How to avoid cell phone tracking…

Joe has excellent advice if you’re worried about cell phone tracking.

My advice is that no matter how careful you are with the applications you install or “disabling” the GPS or location services the cell phone company knows where your phone is within a few hundred yards anytime it is turned on. And with some phones it’s possible for you to think it is turned off when it actually is still functional at a level sufficient for your cell phone service provider to get location information.

As a friend of mine in the cell phone manufacturing business once told me, “I don’t know exactly what’s in the phone software. But I do know the phone only has one battery.”

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7 Responses to How to avoid cell phone tracking…

  1. George says:

    So what do you do with an iPhone? šŸ™‚

  2. George says:

    Actually, some follow up testing seems to indicate that a double layer of aluminum foil does a pretty good job blocking signals.

  3. alan says:

    Yeah, with the iPhone you need to put it in a little Faraday cage. Thank you Steve Jobs for no user replaceable battery.

  4. Joe Huffman says:

    What to do with an iPhone?

    After you buy your Windows Phone Series Seven I suggest using the iPhone as a hockey puck, a clay pigeon, or bring it to Boomershoot for an Idaho Hardware Test.

  5. Old NFO says:

    Anytime there is power in the battery and it’s in the phone, GPS is available… Even if it’s ‘technically’ turned off.

  6. alan says:

    It does look like Microsoft finally made a usable mobile OS. Good job, Joe!

  7. Kristopher says:

    Faraday cage for cellphones:

    I keep mine in one … no more incoming calls.

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