Like it or hate it. Progress is unstoppable. Like the disconnection from analogue to digital. The telecom companies need to free up their phone towers for new faster speed technologies. The only way to do this is to move the technology forward to 3G and 4G.
Telstra and other leading telecom companies around the world such as AT&T etc., are planning to disconnect disconnect their GSM / 2G network this year.
For Australia Telstra will disconnect their GSM / 2G network on 1st Dec 2016. Optus will disconnect their GSM / 2G network a few months after that. Vodafone will also move soon.
The M33 features a new 3G 4G module which allows the 3G 4G GPS tracker to receive and transmit data in the 3G 4G and GPRS network areas. This means it has a distinctive edge over those tracking units which relied solely on a GPRS network. GPS trackers that can only operate with a GPRS network (2G - 2.5G) would stop live tracking and turn into data loggers. This new 3G 4G GPS tracker can now track and send live data from a 3G 4G and GPRS network areas.
This GPS Tracker solution is an excellent way to be able to have a two-way communication with the vehicle driver. You can send text messages directly to the navigation GARMIN device via GPRS (note: free communication and no cost for SMS text messaging) and your driver can reply to the instructions/messages.