It’s an extremely popular product for many pet owners, so we thought it would be useful to provide you with a Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor Review.
The Whistle 3 in particular is designed for the average pet owner to keep track of their pet’s location and activity levels at home, in the yard or on the street.
But, is it worth it?
We look to answer that question by taking a look at the main features, pros and cons of the system. We also consider who it may and may not be for.
Let’s jump in and take a closer look!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor Review
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TL;DR – Is The Whistle 3 Worth It?
For most owners who want to track their pet’s location within the US, or monitor their activity levels within the last 24 hours, yes, it is worth it.
Most of the feedback on the Whistle 3 is positive, and it’s very popular. Whistle also seem to provide good customer service and are responsive to questions or issues you may have with using the system.
So, overall the positives outweigh the negatives.
The biggest pain points that some customers seem to have are
- paying for the compulsory AT&T plan for the device
- manual tracking not working consistently sometimes when a pet is outside of WiFi range. This could be an issue with AT&T reception in their area, or an issue with the software/app itself, but it not a common issue to all users
- the battery not lasting as long as some owners would like (but on average you’ll get 2 to 7 days depending on use)
What Is The Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor?
It is a GPS Tracking & Activity Monitor device that attaches to your dog’s collar or harness, and sends information to a compatible iOS or Android smartphone.
What Is the Whistle 3 Pet Tracker Designed & Used For?
There’s two main things the Whistle 3 is designed and used for:
- Track A Pet’s Location: Track your pet’s movements anywhere in the U.S. with continual address and location updates on a GPS map. This allows you to find them.
- Track A Pet’s Activity Levels: Track your pet’s activity levels of how much they have been moving and resting. This let’s you know if your pet needs more exercise, based on personalised recommendations for their age, weight and breed.
It’s also designed for pets 8lbs and over.
What Do You Get In The Whistle 3 Pet Tracker Box?
- Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor Device
- Collar attachment (fits collars up to 1” wide)
- USB charging cable
- Quick start guide/instructions
What Else Do You Need To Use The Whistle 3 Apart From What Comes In The Box?
- A collar or harness to attach the device to
- A compatible iOS or Android Phone
- A 3G service provided by AT&T – you will need to select a subscription plan when you activate the app. You can choose between a monthly, yearly or 2 year plan
- A WiFi network
How Does The Whistle 3 Pet Tracker Actually Work?
In general, the way the Whistle 3 Pet Tracker works is:
- You receive your Whistle 3 box
- You read the quick start guide
- You make sure the Whistle 3 device is charged
- You download the Whistle 3 app on your smartphone
- You activate your account in the app and choose an AT&T service to subscribe to
- You connect to a WiFi network
- You set one or several ‘safe places’ for your pet
- You put the attachment on your dog’s collar (the collar can be up to 1 inch wide)
- You twist the Whistle 3 device onto the attachment
- The device and your smartphone use local Wi-Fi when in range, and cell tower data when out of range to transfer data from the device to your phone. The device automatically tries to connect to the cell data network when your pet goes out of WiFi range
- You can view your pet’s location, and activity levels on the app
- You can monitor activity level goals, and see if your dog goes outside of their safe place/s
What Are The Main Features And Pros Of The Whistle 3 Pet Tracker?
- Track your pet’s location in the home, in the yard or on the streets. You can see their location anywhere in the U.S. with continual address and location updates on a GPS map
- Follow your pet’s location over the last 24 hours to see where they went and when. Whistle creates a trip each time your pet leaves and returns to one of their Places using Wi-Fi.
- Set custom ‘safe places’ where you want your dog to be
- Get text, email or app alerts if your dog moves out of their safe places
- Track your pet’s activity levels – how much they rest and move
- Set customised activity goals based on your pet’s age, weight and breed
- Get text, email or app alerts notifications on the progress of your pet’s activity goals
- As of march 2018, Whistle are offering a 90 day money back guarantee (you’ll need to confirm this at time of purchase, especially if going through a third party seller)
- Dimensions of the device are Width – 1.45″, Height – 1.82″, Thickness – 0.61″
- Weight of the device is 0.92 oz
- The device is waterproof rated IPX7
- Battery life of the device on average is anywhere between 2 to 7 days depending on how often the device is trying to connect to the cell network, the reception of the cell network in your area and how often you try to locate your pet.
