Are There GPS Tracker for Car without A SIM Card?

ByWestleigh Ferrato 2020-01-21 3708

The answer is yes, there are GPS car locators without a SIM card, but with nuances. On the one hand, we can find trackers (which is not the same as locators) that do not require a SIM card because they use Bluetooth technology, but whose range is extremely limited (meters) and will not give you an exact location. This is the case of the well-known TrackR Bravo.

The other option is a new wireless radio communication technology that is still in development and, because of that, it still has limitations that GPS with SIM card does not have, although it is certainly the future. It is only a matter of time before this network finishes expanding and unseating mobile networks, at least in the field of GPS tracking. Do you want to know more?


So far, wireless communication depended on two fundamental factors: the signal transmission power or the proximity between the sender and receiver. If you didn't have one, you had to try to get the other, and vice versa. Similarly, if the conditions did not allow you one thing or the other, communication could not take place.

LPWAN is the acronym for Wide Area Networks Low Power, a new type of wireless radio communication at very low frequency, capable of sending small amounts of data over long distances and with low power between devices that need to communicate little information.

An example of a device that sends little information would be precisely a GPS, which does not send photos, long texts, videos, or anything other than a series of coordinates. LPWAN is, therefore, a wireless technology that can have many applications when combined with IoT (Internet of Things).

LPWAN works in the ISM band (Industrial, Scientific and Medical), a free web without the need for a license, reserved internationally for non - commercial use in industrial areas, scientific and medical. It is a band already popularized for its use in communications since it is the same as other wireless technologies such as WiFi or Bluetooth.

The use of this band is open to everyone, with limitations on the level of transmitted power, unlike a wireless WAN network, designed to transport large volumes of data, for which it also needs great power.

LPWAN is a general term that designates this type of technology, but there are already many companies competing to create the standard that ends up being imposed on the rest, such as SIGFOX, LoRaWAN ™, Ingenu, Weightless and SymphonyLink. We have chosen the first two because they are, so far, are leading the race for first place.


While it is true that the use of SIGFOX is more widespread today, it is also true that LoRaWAN has more stability, better performance and the addition of gratuity, so we believe it will be the one that ends up being imposed as soon as it gets a more extensive and homogeneous network.

LoRa is a patented broad spectrum radio modulation technology ( CSS / Chirp-Spread-Spectrum), developed by Cycleo in 2008 and acquired by Semtech in 2012. It uses unlicensed radio frequency bands such as 169 MHz, 433 MHz, 868 MHz (Europe) and 915 MHz (North America). LoRaWAN refers to broad public networks based on LoRa.

LoRa is used by LoRaWAN, Haystack Technologies and Symphony Link, which joined together with more than 500 companies under the name of LoRa Alliance in order to expand large-scale LPWAN IoT networks with the LoRaWAN standard, not for profit but with the objective of creating new more sustainable business opportunities.

The Things Network (TTN), a fundamental part of the LoRa Alliance, is building a network for IoT by creating abundant data connectivity using LoRaWAN technology. TTN is a community of more than 30,000 volunteers from around the world that already has more than 3,000 LoRaWAN gateways installed in more than 90 countries. The volunteers are responsible for the construction, care, and payment of the portals. The Netherlands, for example, is already widely stocked. In 9 months they can provide access to LoRaWAN to some 3,500,000 people.

Therefore, through standardization and the accredited certification scheme, LoRa Alliance offers the necessary interoperability so that LPWAN networks can be extended, making LoRaWAN ™ the main solution for free and global implementations of LPWAN, which will allow many of applications in the real world.


On the other hand, we have the WPWAN SIGFOX network, which uses a modulation technology based on the Ultra Wide Band (UNB) and which already has a presence in more than 60 countries but privately. Their base stations receive the data of the different electronic devices through a radio frequency but do not encode them, but instead send them to a virtual cloud, which is where users can develop the entire coding process. In this way, base stations need to use less power and thus extend the life of their batteries.

SIGFOX is already the system chosen by several manufacturers of GPS tracking devices without a SIM card due to its wide range and low energy expenditure, although it has cons that reduce its usability in other areas, such as the need to pay for the cloud subscription service, the slowness in the transmission of data, the limit of descent and rise of the same and the lack of coverage even in a large part of the world territory.

If you want a GPS locator for the car without a SIM card because of the possibility of having your car stolen, the SIGFOX technology locators may not be the most suitable, since you wo n't be able to find your car if they take it to a country without this type network. In the following photo we can clearly see that there are still many countries that lack this type of technology and where, therefore, we would not get a signal from our car GPS locator without a SIM card.

At the moment (maybe only within a couple of years), the safest and most reliable option to keep our car located is a GPS with a SIM card that, although they involve an initial outlay of important money, is the only thing that guarantees us We can recover our vehicle wherever it is.

You already know that in the Detective and Spy Shop they send you your GPS locator already configured and ready to use, with free access for life to the online tracking platform. Contact them if you have any questions or need more information, they will be happy to help you.

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