Every cell phone has the possibility of being tracked down by a cell tower. Every move you make, every call you receive and make, and every message you send and receive can be traced where your cellphone is located by a cellular tracker. This tracking process is done in seconds.
What is a cell tower and how does it work?
A cell tower is a radio transmitter and receiver communicating with mobile phones and other devices. The tower is connected to the internet, and it transmits signals between the network and your phone. When you make a call or send a text message, your device sends a signal to the nearest tower. The tower then routes this data to the intended recipient over its own connection to the internet.
Cell towers track your cell phone by periodically pinging your device for its location. This allows the tower to determine which tower should receive your data transmissions. Without pinging, the tower doesn’t know where to send the data, so it will be lost in transmission or routed incorrectly.
What kind of data is detected by cell towers?
Anything within the sector of the cell tower can be recorded. This means any device connected to a tower within range of the antenna will send out information about its location and speed and direction of travel (if it’s moving) to help locate it more precisely.
Cell towers can tell how far away a device is from the tower which can reveal its physical location. The distance measurement between the antenna and the device is called “routing distance.” This distance determines how long it takes for information sent by one device to reach another user’s device and vice versa.
In addition to physical location and speed, cell towers can also detect specific pieces of data being transmitted such as phone calls, text messages, and emails.