The best pet wearables: Trackers and GPS collars for dogs, cats and more

The perfect way to keep beloved pets healthy
The best pet wearables

Wearable tech isn't just for people – now you can get your pets synced up with the latest gadgets. Obviously we're not talking about a pug gaming on Oculus Rift or a cat with an Apple Watch – that would be ridiculous. We're talking the best pet GPS trackers to smart dog collars on the market.

There are an increasing number of companies that are crafting wearable gadgets just for animals, whether that's to monitor their health or keep track of them via GPS when they're on the prowl.

Essential reading: Best fitness trackers (for humans)

We've rounded up some of the best pet wearables complete with handsome four-legged models to show them off.

Kyon Pet Tracker

Available in a variety of different colors, Kyon's smart pet collar is like Fitbit for your pet. The waterproof collar does more than track your pet with the built-in GPS and 3G radios. A water sensor detects if your little pal is in danger of drowning, while the heat sensor sends alerts to your phone if you've forgotten your pet in a hot car. The accelerometer and altimeter can be used to warn you if your usually perky pet is unusually sedated, a sign of potential health problems. You can also pacify your pet with an ultrasonic buzzer to prevent unnecessary dog fights. Notifications about your pet's health and reminders for vaccinations are sent to your phone and shown on the LED display on the collar. The battery lasts for 30 days, and Kyon can be recharged on its base station.

$249 on Kickstarter; $4.99 monthly subscription for 3G connectivity

Inupathy

Inupathy is a pet wearable that promises to tell you what your pooch is feeling through a doggy heart rate monitor, with specialized algorithms for canines, that fits like a harness. When flashing, the different colors and light patterns show you whether the dog is happy, excited, anxious, etc. CEO Joji Yamaguchi first started testing the Inupathy monitor on his corgi and then slowly branched out to other dogs in order to refine the algorithm. He told us, "A dog's tail can you tell you how he is feeling but Inupathy is more precise." Yamaguchi also noted that he wants the device to be used in determining the dog's health and wellbeing.

Starts at $199, Indiegogo

Pod 2

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The makers of Pod claim that it's "the world's smallest and lightest GPS tracker and activity monitor". The cork-sized gadget is designed to attach to any size collar and uses a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile data coverage - via an embedded SIM - to easily keep track of your pet. The mobile app's Locate Now button will display your furry friend's current location on a map and you can also set up a virtual fence so that you get an alert if your pet goes over the boundary.

$199 (pre-order), $49 a year data, free for first year, podtrackers.com

DogTelligent

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This connected dog collar enables you to track your pooch's location via GPS. Virtual fence and lease technology stops your doggy pal from wandering too far while integrated ultrasound and vibration commands help with training. You can also speak to your dog from anywhere thanks to the built-in micro speakers. Built-in LEDs light up at night and will automatically flash if your poor hound is lost. DogTelligent claims to have the longest rechargable battery life of any smart dog collar with this selection of features. The app can also be used to store records from vet visits.

$120, dogtelligent.com

Buddy

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Billed as "the dog collar reimagined", Buddy sports a distinctive design with multi-coloured LEDs that are designed to keep your pooch visible and safe from potential collisions. You can choose from a large selection of different lighting patterns. The smart collar also features real-time GPS tracking, activity monitoring and a temperature sensor with information displayed on a tiny OLED screen. The collar comes in three different sizes and works with a smartphone app, as well as an Apple Watch app. You can also set up virtual boundaries and set reminders for important events like vet appointments.

$180, pre-order, full price $450, squeakerdogs.com

WÜF

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Described as "dog tracking and training for the modern, mobile dog owner", this connected collar is available in three different sizes. The doggie wearable packs GPS tracking along with activity monitoring. WÜF also includes two-way audio for keeping in contact with your pooch if he's out of earshot, while a virtual leash will keep him from straying too far. As the gadget is still at pre-order stage, there isn't that much information on how all this on-board tech works. The dedicated app is also set to include games, training exercises and social challenges to help your make the most of your time with your canine pal.

