Is the Mologogo GPS Tracking App Right for Your Needs?
Today I’ll be telling you about one of the lesser known free cell tracker apps that you might not be familiar with.
If you spend much time looking into the world of cell phone tracking, you’ve probably already realized that most applications require that you have a programmable smartphone so that you can download and install special mobile phone tracking software onto the phone.
There are a few exceptions to this and they are AT&T FamilyMap, Verizon Family Locator, and Sprint Family Locator. Subscribers of these services can use the cell phone tracking service provided by AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint but you must be their customer and subscribe to a monthly cellular service plan in order to do so.
Most of the other tracking applications that are available require that you download and install special software onto the phone that you want to be able to track utilizing the GPS capabilities of the phone. The app that we’ll be talking about today falls into this category.
What’s Different About Mologogo?
Mologogo has changed things up a bit by offering a low budget cell tracker that they “claim” will work on both smartphones and on prepaid cellular phones.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to get started in the world of cell phone tracking, Mologogo claims that you can simply purchase a prepaid cell phone from Boost Mobile that has GPS capabilities and the ability to install Java on it. You’ll then be able to download and install Java onto the phone as well as download and install the free Mologogo cell tracking application.
What About The Mologogo Prepaid Phone?
The company claims that you can purchase what they call a “Mologogo tracking phone” that can be delivered right to your doorstep and it will have the application already installed on it and ready to use for GPS tracking. I’m not exactly sure if this is something that they are working on developing or something that currently exists because when I clicked on the link to purchase one on the Mologogo website, a message came up that said “shop not found”.
That shouldn’t be any big deal really since you can easily purchase Boost Mobile prepaid cell phones at many of your local stores. Since I couldn’t find a way to purchase one of their pre-programmed cellular phones on their website, I started fishing around a bit more to see if I could actually find a place to buy one. I clicked on the link that said “download” which I found on their “FAQ” page and I got an error message that said “Error: Not Found. The requested URL /downloads/list was not found on this server”. I then read on down the page a little ways and found a link that said “the manual can be found here” so I clicked on it and this time I got an error that said, “Error: Not Found. The requested URL /files/v12/mologogo_v.1.2.users_guide.pdf was not found on this server.”
Determined to find a way to learn more about this app, I browsed their website a bit further. After a little while, I found my way to the bottom of the web site and in small print I found another “download” link. This time I clicked on the link and it actually did end up taking me to a page where I could download the application. It appears as if users of three types of cellular phones have the option of using this free cell tracker application.
There was a download link for Sprint Nextel/Boost Mobile phones, Windows Mobile phones, and Blackberry phones. On the FAQ page, the company claims that the app will work with other smartphones but I wasn’t able to find any indication of that actually being the case when I looked around for links to download the app for these “other smartphones”.
What About Signing Up For Mologogo?
I was surprised that it only took a couple of minutes to sign up for the service. They simply asked me to provide my name, a password that I wanted to use for my Mologogo account, my cell phone service provider, and my cell phone number. Since I haven’t actually found a working link to purchase one of these prepaid Mologogo phones, I’m going to buy a prepaid Boost Mobile phone sometime and give the application a try.
What I Like About Mologogo
Well, I have to admit that I was intrigued by the fact that this is a low budget tracking application that people can use without having to spend a lot of money on cell phone service plans or expensive programmable smartphones. I think a service like this might be very useful for people who are on vacation or don’t have good enough credit to qualify for a regular cell phone account. For very little money, people can purchase prepaid cellular phones for their entire family to use while they are on vacation.
One good example of where this application might come in very handy would be if you are vacationing at a large resort such as Disneyland. In large theme parks like this, it’s extremely common for different groups of individuals to break off into smaller groups to go ride their favorite rides. Users of this cell tracking app could use the service to find each other in the park while not having to worry about losing or damaging their expensive smartphones.
Is There A Social Aspect To This App?
After creating an account and logging in, I noticed that there is an option to see the location of my friends. This means that this application is in the same category as popular location based service applications such as foursquare. On one page of their website, I even read that there is a “proximity alert” feature that will notify you when you’re in the near vicinity of some of your friends who are also using Mologogo.
What I Don’t Like About Mologogo
I found their website a bit difficult to navigate for my liking and there were a few broken links on the site.
Their website is also a bit vague in my opinion. On one page it says that this application works with “other smartphones” but on the page where you can actually download the app, I wasn’t able to find a download link for versions of the application that will work on any other smartphones. Based on the fact that I had some trouble navigating the site and the fact that I couldn’t find good documentation for the software, I don’t believe that this will be an application that I will be using any time soon.
Most of my friends and family members use Google’s tracking app and a few of them are starting to use foursquare. As a matter of fact, I don’t really know anyone who uses a prepaid cellular phone from Boost Mobile. This means that the likelihood of any of my friends actually installing the Mologogo app on their phone is fairly low. If they don’t have the app installed on their phone, taking advantage of the social networking features of this application would be difficult to say the least.
What’s The Bottom Line?
Well, if you don’t own a smartphone or you have an occasion to track in individual on a limited basis, there might be some value in using this application if you can figure out how to get it working. For me, I believe I will probably continue to use the apps that I’m already using.
Where To Download Mologogo
If you would like to try this app out, you can download it here: Download Mologogo
March 2011 Update: Just like I said I would, I purchased a Boost Mobile prepaid phone that had GPS and Java capabilities. After a lot of struggling and trying to get the app installed on the phone, I finally gave up. I tried to call Boost for help but I wasn’t able to get any assistance. I also tried to email Mologogo to ask for assistance but the email address that was listed on their website didn’t work.
When I tried emailing them at the time I was writing this article I used the email address that was listed on their site which was firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, the email came back as undeliverable. Several months later, on 8-13-2011 I decided to try getting in contact with those who are behind the scenes of Mologogo but the message came back as undeliverable again. Here’s the error message that I received back this second time:
184.108.40.206 does not like recipient.
Remote host said: 550-5.1.1 The email account that you tried to reach does not exist. Please try
550-5.1.1 double-checking the recipient’s email address for typos or
550-5.1.1 unnecessary spaces. Learn more at
550 5.1.1 http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=6596 16si4836764ybn.85
Giving up on 220.127.116.11.
I have to admit that I’m left feeling a bit disappointed that I couldn’t get this app to work for me. I wasn’t able to get it to work but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work. Maybe you’ll have better luck. I was really hoping to be able to give it a glowing review because I’m sure a lot of my readers are looking for a tracking application that will work with prepaid cell phones. Maybe I’m overlooking something when it comes to this phone tracking software. If you have actually gotten the application to function properly on a prepaid phone or any phone for that matter, I’d love to hear from you.
If you are a representative from Mologogo, I’d also love to hear from you as well and I’d welcome a statement from your company about your product. As a matter of fact, I’ll happily include it in this article if you’ll just get in touch with me.