Get a Fi Series 2 GPS dog collar for $74 (save $75)
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True story: My sister’s dog is lovable but crazy. He frequently bypasses the Invisible Fence and runs off, resulting in many a long and frantic search. So a couple months back I gave her a Fi collar, which incorporates both GPS and LTE for super-accurate tracking.
Game-changer. Now, when the dog ventures beyond the virtual fence, my sister and her husband get an immediate notification. And they can use the Fi app to easily locate him.
Sound like something your pooch could use? For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get awith promo code CNET75. That includes the first month of service; after that, each year runs a reasonable $99.
The collar’s LTE-M radio works on the AT&T network, though at home it relies on Wi-Fi. If Fido (see where “Fi” comes from?) escapes, the GPS and LTE systems start relaying his location.
The Fi needs to be charged only every two to three months, according to Fi. If you have to switch over to Lost Dog Mode, which activates almost constant pings on the cellular network, Fi claims about two days of battery life. That’s a big improvement over competitor Whistle, which lasts around nine hours.
One notably cool feature: local-area leaderboards, which show how your dog-walk activity ranks against others around town.
So, yeah, great tech, reasonable price, genuine problem-solver.
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