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Searching for ways to monitor your teen's text messages or track employee cell phone usage?
There is a lot of spy phone software on the market today. In just a few short years, cell phone spyware can now be purchased for BlackBerry, iPhones, Nokia, Windows Mobile, and even the new Android cell phones.
Flexispy, Mobile Spy, & StealthGenie are the current market leaders used by thousands to monitor employees & teens, but which spy phone software should you buy?
Flexispy is popular, but is it the best? Mobile Spy is good, but why does it not get the press Flexispy does? StealthGenie is the new kid on the block, but are they the real deal? e-Stealth has stormed on the scene, but why do I not recommend it?
These questions and more are answered, including my recommendation on which spy phone software you should buy, and which spy apps you should stay away from.
18-May-2012: Mobile Spy Releases MAJOR UPDATE!!!! Mobile Spy has just released a huge update to their cell phone monitoring software. Now you can monitor WhatsApp Messenger, iMessage, YouTube, Facebook, BB PINs, Twitter, gTalk, AOL instant messenger, MSN, block apps, view apps on the phone, and more.
No other product on the market has more features than Mobile Spy does right now. Definitely check it out!
For more information click HERE.
20-April-2012: Tablet Monitoring Software NOW AVAILABLE! Mobile Spy has released the first monitoring software app made specifically for tablet devices such as the iPad, Galaxy Tab, etc.
For more information on this new product, check out this PeekTab review!
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Table of Contents
- KNOW WHAT YOU WANT? Have A Specific Phone In Mind?
- QUICK OVERVIEW -> What Is Spy Phone Software? How Does It Work?
- #1 PICK -> FLEXISPY REVIEW
- #2 PICK -> MOBILE SPY REVIEW
- #3 PICK -> STEALTH GENIE REVIEW
- NOT RECOMMENDED -> Ultimate Bluetooth Mobile Spy Software
- HELP! - Do I have spy software on my cell phone?
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KNOW WHAT YOU WANT? Have A Specific Phone In Mind?
If you want information on a specific phone type, check out the following spy phone software links:
Android spy app: Cell phone spyware for Android devices are available and work on all cell phones running the Android OS. Android spy apps have all the features you'd ever want such as remote call recording, spy call, read text messages, view videos, photos and more. Even the hot new DROID X is supported.
BlackBerry Spy Software: This is the best place on the web for information and news on BlackBerry spy software. Find out which is the best, how to spy on and/or track BlackBerry cell phones, or detect and remove BlackBerry spyware. Definitely worth a look. I'd also recommend reading this BlackBerry spy review for more detailed information on how BlackBerry spy software works.
iPhone spy app: Spy phone software for the Apple iPhone works on the 2G, 3G, & 3GS phones. Features include live call interception, remote monitoring, text message interception, viewing call logs, and stealth GPS tracking. By the way, for all you iPad lovers, there is even iPad spy software coming out soon. By the way, current iPhone spy apps are NOW compatible with iOS4. This is great news for anyone looking for an iPhone spy or an iPhone tracking app for the new iPhone 4.
Nokia Spy Software: Lots of spy phone software is available for Nokia cell phones. In fact, any cell phone running the Symbian OS. You can track Nokia cell phones, spy on them, and even listen to live calls.
QUICK OVERVIEW -> What Is Spy Phone Software? How Does It Work?
Or you worried about your children, and want to monitor their cell phone for evidence of sexual activity or drug abuse? Want an easy way to monitor your employee cell phone use?
Now you can, and it's a lot easier to do than you think. All it takes is for you to purchase spyphone software available from several online cell phone spy vendors.
**It's worth mentioning that another option is to buy a cell phone with mobile spy software pre-installed for you. These phones are usually referred to as "spyphones" and are sold by many online spy phone vendors. However, watch out for the cost. I've seen some of these spyphones selling for $500 - $1,500, and all you are getting is an old cell phone with spy phone software pre-installed.
What is spy phone software?
Used by parents who want to monitor the kids, or employers who want to monitor phone usage by their staff, spy phone software such as Flexispy, Mobile Spy, StealthGenie is software built for cell phones that you download into a mobile(cell) phone of the person you want to spy on. Once installed, the software then records all cell phone activity, giving you complete visibility of everything that occurs on the phone. Installation is done via the phone's web browser, and usually takes anywhere from 10 - 30 minutes, depending on the skill level of the person installing the software.
How does spy phone software work?
After installation, the spy phone software is completely hidden from the user and starts to collect all available data such as SMS Messages, ingoing/outgoing call history, GPS coordinates, photos, videos, GPRS usage, etc. and uploads the collected data to a remote server using 3G, GPRS, or WiFi.
You then simply access the webpage of the spyphone vendor, enter your account details, and then you have full access to all the data collected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless where you are in the world. You can read all text messages (both incoming and outgoing), know who they are calling or who is calling them, where they were when the call was received, view photos stored on the phone, and more. Once armed with this information, you can use a reverse cell phone look up service and find out the identify of the person calling or sending messages.
Here is an overview of the entire process:
IMPORTANT TIP! You MUST install the spy phone software on the cell phone you want to monitor. There is no way around this. No spy phone vendor on the market sells spy phone software with a remote installation feature. Don't trust any company that says they offer spy phone software that does not require physical access to the phone. It DOES NOT exist!