$129, getwuf.com

PetPace

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One of the only pet wearables that works for both cats and dogs of any size (well, 8lbs upwards, to be precise), the PetPace is a comprehensive health monitor. Because your furry pals can't tell you if they're in pain, this gadget tracks vitals such as temperature, pulse, respiration, activity, calories and posture, notifying you of any abnormalities. The data can also be accessed by your vet to keep your animal chums in fine health. The woven fabric colour bears more of a resemblance to traditional pet collars, rather than the rigid design seen on most smart collars.

$149.96, $14.95 monthly subscription, petpace.com

Nuzzle

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This smart collar will keep you up to date with what your pet is doing throughout the day using GPS, Bluetooth and an activity tracker. Suitable for both cats and dogs, the gadget comes fitted to a collar but can also be mounted on your own collar or harness using the supplied attachment. Various factors such as temperature can be monitored using the dedicated app and you can even add multiple pets. You can also set up a geofence so that you get notified if your pet wanders off. Unlike some other animal trackers, there are no subscription fees.

$149, hellonuzzle.com

Tail Lights

Designed to keep our equine friends safe on the roads in low light, this is the first LED lighting safety system for horses. Four LED strips attach to the base of the tail to ensure that horses are visible on dark roads up to a mile away. Each unit comes with a variety of colour options and multiple flash patterns. There are even seasonal options so if you're feeling particularly festive you can make your horse's tail light up red and green for Christmas. The Pro version is even used by mounted police in the U.S. and Canada

From $149.99, tail-lights.com

GoPro Fetch

This dog harness from action cam kings GoPro can be used to capture the world from your pooch's point of view. The camera (sold separately) can be attached to the chest for videoing “bone-chewing, digging and front-paw action"or on the back for overhead shots of running and jumping. A rugged build means that it'll withstand your dog gambolling around in water and mud and it's also washable.

$49.99, gopro.com| Amazon

Voyce

Available in different sizes up to a 32-inch neck, this waterproof smart collar is designed to keep you connected with your dog. Along with activity tracking, the gadget will monitor heart and respiratory rate as well as rest patterns and calories burnt. As Voyce becomes familiar with your dog's stats, it'll start to offer tips tailored to its specific needs. You also set goals, such as extra activity to burn off those extra pooch pounds. He'll thank you for it in the end.

$199 (plus $9.50 per month), mydogsvoyce.com

Tagg GPS Plus

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Tagg has updated its tracker, adding several new features including a temperature risk sensor which can, for example, warn you if your pup is sitting in a hot car.The new model also adds a smaller Tagg Zone for more precise GPS monitoring and a TrackLock collar attachment for added durability. The GPS Plus will also give you details on your furry chum's level of activity for the day.

$79.95 (plus $6.95 a month), pettracker.com| Amazon

Additional reporting by Chuong Nguyen

68 Comments

  • bobwood says:

    The TrackR Bravo does not use GPS, you are spreading disinformation.

    • s.charara says:

      hi bobwood, I've just amended this article - it was a simple mistake by one of our writers, we apologise. Have you used any of these pet wearables? 

      • robross says:

        I have. The Tagg Tracker Plus. It WAS a great product until Whistle bought them out. NOW IT IS JUNK!!! It is not an issue with the collar it is in the fact that Whistle does want to spend the money to have and provide a quality product. They temp sensor has been abandoned and the tracker is NOT REAL TIME!!! YOu have to wait 3 min at minimum for their system to ping the collar and update the location. And the map does not so the actual path the dog took so you cant guess or anticipate your pets movements. They can travel quite far in a 3 mim time span!

    • PawPaw says:

      This Pet Tracker is much better than all these..... They offer a free replacement for life.

    • ssailer2016 says:

      I purchased the TrackR Bravo. It's completely worthless to me. Unless people around you have the app installed on their cell phones, you won't be able to locate your dog. This is especially troublesome if you're in a rural area, which is where many of them go missing — when people are traveling. Don't purchase it for the purpose of finding a lost pet! Your car keys, sure ... not your dog!

  • peggoty says:

    Hello, these are useful but you don't offer relative evaluation of them. I need one for a small cat, and I can't tell from your descriptions which is the smallest and the highest quality.  For ex., I bought the TAGG a while ago and it was useless as it's location finder was four square blocks!!! I need one that will find a cat within a single block or few backyards.

