Dec 07, 2015 / Written by Matt Adams
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BATTERY LIFE: Enabling GPS on your phone typically decreases the battery life by about 50%. This means the phone will need to be recharged twice as often in order to monitor the device for the full day.

TAMPERING: With a GPS-enabled cell phone, the person responsible for carrying the phone is also responsible for ensuring the phone can get a good signal at all times. At times, the java applet running the GPS software on the phone can be turned off, or the cell phone could be placed in a container that blocks the signal.

COST: GPS-enabled phones require a minimum monthly voice plan, a data plan, plus monthly tracking services. These expenses do not exist with a standalone GPS device.