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Personal GPS locators review

Personal GPS locators are meant to provide peace of mind. Anyone—a child, an adult with dementia, or even a pet—who carries or wears one of these GPS devices should be easily and quickly findable. But our tests found that's not always the case.What we testedOur lab tested the Amber Alert GPS, $130 plus $15 per month; the Filip, worn on the wrist, $200 plus $10 per month, and the the PocketFinder Personal GPS Locator (which can be used on pets as well as people), $130 plus $13 per month.How they workThe devices use GPS or a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi, and cell-phone signals to determine their location. They then communicate it through the AT&T cellular network (subscription required) to either a Web page or a smart-phone app that's monitored by the parent or guardian.  The Amber Alert and Filip are also limited cell phones: They don't let the wearer dial a number directly, but the wearer can be contacted or issue an SOS. And all three let you set zones—so, for instance, a parent can rece...

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  1. Amber Alert issued for tot after double homicide in RI; police say man snatched boy from home

    Police have issued an Amber Alert for a 2-year-old boy after two people were found dead in an apparent double homicide in Rhode Island.State police say toddler Isaia...

  2. Man initially identified as suspect in RI killings, Amber Alert is cleared of wrongdoing

    A man initially identified as a suspect in a Rhode Island double homicide and mentioned in a related nationwide Amber Alert has been cleared of wrongdoing and releas...

  3. Woman, child found dead in burned house near San Diego; Amber Alert issued for 2 children

    An Amber Alert was in effect early Tuesday for the two missing children of a woman whose body was found inside a burned rural house near the U.S.-Mexico border, and ...

  4. Amber Alert issued for 2 children missing after Tennessee fire

    Authorities have issued an Amber Alert for two Tennessee children missing since a fire burned down their home five days ago, saying there is no evidence they were vi...

  5. California baby, focus of Amber alert , found safe after disappearing in stolen car

    A missing 11-month-old girl inside an SUV that was stolen in Northern California and triggered an Amber Alert has been found safe.Authorities in San Jose say Gabriel...

  6. Maryland police searching for missing PG County toddler issue amber alert

    The Maryland State Police have issued an Amber Alert for a missing 1-year-old Latino toddler from Prince George's County.Authorities are asking for the public's help...

  7. Amber Alert Website Offline Due to Shutdown

    Amber Alert Website Offline Due to Government Shutdown

  8. Amber Alert system shut off due to government slimdown

    Catherine Herridge reports from Washington, D.C.

  9. Suspect in Relisha Rudd case posed as girl's doctor, authorities say

    Washington D.C. officials said Wednesday that the man suspected of abducting an 8-year-old girl posed as her doctor and took calls from her elementary school teacher...

  10. What could have happened inside the cockpit of Flight 370?

    Craig Rivera investigates with the help of a flight simulator

  11. Search for missing Maryland girl and father expands nationwide as father faces murder charge

    The father of a missing Maryland girl now faces a murder charge in the death of the girl's mother and a search has expanded nationwide for father and daughter, polic...

  12. Suspect leads Denver police on high speed chase after allegedly carjacking auto with 4-year-old inside

    A carjacking at a Denver area gas station quickly turned into a high speed police chase to catch the suspect who allegedly stole a minivan with a child inside.A red ...

  1. FBI hunts for janitor suspected of snatching 8-year-old girl from DC homeless shelter

    The District of Columbia police chief said a search of a park for a missing 8-year-old girl is a "recovery operation," although police haven't given up hope of findi...

  2. Amber alert website down due to partial shutdown

    The Amber alert system, the national missing-child warning program, has been shut off due to the government shutdown, according to the Department of Justice.“Due to ...

  3. Amber Alert issued for two Nevada children 'in danger of serious harm' from parents

    Authorities in California have issued an Amber Alert for two Nevada children who are believed to be "in danger of serious harm from their parents."The alert said tha...

  4. Amber Alert canceled for all teens who were reported missing from NM ranch for troubled youth

    An Amber Alert was canceled Sunday for five teenage boys who authorities reported missing from a rural New Mexico ranch for troubled youth along with others before t...

  5. 1 of 3 teens listed on Amber Alert is found, points Ohio authorities to bodies of 2 others

    Authorities in northwest Ohio say one of three teenage boys named in an Amber Alert has been located several counties away and has pointed them to the bodies of the ...

  6. Amber Alert issued for missing Wash. teen, believed with boyfriend

    Police in Kennewick, Wash., are trying to find a 14-year-old girl last seen leaving her school and getting into her boyfriend's green Ford Escape SUV.The Tri-City He...

  7. Amber Alert website brought back online after outcry

    The Obama administration has brought the Amber Alert website back online, following outcry over the site being taken down amid the partial government shutdown. White...

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