    Also, the TAGG claimed to be ok for cats but it was WAY  too big for an 8 lb cat. Had to return.

    Please advise as to your rating, a la Consumer Reports ratings.

    Thank you,

    Margaret

    • KatnysRa says:

      Has anyone replied to your inquistion regarding cat tracking gear? I have the same issue with my cat except I need to find an exact location for him since we have a ton of wild life around here. I can't keep him inside all of the time. Just wouldn't be right :/

      • annony says:

        Hi.  I've had the same issue with my cats.  What I ended up doing was using two devices (my cats are all larger - 14 lbs so they are big enough to put the devised on the collar).  I use the Tagg tracker to get a general location via GPS, and then use use the Loc8tor which is a radio frequency device to narrow in exactly to their location.  The Loc8tor only works up to about 200 yards, so the GPS is needed to find their general location first.  Once you are close to their location, the Loc8tor beeps on their collar so you can hear them even if they are hiding under a bush, and the the hand held Loc8tor device beeps louder and flashes louder as you get closer to their location.

        • juntjoo says:

          Wow, that's a lot of radio waves buzzing around your cat like a swarm of bees

      • radiocycle says:

        On the contrary! Keeping you cat inside it the most humane and safest way to own a cat. Safe for the wildlife, and safe for your cat as well. Please search for "Why all cats should be indoor cats" if you really want to be kind to your pet. This is endorsed by the humane society as well.

        • gcarp84 says:

          My indoor cat escaped this past weekend. It was horrible trying to find him. EVEN WITH A CHIP! Because of Craigslist I was notified that someone brought him into their home. i was also told they took him to the vet and got him shots! Where was the clinic's responsibility to check his chip? needless to say, I will be buying a device that I will be able to monitor him more effectively.    

        • juntjoo says:

          I think keeping you inside would be safe for you and the public. Humane too.

  • Joshfialkoff says:

    Do any of these products replace a leash? It would be great if you could create a boundary for your dog and do something like tighten the collar mildly if they stray too far.

  • kevent says:

    looking for a tracker that goes beyond the limits of 150 feet bluetooth, such as wifi - does this exist?

    • PawPaw says:

      The Paw Tracker

  • Emily says:

    This is great if your dog gets lost and no one else finds them but what about for the dogs that get stolen from owners? This only works if the dogs are wearing them. What if someone takes your pet and simply removes the collar? I would like a GPS device implanted under the fur like a microchip. Is this in the works yet?

    • j.stables says:

      You'd then have to charge your dog up every few days. Not sure this possible yet :-)

      • ralphie_collie says:

        How about a charging bed? Like the charging pads for cell phones only a dog bed. 

    • dbrown says:

      Look into save a life microchips.!! They are provided at your vet and cost around $55. It is a gps microchip for cats and dogs. Even if your animal is stolen you can find them.

      • Carter says:

        Micro chips are NOT a gps tracker.

        Let's be clear on that.

        Someone would have to take the dog into a vet and have the pet scanned in order to find out the owner's information, or for the vet to see that this pet has been reported lost or stolen when someone brings it in. A pet thief most likely knows this, and would avoid having the animal scanned, but still highly advisable as a last line of defense to get our buddies home when all other options have failed! 

      • devil33d says:

        I just had a HORRIBLE experience with my dog's microchip!!!! DON'T RELY ON MICROCHIPS!!!!! My dog escaped from my yard and I posted his escape on EVERY form of media I could think of. I kept telling myself that if someone just takes him anywhere, his chip would be scanned and I will be called. I even called my microchip company to let them know he was missing. I also did a "missing dog" report with animal control and kept calling them every 4 hours to see if anyone had dropped him off. They kept telling me no. My sister offered to drop by animal control "just in case" and she saw MY DOG and they were in the process of adopting him to someone else!!! She was so upset and while she was "raising heck," another guy came in with a dog that he adopted from animal control and OWNED THE DOG FOR 6 MONTHS before taking it to the vet to get it's booster shots and the vet scanned it and said it belonged to someone else who reported it missing!!!! I still have horrible dreams of them adopting my dog to someone else  :(

        • Fayehannah says:

