weight: 35g (1.2oz)
• Size: 51mm x 41mm x 15mm (2.0in x 1.6in x 0.6in)
• Recommended for pets above 4.5 kg (9 pounds)
• Battery Lifetime: 2-5 days, depending on network coverage and usage
• Battery fully recharges in 2 hours
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DirectionsThe Tractive® GPS Pet Tracking device helps you locate your dog, your cat or any other pet - anytime, anywhere. With the free Tractive® GPS app for smartphones you can see your pets current location - in real time. Light & small: The Tractive® GPS Pet Tracking device has dimensions of exactly 41 mm x 51 mm x 15 mm and is only 35g light. (Recommended for pets over 4.5 kg) Wireless sync: The Tractive® GPS Pet Tracking device communicates with the Tractive® GPS app using cellular networks. Therefore, the position of your pet can be seen from any mobile device or web app. Integrated light: The integrated light source also helps you to find your pet in the dark. 100 % waterproof: Your pet loves to swim? No problem - the Tractive® GPS device is 100 % waterproof. LIVE Tracking You want to know where your pet currently is and want to track your dog or cat in real-time? Using the Tractive® LIVE Tracking feature, you can follow every step of your beloved pet in real-time and see the current position of your pet on a map. Safe Zone You can also define a Safe Zone - a virtual fence. If your pet leaves this zone, you will be informed immediately on your smartphone. 24-hour history With the Tractive® GPS app you can follow the path of the last 24 hours. Do you want to know where your pet is all the time? Then this is the perfect feature for you! Battery indicator The Tractive® GPS app indicates the current battery status of your Tractive® GPS device. If it's time to charge battery again, the Tractive® GPS app reminds you in time.
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From my research, Tractive and Gibi rely on AT&T. Tagg relies on Verizon. Beyond that issue, I think anyone looking at buying one of these devices should think about what their needs are and what functions are most important. The first question is where does your pet spend most of its time? The second question is whether you are relying on this for routine tracking or for emergencies - -your pet is out of its safe space and you need to find it. Being inside or outside is important for the GPS feature which needs, at some point, access to the sky. (Or the cellular connect that can get you close but not as precise as the GPS). If you are relying on it in an emergency you need to think about how user friendly it is when you are panicked that you can’t find your pet.
For me, my dog lives inside and only goes outside with me or the dog walker. With me, he does some off-leash walking. Also, I have an unfenced yard (can’t have a fence) and my dog gets supervised off-leash access. But, we have wildlife (deer and fox) that occasionally appear and my dog gives chase. So for me, the feature of getting notifications when my dog leaves the home zone (geo-fence, safe zone) isn’t that important as I will generally see him take off. But, if your pet spends its days outside, then you should focus on this. I think the Tagg and Tractive features are similar here – my experience is that Tractive worked better but that could be because of the Verizon issue. (Several times with the dog walker Tagg said my dog was out of the home zone for hours and could not locate him. I was pretty sure he was home safe and sound but the Tagg couldn't tell me this. And, Tagg said a cell phone booster would not work with their device)
I have found the Tractive has a much faster response when I want to know where my dog is. For the Tagg, it could not locate my dog inside. That was probably due to the poor Verizon coverage. But even on our walks, there were several times it could not locate my dog when I could see him! Tractive has been speedy and locates very quickly. I find Tractive’s tracking function much better that Tagg – again quick and real time.
I also like the Tractive app better than the Tagg app. It seems the notification function is more straight-forward and I didn’t need all the bells and whistle of Tagg. But, again, I wasn’t relying on the leaving the home zone function. But I also found that the Tractive app gives me information faster and in a cleaner format. Again, I want to be able to use the functions when I am panicked because my dog isn’t where he should be. I want to be able to cleanly get the information. It is one of the reasons I did not go with Gibi as they rely on a website and don’t have an app. To have my cell phone looking for a website and updating that website would add one more stress in an already stressful situation of looking for my dog.
I have not found the battery life to be a problem. So Tractive gets five stars after several days of use. I will update this review if my views change.
The GPS isn't as precise as what you see on other devices, like your cell phone, but it will get you close enough to call them or probably see them in an open area. The feature to turn on a light or an audible beep on the collar is smart and also makes pinpoint precision on the GPS unnecessary.
While not a must have feature, I have to say it was fun to be able to track her movement history and see where she was going when she was out and about. She made it a lot further than I would have guessed.
I found the Safe Zone feature to not be terribly useful. This is where the imprecise GPS was a problem. Too many false alerts. The only way I was able to eliminate them was to set the safe zone to be larger than I actually wanted. But a safe zone that is too large is still better than no zone at all.
The ability to do a monthly subscription is good as well. I don't need this product at home. Only when we take the dogs on a trip. I activate the subscription when I need it and turn it off the rest of the time.
While there are cheaper products out there, I'm glad I bought this one. I would buy it again.