Whistle GO & GO Explore - the Ultimate Health + Location Tracker for Pets
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- New Whistle models available: Whistle go explore and Whistle go
- Nationwide location tracking: pinpoint your pet’s location with this top-rated SMART GPS activity tracker for your pet anywhere AT&T 3g cellular service is available.
- Proactive alerts: get text, app or email notifications when your pet leaves home.
- Get health insights: monitor your pet’s daily activities and know how your pet measures up for their age, weight and breed.
- Long battery life: lasts up to 7 days! Battery life may vary depending on your pet’s activity, Wi-Fi signal strength and pet’s time spent out of Wi-Fi.
- Durable & waterproof: Built to survive every swim with your pet! Waterproof for up to 3 feet for 30 minutes. Recommended for pets 8 lbs. + and attaches to any collar or harness up to 1'' Wide. Note: the notches on the top and Bottom of the back of the device are part of manufacturing process.
- Subscription & Wi-Fi required: affordable monthly or annual plans cover connection to AT&T nationwide network to track & monitor your pet. No new phone contract required. Wi-fi is also required during the Whistle setup.
- Age Range Description: All Life Stages
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Whistle 3 is a top-rated GPS location and activity tracker for your pet. The Whistle device attaches to your pet’s collar and, through an app, makes it easy to track your pet’s location, distance traveled, activity, rest, and much more. Powered by At&T & Google maps, Whistle gives you reliable and accurate nationwide tracking right from your phone.1 Snap Collar Attachment.
Color: Grey | Style: Whistle 3
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Once you received your Whistle 3, you will follow the instructions to setup in our free Whistle app. The app will walk the user through setting up the device as well as selecting a subscription plan. Once device has been activated in the app, you will attach Whistle 3 to the pet's collar and can begin tracking from your smartphone.
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Initially the Whistle worked fine, but the battery life seemed to be quite shorter than what they claim.We were only getting about 2 days between charges which was annoying (the 1 week is really only if our dog is at home on wifi). Location accuracy was just OK, if our home wifi went down we’d get an alert that the dog got out, so I’m assuming it just uses a wifi connection to see if the dog is really inside.
I saw a month or so ago on instagram a new smart collar called Fi and decided to check it out. After doing a bit of research about how they are the first LTE collar where all the rest are apparently only 3g, I decided to give it a try to test their claims of 3 month battery life.
Compared to the whistle, the Fi collar is slightly wider but much lower profile (it's a collar and a tracker in one, where the whistle you put on your own collar with a rubber band). Overall I prefer the shape of the Fi collar, it looks more designed and modern and less bulky. The Fi also has a light that you can turn on at night. I usually turn it on when we go to the dog park because it looks really cool and everyone asks about it haha.
Fi seems much smarter on escape detection, I had my wife take the collar with her to the grocery store to see if it detected an escape, but it properly marked the dog right away as with my wife on a walk! I could also see their actual path, which I could not with the Whistle. Our whistle would usually alert 5 minutes or so after the dog left the house which was less helpful and give us a new location every 3 minutes or so.
We’ve also seen pretty impressive battery life with Fi, we’ve only had it for about a month but the battery is still at 65% from the original charge, so I think we’ll hit 3 months battery which is crazy.
What caused us to give up the whistle for the Fi collar was when we went to Europe for vacation over Christmas our whistle died after 3 days and we couldn’t keep an eye on things at the boarding facility. We feel much safer leaving him home during our next trip this summer and a little less guilty.
The Fi collar is a bit more expensive but I used a coupon on their website and it dropped to basically be the same. For us, the battery life and more accurate escape detection were more than worth the price difference.
A lot of thought went into designing this product. First, there's the physical unit that is small (approximately 1.6"x1.3"x .6") and weighs less than an ounce. It attaches easily and securely to collars up to 1" wide. It uses GPS to determine location when your dog, cat or T-Rex is away from "home" and then sends the location to your smart phone via 3G cellular service (no SIM card purchase required). GPS and 3G is important. There are a lot of pet trackers that use Bluetooth, which has a very limited range (100 feet max), or if they use GPS, connect to the cellular network via 2G, which unlike 3G, doesn't have complete US coverage. On several occasions, I've tested Whistle’s location accuracy and in general it's within about 10 to 15 feet. The app shows a shaded circle around the pet’s estimated location that gives a sense of the accuracy of the estimate. Whistle requires that you have Wi-Fi at home or where you want to designate a “safe place,” of which you can have several. When your pet is within the range of designated Wi-Fi locations, Whistle switches from GPS to Wi-Fi to save power and battery time. And then when your pet goes (escapes) outside of Wi-Fi range, it automatically switches back to GPS. If your pet stays in home Wi-Fi range, you can assume about 5 or 6 days on a battery charge, but if continuously outside of its home Wi-Fi range assume 1 or 2 days on a charge. I try to keep my battery well charged just in case my escape-artist husky decides to go in an adventure. I don’t want it to run down while I’m in hot pursuit. Oh, and for those with hunting dogs, or other water loving creatures, the unit is waterproof.
All too often the electronics of gadgets like Whistle are designed by brilliant engineers, but the apps that drive them appear to have been developed by crazed aliens from planet Blx!#}. Not so with Whistle. The app is really quite good. Setting it up takes about 10 minutes and is pretty easy. While at home or other designated Wi-Fi location, the app’s screen shows your pet within a shaded circle indicating the approximate range of the Wi-Fi router. You can set up the app to send you an alert, test or email when your pet goes in or out of Wi-Fi range. If you open the app while your pet is beyond Wi-Fi range, the screen will show your pet’s most recent location on a map, satellite or terrain view. You can also look at the track of any trips he or she has taken during the latest 24 hours. Location in tracking mode updates about every minute. In addition to showing your pet’s location in either Location or Tracking mode, your location (cell phone location) is also shown on the screen, giving you an idea of how far away your pet is, and what direction to go to find him/her. There is also an Activity mode to give you a sense of how many minutes of exercise your pet is getting each day. Finally, the app shows you the percentage of battery charge remaining and sends an alert if the battery charge is low. If the unit is on the charger, the app will also send an alert when it’s fully charged.
Though I haven’t had a reason to call Whistle’s customer support, I did email them with a question that wasn’t answered in their website’s FAQ’s and received a very understandable response within a few hours and an offer to take care of the issue. When I didn’t respond over the weekend, I received a second email reminding me that they would fix things if I wanted them to. That’s pretty good customer service in my book. Though it’s difficult to tell from a couple of brief interactions, I have the sense that the folks at Whistle not only care about their customers, but their customers’ pets, too.
There is a subscription charge of about $8 a month, if purchased annually, to cover the cost of cellular service to communicate between the tracking unit and your cell phone. For me, $8 is a small price for peace of mind when my four-pawed friend goes wandering. Particularly, if I can catch him. Note, the cellular service Whistle uses has nothing to do with the cellular provider you use for your mobile phone, so it works regardless of which company supplies you with cell service. One $8 subscription allows multiple pets and multiple “owners”—other family members or friends.
All in all, this is one heck of a product. I heartily recommend it, and give it a 5-star rating.