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Power of GPS Phones Locked Away from Most Users

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Power of GPS Phones Locked Away from Most Users

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Power of GPS Phones Locked Away from Most Users

Power of GPS Phones Locked Away from Most Users

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Millions of cell phones contain Global Positioning System, or GPS, capabilities. GPS tracks exactly where the phone is located. Most cell phone providers keep that information locked away from users. Nextel is the only company that allows people to retrieve information from their GPS-equipped phones.

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