- The device is pretty quick to charge with a USB cable in about 2 hours
- The device attachment can attach to collars or harnesses up to 1 inch wide
- The device twists in and out of the attachment easily
- The device is compatible with most of the latest Apple iOS and Android smartphones
- You will need to subscribe to a monthly, yearly or 2 year AT&T cell plan to use the device
- You will need to download the Whistle app to view device data – the app itself is free
- You can invite family, friends, and other caretakers to view your pet’s location and activity. Visit your pet’s profile to send them an invitation to the free Whistle app.
- You will need an active WiFi network to use the device
- The GPS technology uses two satellite systems (GPS and GLONASS)
- The GPS technology also leverages local Wi-Fi and cell tower data
- For WiFi, the system can connect to multiple Wi-Fi networks (home, office, etc.)
- For WiFi, the system uploads data via Wi-Fi when in range (extends battery life)
- For WiFi, the system enables power save mode when in range of a Wi-Fi safe place
- For WiFi, the system only supports 2.4 GHz networks
- For Bluetooth, the system uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
- Unlike Bluetooth-only trackers which have a range of 50 feet, Whistle 3 will locate your pet down the street or 3,000 miles away!
What Are Some Of The Cons And Drawbacks Of The Whistle 3 Pet Tracker?
- If you have no AT&T service, or inconsistent AT&T service in your area, you may experience troubles tracking the location of your pet outside of WiFi range
- The location tracking as of right now (March 2018) is not live tracking because the battery would drain too quickly
- The app doesn’t update as quickly as some owners would like – it auto syncs every 3 to 6 minutes. But you can manually press the track button every minute
- There is sometimes issues with the app displaying ‘having troubles tracking right now’ when some owners are trying to track their pet outside of WiFi range. If this happens to you, you’ll need to contact customer support to try to find a solution
- Whistle’s customer service is usually good, but as of right now, they aren’t 24 hours support
- You can only view your pet’s activity for the last 24 hours.
- You can only choose one pet to assign the tracker to. You need an additional Whistle 3 tracker and subscription for each additional pet.
- The AT&T subscription you get is for the Whistle 3 device, and not for your mobile phone. You mobile phone cell data plan is separate
- You may experience a shorter battery life if the WiFi range in your area is poor
- You may experience a shorter battery life if cell reception in your area is poor
- You may experience a shorter battery life if you are continually using the app to draw data from the tracker device
Overall, the device itself is good, but the software could be more reliable, more responsive and more improved in a few areas.
Who Might The Whistle 3 Pet Tracker Be For?
- People who want to track their dog’s location in WiFi or AT&T data range
- People who want to monitor their dog’s activity within the last 24 hours
- People with a compatible smartphone
- People with access to a WiFi network at home
- People who are OK with paying the AT&T subscription fee for the device
- People who want a location and activity tracker that can be monitored from their smartphone
- People who want notifications on their pet’s location and activity
Who Might The Whistle 3 Pet Tracker NOT Be For?
- People who have no or inconsistent AT&T reception in their area
- People who have poor WiFi network reception in their home
- People who don’t want to pay the AT&T device subscription fee
- People who have more than one pet and don’t want to pay for two devices
- People with incompatible smartphones, or without smartphones
- People who want live tracking data on their GPS tracking device
- People who want comprehensive long term activity data logs
Whistle 3 Pet Tracker Deals, Promo Codes And Discount Codes
Amazon and the Whistle website usually offer the best deals on the Whistle 3.
Whistle sometimes offer you a deal if you are upgrading from the Whistle to the Whistle 3. But, this is not guaranteed. You’ll need to contact them and ask about it.
Apart from this, you can sometimes find deals, promos and discounts through Google or on Amazon at certain times of the year, or within offer periods.
Make sure you confirm that any promo or discount code you get from a third party source or website is official by contacting Whistle.
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