          My American Bulldog was stolen 6 years ago and he was microchipped. If he was hit by a car or taken to a vet he shouldve been scanned but still no word. Sadly he was 3 then i doubt hes stillalive :'(

          • anne says:

            My dog was also microchipped and went missing for two weeks. I assumed the spca would call if he was found , but I kept on looking in every spca every few days for two weeks. Even after phoning, I had to go look for myself. Finally i walked into an Spca compund and there was my dog! They hadn't called me because no chip was registering. The chip had moved and could not be detected. So be aware they are not infallable

    • AliceHada says:

      Yes, I have read that a patent has been applied for as of 2015 for an implantable GPS for pets.  Very excited!  Hope to see it on the market soon.

  • jessfong says:

    I think you should also check out Pod (www.podtrackers.com) as it too is a GPS tracker, has perimeter tracking (so you get alerts if your furry friend leaves the defined area if should be in) and an activity monitor for your pet. It's also waterproof and has an interchangeable battery so you're ready to swap the batteries over when one runs out. 

    • juntjoo says:

      Isn't this the first product on this page you're commenting on?

    • njd says:

      Don't get a Pod tracker, when my dog leaves the safety zone, it shows her about 60 miles away (she isn't).  I have been working with their tech support and they say that because a neighbor moved, the signal thinks she is 60 miles away.  They say that it should straighten itself out eventually (that was 2 months ago).  I have asked for a refund, but haven't heard anything yet

  • Aviator says:

    I am thinking of inventing a device more in tune with the Fitbit worn by humans but what it does is that it tells the owner the temperature of the pet and alerts them if it's sick.

    I need basic funding to launch this idea.

  • My_DogTelligent says:

    Great list of dog wearables!  Dogtelligent is reimagining every day dog products to make them smart, beautiful and connected.  Check us out at www.dogtelligent.com and place your pre-order.  The Connected Collar trains, tracks and manages your dog's health, activity and safety!

  • Zeno says:

    My social butterfly farm dog likes to venture for a week at a time.  Just when I think it's over, she shows up for a few weeks. I need a gps device to connect to her collar that has a range of 2 miles, is waterproof. That's it. Don't need to monitor anything else but where the hell is she.  Help!!!!!

    • Emma says:

      Try the Tractive GPS tracker. I use it for my dog Benno, who loves to explore our neighbourhood on his own.

    • Emma says:

      It's waterproof (my dog hates water, but just in case it rains, it needs to be waterproof).

  • Jenn_red says:

    all too big! There are issues of safety for cats getting large items stuck when they're outside. Why can't they be made flatter and incorporate into the collar, like a fitbit?

  • tkirkland says:

    stupid question.....when it says gps does it track for miles or do you have to be in a certain range?

    • Tat535 says:

      It depends on what type of comm it uses. The gps is used to get coordinates and time of day and to relay this information to your smart device it would use a bluetooth module. More specifically a Bluetooth low energy(BLE) which is limited in range hence low energy. It is used in low power applications. If the tracker incorporated a GSM module then it can connect to a cellphone network and it will tell you where your dog is at even if hes miles away. But then you will probably pay a monthly fee like a cell phone. The characteristic im interested in is how long does the battery last? Can it be recharged? 

  • Moure says:

    Thanks you for your listing. These types of devices are really necessary for this time. By using this device our pets are safe too.  

  • Tahsin says:

    Now pets are too smart. They are using GPS tracker,pet camera, pet gps etc. By using this, we are not only safe but also the pets too.Great invention of modern science.   

  • J-D says:

    Our cat wears a pod tracker on his quick release collar. The tracking system is excellent however, there is a snag. Cats being inquisitive creatures do get themselves into tight spots occasionally requiring the collar to pop off. The GPS system can pinpoint where the collar became detached but as you can imagine it is extremely difficult to find in thick undergrowth. We have been lucky so far as the collar has popped off 5 times. This device would be perfect if it had a light and bleeper that could be activated if lost making it easy to find. 

  • ZazuProject says:

    ZAZUPetLink is our first and new line of Wearables oriented to help people to have a better care of their pets with just a little more understanding and control of their activity, behaviour and their location.

