Monday, October 10, 2005

Homemade Nextel GPS phone



I wonder if it'll work on Sprint phones.

[from mologogo.com] Mod a GPS enabled Nextel and fauxjack yourself... or your car, or your kid, or a big dog, or an elephant. We really, really want to track an elephant. Mologogo is a free service that will track a "friends" GPS enabled cell phone from another phone(gps not required) or on the web.

It currently works on pretty much any Nextel phone with Java and GPS - even a $60 no-contract Boost Mobile phone.

We've tested a bunch of phones ourselves but check out the wiki to see about your specific model. If it works on your phone please add it to the wiki.

Don't have a Nextel or Boost Mobile phone with Java and GPS? Get a new "pay as you go" color GPS enabled phone for under $80 ($59 for a i285 or $79 for a i415) at BestBuy or Target. A $20 Boost card will let you upload points for almost 4 months. Dirt cheap for some cool, useful and really fun tech.

Nextels require a little effort to get a third party app on your phone, so sign up for a local mailing list and ask for help if you need it. Even better setup or attend a local Install Fest to easily get Mologogo on your phone.

Mologogo is totally "alpha" right now, but improving rapidly. It is was built as a Web 2.0 app, so expect integration with sites like Flickr, Upcoming.org, Judy's book, and lots more RubyOnRails/AJAX-y goodness added to our UI. And with our soon to be released API, you'll be able to access your own location data in other sites.

More clients are on the way, we hope to have clients for PocketPC, Palm, and any other devices with wireless net. If you want to develop a Mologogo client, we'd love to add it to our downloads.

Reported on BoingBoing and Makzine.

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