A New Version of InstaMapper GPS Tracker is Available

Written by Felipe on February 5th, 2014

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In January of 2014, I received an email from info@insta-mapper.com and in the email they informed me that InstaMapper is back online. I was saddened when the old app went offline in 2012 because it was one of the only apps that I was aware of that was reported to work on prepaid phones that weren’t of the smartphone variety.

The email that I received actually said:

From: Info InstaMapper
Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 3:03 PM
To: xxxx@freecellphonetracker.net (Note: email address masked to prevent spam)
Subject: Instamapper is back

Hi there

Instamapper is back online, we are a new team of people and would really appreciate it if you could do a story or post on us

CHeers

I was a big fan of the old InstaMapper app so I was excited to hear that they appear to be back. I’ve been meaning to have a look at the new app to see if anything has changed but I just haven’t had time to get around to it until today. When I went to the website that I was already familiar with which was instamapper.com, I read a statement that said:

“InstaMapper was a popular GPS tracking / location sharing service. After nearly 5 years of operation, the site shut down in 2012.

We are hopeful that we will find a way to relaunch the service in the future. Please note that other sites or apps claiming to be “InstaMapper” are not affiliated with us in any way.”

As you can imagine, this left me feeling a bit confused. I’m not sure if the new InstaMapper app is completely new and different or if the old app was simply relaunched with the same name but using the website www.insta-mapper.com.

Out of curiosity, I replied to the email that I received from them and asked for some clarification on the matter. I’ll be sure and update this article when I hear back from them.

In the meantime, I thought I would take a minute and let you know what I have been able to learn about this new app so far. First off, there appears to be a free version of the app and a paid version. For some reason, I wasn’t able to find the price of the “pro” version on their website. It might be there somewhere, but I can’t seem to find it. I downloaded the free version onto my phone to test it out and it appears to be working just fine.

It didn’t take long to start using the application at all. I’ll list the steps that I took to get started below:

  1. I launched Google Play on my smartphone and searched for the keyword “InstaMapper”.
  2. When I found it in the list, I installed it on my phone.
  3. I went to www.insta-mapper.com/register and signed up for a free account by clicking on the link that was titled “Click here to register for a free account now”.
  4. I clicked on the “My Devices” tab and selected “Create Device” from the drop-down list.
  5. I named my device in the field marked “Name” and clicked the “Create Device” button and a unique device ID number was created for my phone.
  6. I launched the app on my phone. Note that the app isn’t called “InstaMapper” on my phone. It was installed under the name “GPS Tracker” for some reason.
  7. I keyed in the device ID number that was assigned to my phone from the InstaMapper website.
  8. I tapped the “Start Tracking” button on the app screen on my phone and the app instantly started recording the GPS coordinates for my phone.

After going through the setup procedures, I logged into the InstaMapper website to see if the app actually reported the location of my phone and I was pleased to see that it did. While I was testing the app, I simply walked around my yard for a little while to see what kind of data I would see when I viewed the location history of my phone on their web-based interface.

To see the map, I clicked on the “My Devices” tab followed by the “My Routes” link that was in the drop-down list. Then a page popped up that listed my device. I then simply clicked on the link that was labeled “My Routes” and I saw the following information.

Name = Thunderbolt
Date / Time = 2014-02-5 22:35:28
Duration = 3 minutes, 25 seconds
Distance = 0.04 Miles / 0.07 KM
Average Speed = 0.8 MPH / 1.4 KPH.

I also saw the path that I walked in my yard during my brief testing session which was overlaid on a map. The mapping interface that they are using to display the location data for our phones appears to be Google Maps.

What’s The Bottom Line?

So far, I really like the new app. I see from their website that they also now have an iPhone version available. I really like that you can track multiple devices at once with the application. The FAQ page for the app states that “The average transmission of your location is very small – 500 bytes. In real world terms, for you that means 2,000 transmissions per 1MB.” That’s not a lot of data usage but if you’re going to be using this app, you should still probably monitor how much data you’re actually using so you don’t go over your monthly allotment and end up with a huge bill.

One thing that I liked about the old InstaMapper app was that they advertised that it would work on prepaid phones. I’ve been searching but I can’t seem to find anything stating that it will work with prepaid cell phones. As far as I can tell, it only works on Android powered phones and iPhones at the time this article is being written.

I’ve emailed the company that makes this app to ask them if they would like to comment on this article. If they respond, I’ll be sure and post their comments in this article.

2-21-2014 Update: I heard back from the new developers of this new InstaMapper app. I’ve posted their response to my questions below:

From: Info InstaMapper
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2014 2:58 PM
To: xxxx@freecellphonetracker.net (Note: email address masked to prevent spam)
Subject: RE: Instamapper is back

Hi

Yes we are a brand new team, brand new developers, nothing to do with the original guys in anyway.

Arr pre paid, yes we support pre paid phones maybe that is something we should mention on our website.

At present we only support iPhone & Android, but we are intending to support blackberry & windows shortly.

Regards

So the answer to my initial question seems to be that is a new app altogether that has been developed by a new group of people and they aren’t affiliated in any way with the original developers of InstaMapper.

5-4-2014 Update: I just received an email from the developers of this program informing me that a version for BlackBerry smartphones is now available. It should work with phones that are running the BB10 operating system. If you would like to give it a try, you can download it from the BlackBerry appworld store.

12-21-2014 Update: Today I learned that this app is no longer free. It’s $2.99 for the iOS version and $1.55 for the Android version. Because, it’s no longer free, I’ve moved it to the “List of Mobile Phone Locator Apps That You Must Pay To Use” section of my homepage.


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