    Our Small and stylish Collar is created to be 24 hours with the pet, use a small but powerfull and low consumption Processor designed exclusively by MediaTek for wearable devices, GPS, Bluetooth LE and GSM Network with a worldwide coverage (+170 Countries).

    Check out our most beautiful and useful wearable for pets at www.zazuproject.com ;

  • Sariani says:

    Whistle keeps telling us that the Tagg will eventually be able to track and alert re: temperature, but it is a year since the announcement and they still won't commit to a time. Do not purchase the device if you are looking for a temperature sensor any time soon.

  • GPCats_tracker says:

    You might want to have a look at GPCats offer. No monthly or yearly data plans at all. This is a GPS tracker for Cats that comes with free data service.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gpcats/gpcats...

  • PawPaw says:

    Ok, well I have been Researching these devices and I believe that some new names are going to emerge as the top Petables... Check out The Paw Tracker for starters. They gave me a Discount code to pass along its PawPaw and you get 50% off the retail price.  They also back their hardware with a replacement program for life.  So you never have to worry about keeping your Cat or Dog safe.  There are a few others I like like Whistle but I really like the look of The Paw Tracker more.  

    Paw Paw  Out

    • metcarl says:

      Interested in this collar.  What is the discount code?

      • thepawtracker says:

        3030 - is the best promo code we have available for now the 50% off was not for Pawpaw to pass out it was specific to him because he was an early purchaser. 

        • thepawtracker says:

          3030 promo code is ended.  Check out our site for the latest deals we offer on our dog gps collar

    • deegs says:

      I looked at the demo video, and the voice over was dreadful, you could barely understand some words, very hard to understand.

    • AGirlWith2Dogs says:

      They gave you a discount code to pass along, why don't you share that with us so we can also use it. Thanks in advance.

  • markbeattie28 says:

    this article sucks all but two of the pet trackers listed here are actually available for sale the rest are preorders. .... kinda hard to tell when this article was even written bc first comment was made 4/15 but the article is dated 10/15.  So have some folks waited 6 months + to get a preordered dog collar?

  • Palmos says:

    Hi,

    can you please advise some type of collar / device for my dog with following conditions?

    1) No monthly fee
    2) GPS is not needed (but can be)
    3) Activity monitor for android (best with multiple possibilities like heart rate etc...)
    4) something what can I buy now (no pre-order)
    5) With light if possible

    Thank you

  • nige says:

    I'm a PodTracker owner and honestly love what they have achieved. HOWEVER, I have just returned my 4th on in less than 6 months. Despite great features they aren't made well - the battery connection is ridiculously frail. The batteries last 24hrs at best. They use GPRS2 which will be phased out within another year or less. Other than that they are unbeatable in Australia I reckon - but I have asked for a refund. Cant find anything else that comes close and works on wifi and gps?

  • Silvi says:

    I think pet gps tracking is a great idea espe­cially for dogs that you value their safety and the prob­a­bil­ity of them get­ting stolen.

  • mmkirk says:

    Tagg GPS Plus

    This company's tracker updates in 12 minute intervals so if your pet goes missing you might not get notified until that 12 minutes is up. Also, if you dog is taken in a car it might take up to 24 minutes to get notified. I only know this because we have a field next to our house which my dog likes to run around in from time to time. The other day I knew he went out there and I watched the app back at home ( base home for his gps ) and it never sent me a text letting me know that he left his base home zone so I asked TAGG and they let me know all these just lovely details. KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY. 

    • burns8839 says:

      I also have 2 older TAGG GPS collars for my Dogs.  It was a great system but was purchased by Whistle last year and it literally sux now.   I would not recommend this for your pet.  the time between pings is way to long to be of much use in locating your pet if they get loose. 

  • kyloren says:

    Great article and some of these collars are just mind blowing! Many are still being funded and have not available on the market yet. I came across these guys just the other day and thought I would share: http://www.ultimatebarkcontrol.com/GPS-dog-trackin...

    Thanks!

  • Whiggy says:

    I have 2 cats and thus far have tried: Pod Tracker, Tagg (now Whistle), PawTacker, and Weenect. I have finally settled on using both IotaTracker and Loc8tor. Both are small enough to fit on my cats collars, no monthly fees and where GPS may fail, the radio signal of the Loc8tor succeeds. 

