Do I need a subscription and what plans are available?

In order to track your pet with Tractive, a subscription plan is required. Find out more about why a subscription is needed to provide the best GPS tracking experience:


Why do I need a subscription plan?

The Tractive GPS Tracker contains an integrated SIM card, which connects the tracker to the local cellular network in your area. Thanks to this active network connection, GPS location and other data about your pet can be sent to the Tractive servers and then straight to the Tractive GPS app in the palm of your hand - it works just like sending an SMS.

Similar to a cell phone, the SIM card generates mobile service fees. The subscription plan fee allows us to cover this cost and offer you a PREMIUM GPS tracking service that works over any range, in real-time, in over 180 countries worldwide.


Why does the Tractive GPS need a SIM card?

In short, if you want to send GPS location from one device to another in real-time (from your GPS tracker to your phone, for example), a SIM card is required so that the two can communicate with each other.

This is where the Tractive GPS differs from other GPS tracking devices, such as the satellite navigation systems found in your car. Such devices do not need a SIM card (nor a subscription plan) because the GPS location updates are not sent to another display system. The Tractive GPS, on the other hand, must be able to communicate with your phone so you can track your furry buddy wherever they may roam. Check out the Tractive blog for more information.

Real-time tracking: The inclusion of the SIM card also means you can track in real-time. The Tractive GPS features LIVE Tracking, which allows you to get location updates every 2-3 seconds, and know your cat or dog is safe and sound. All that is made possible by the tracker’s integrated SIM card.


Which plans are available?

Tractive offers several different subscription plan options, which are always listed at

On the BASIC subscription plan, you can pay monthlyyearly, or every two years.

On the PREMIUM subscription plan, you can pay yearlyevery two years, or every 5 years.


More about subscription plans:

  • PREMIUM plans allow you to access all key features, including tracking together with friends and family
  • The longer the subscription plan, the more money you save
  • Regardless of which plan you choose, you’ll make a one-off payment upfront, and relax knowing it will renew automatically

Can’t find the plan you were looking  for? Get in touch and we’ll help you get started.

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