It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
They can be traced, but not by satellite.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Now that cell phones are equipped with GPS technology they can in effect be tracked by satellite insofar as the GPS signal is transmitted by the satellite and received by the cellphone. The location of a user is recorded by the cell phone carrier.
A cellphone is more than a transmitter, it is a radio transceiver. Spooky stuff, huh?
[edit on 04/8/24 by GradyPhilpott]
Originally posted by kickass
I wouldn't call this "tracked by satelite", since the GPS systems only *transmits* data for a GPS-receiver so it can "see" it's own position.
On some phones the GPS on, is default. Others it is not. I keep mine on all the time because I don't care who knows where I am. In fact, I desire it.
And no, for the cellphone company to "see" the GPS-postion the cellpone itself must transmit this info tp the provider. YOu want to track a cellphone you must proably use the basestations and their "cells", to be able to see where your phone is.
Actually, you can use several basestations to pinpoint a cellphone *to some extent* (as I said in an earlier reply), but no GPS is involved.