    • steelworker says:

      Wow. I don't want two trackers on him. I've been torn between pod tracker and paw tracker. What was wrong with them?

  • Perlasmom says:

    My dog left a big garden party through a gate, last weekend. I found her running on the street, trying to find her way back in unfamiliar surroundings. If l'd found out just a few minutes later, she could easily have been lost or taken. She's microchipped, but if a chip had GPS in it, connected to my cellphone, that would have helped. She doesn't bark, so a collar with lights and sound would help - especially since it had just gotten dark. Somebody please invent something useful for us !

  • smithmal says:

    Noticed nothing on the Iota tracker which in Jan '16 matured from a crowd funding to a purchasable product (http://www.iotatracker.com).

    The Iota tracker is sealed waterproof and rechargeable tracker that you add to the pet's collar.  Each charge lasts one month (200+ recharges possible or 16.7 years).  It takes about 2-3 hours to fully recharge the battery.  No subscription fee; app works with both Android and iOS.  ATM $200 for two trackers and a base station.

    Each base station gives 1-2 miles of coverage for surburban areas, possibly more with rural flat areas.  Also can piggyback onto other neighbor's base stations across the country for additional coverage (if you pet goes into their base station range).  You can see how many neighbors in your area currently use iota by going to their coverage map (http://www.iotatracker.com/coverage).

    Allows you to set up geofencing as well.

    So far, this looks to me like the most mature tracker product available. 

    • twodogsinRI says:

      This would not help if you take your dog hiking and it chases a deer. Looks like this is for someones yard.

  • Birdy says:

    This is best: www.thetileapp.com

    Small, inexpensive, no monthly subscription fees, tracks anything—pets included.

    • stoonyash says:

      Why didn't I think of this earlier? Great idea. I just happened to have an extra tile and set it up and it's on my pup. I love my tiles. It's on her collar now!

    • sfc says:

      How would Tile help find your cat or dog that ran off? To be located, your pet would need to run near another person who was running the Tile app on his/her mobile device... seems unlikely.

  • yenreit83 says:

    Hello,

    I need a cat tracker for my cat when we are at our rural cabin in Maine. Not great cell service. Does ANYthing exist that doesn't use cellular data?

    THanks.

    • beniota says:

      Hello,

      Please take a look at the Iota tracker (www.iotatracker.com) and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. It is the only real time GPS tracker with no monthly service fees, doesn't use the cellular network, is about 3x smaller than the nearest competitor and 5x better battery life.

      -Ben

      • Tina1 says:

        Hi

        I live in Europe. does iotatracker work in Belgium ?

  • caloLeo333 says:

    Please visit www.motomon.com, we offer tracking of pets and it updates location every 15 to 25 second depending where you are located and can be controlled remotely when it comes to location information.

    For more information please feel free to contact me for a demo of our platform and how your GPS tracker can work for you in more ways than one.

    Carlos Cruz

    Office:305-969-5566

    Personal: 305-927-3359

  • Catgetsdown says:

    I purchased the POD, hoping that the AT&T 2G coverage map was correct - our entire city was covered, theoretically. It is a great little device. Light, small and easily attaches to the cat's collar. Our cats have a walking jacket that velcros around their necks and tummy. Pretty hard to get out of but when tangled, they can wiggle their way out. The POD worked pretty well when the cats were inside the house. However, outside, we could only get reception 1 time because AT&T's 2G coverage was essentially, no coverage. The company is great to work with. They had no problem with my returning the item for a full refund. They will be releasing a 3G model at the end of this year. Only complaint is the battery must be recharged daily. Essentially, you have to swap the charged battery every day (it comes with 2 batteries).

    So - I opted for a device that did not rely on the cellular network: iotatracker. It's charging now. Since it has a base station that controls the coverage, I'm hoping this will be the one for us. The devices are a tad larger than the POD but still light. It attaches to the collar via velcro so we may need something more resilient. We'll see.  Battery life is supposed to be weeks... 

  • Dimeglio77 says:

    Still wondering why they all claim GPS when not one of them is GPS.  They all get their signals from cell towers.  GPS is supposedly "space based navigation system".

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