Jiobit Child GPS Tracker Tested

Author: John Scanlan, Published on Mar 08, 2018

Tracking devices are a growing security market segment. Bluetooth-only ones (e.g., Tile (tested) have become increasingly used. But GPS ones remain limited.

Of particular concern to many parents is tracking young children who may run or wander off. IPVM had a lively discussion about this: Child GPS / Security Tracker - What Works?

A US startup, Jiobit, run by an ex-Motorola executive John Renaldi, is claiming to solve this problem, declaring:

Stay connected to your child, no matter the distance

Jiobit is small enough to hide, lasts for weeks and tracks accurately and in real time.

We wanted to see how it worked, so we bought one and tested it. Inside we report our findings on:

  • Mobile geofencing
  • Real-time tracking
  • Trusted Places
  • Physical overview
  • Mobile App Overview
  • Battery Life
  • Product support
  • Price & comparison to competitors

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Trusted ******

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Size **********

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Comments (14)

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