You should NOT attempt to monitor your spouse, significant other or adult children with any spy software product without the consent and knowledge of such persons. Doing so may violate local, state, and federal laws in your country and you could be subject to civil or criminal penalties.
#1 PICK -> FLEXISPY REVIEW
So how does a product that I rated one of the worst spy phone products for just about all of 2008 and part of 2009, become my #1 recommended cell phone spy phone product?
It all started with an email from the guys over at Flexispy asking if I'd be willing to try out their new improved versions of Flexispy.
In their email, they indicated they made several significant improvements in both spy phone features that are not available by any other spy phone vendor, but also in their customer service.
I was intrigued, so I took them up on their offer to test out their new software, and I was absolutely blown away by what they've been able to accomplish.
The features offered by their top line PRO-X version, is by far the most feature rich spy phone product available anywhere in the world. No other product comes close. No matter what you read or hear, Flexispy clearly is the leader right now, but there is one company close behind.
Here is an overview of their product line.
* Flexispy Pro-X: Top of the line spy phone. Features include the ability call monitoring, GPS tracker, read SMS messages, phone call history, email, & monitor WhatsApp. If you're looking for a BlackBerry keylogger to spy on BBM chats, Flexispy is one of the very few spy apps that offer this.
* Flexispy Pro: All features of the Pro-X version, EXCEPT call monitoring.
* Flexispy Light: SMS spy features, view call history, & email. (same features as Mobile Spy)
My favorite product is the Pro-X version. This bad boy has everything. Using Flexispy Pro-X, there is absolutely no way you CANNOT find out the truth.
Check out Flexispy Pro-X's complete list of features.
As you can see from the above screenshot, Flexispy Pro-X is loaded with features you WILL NOT find anywhere else.
Cell phones that Flexispy PRO-X support are BlackBerry (except BBs on CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint), iPhone Windows Mobile, & Symbian (Nokia & some Samsung & LG phones.)
The other significant improvement made by the Flexispy team, is in their customer support. They now are the ONLY spy phone company to offer 24 hour live support. They are definitely serious about making sure their customers are taken care of. Considering how complex spy phone software can get, I applaud Flexispy for being the first to offer this level of support.
If you look at the other spy phone vendors, not a single one offers customers this many options.
In addition to improvements in features and service, Flexispy now supports the most mobile phones than any other vendor. iPhone 2G, 3G, & the new 3GS, Symbian 8/9 (more than 50 models), Windows Mobile, & even BlackBerry.
In summary, Flexispy wins hands down as the ultimate spy phone product available today. In addition, they now have the BEST customer support offered by any spy phone vendor. I give Flexispy my highest recommendation.
- PRODUCT: Flexispy Software
- COST: USD $149.00 - $349.00
- SUPPORTED PHONES: BlackBerry, iPhone 2G, 3G/GS, Windows Mobile, Symbian 8/9 (Maemo coming soon).
(Check out this Flexispy Nokia spy software review for a more detailed analysis of what Flexispy is, and what it can do.)
To purchase Flexispy, go to www.flexispysoftware.com
#2 PICK -> MOBILE SPY REVIEW
18-May-2012: Mobile Spy Releases MAJOR UPDATE!!!! Mobile Spy has just released a huge update to their cell phone monitoring software. Now you can monitor WhatsApp Messenger, iMessage, YouTube, Facebook, BB PINs and more! For more information click HERE!
Although not as feature rich as Flexispy, Mobile Spy offers all the "must have" spy phone features, at extremely affordable prices. If you don't need all the bells and whistles offered by Flexispy, Mobile Spy is the product for you. For less than $50 bucks, you can get your hands on spy phone software that will enable you to track a cell phone, read incoming and outgoing text messages, and view the phone's call logs.
Another reason why I really like these guys, is because when you order an annual license ($99.97 USD), you get a FREE 1 yr license to their award winning PC Monitoring software called SniperSpy. Not only does Sniper Spy monitor all websites visited, chat sessions, etc. but it also allows you to get real time access to the users PC, so you can actually watch what they are doing in REAL TIME! Now you can monitor their mobile AND their PC! All for less than $100 bucks. There is simply not a better deal out there. You get two spy products for the price of one.
In regards to Mobile Spy as a company, they are the only US based spy phone company listed here, and were the first to sell spy software for both the iPhone and Android phones. Moreover, their software has gained major media attention from dozens of radio stations, magazines and web sites all over the world. Before selling spy phone software, they were already one of the big players in PC spy software, selling their award winning PC spy software called Sniper Spy.
As with most spy phone software, Mobile Spy software gives you the ability to monitor the various activities outlined below. Your logs are safely stored in your private Mobile Spy account (which was the spy phone industry's first SSL secured control panel) that is accessible from any internet connected device that has a web browser.
Activities Monitored by Mobile Spy
- Full historical GPS logs are stored.
- Links to Google Maps. Just click on a coordinate you want more info on, and you'll see where that is via Google Maps.
Text Message Monitoring
- Records every text message sent or received.
- Sender's Number
- Recipient's Number
- SMS Date / Time
- Message Text
- Logs all inbound and outbound phone calls.
- Number Dialed
- Number of Caller
- Call Date / Time
- Call Direction
Furthermore, where Mobile Spy really shines is their support and service.
Support - When I purchased Mobile Spy, I had a few problems with my GPRS settings. Every time I sent in a support request, not only did I receive a ticket number, but my support questions were correctly answered right away. In some cases, I received a reply within minutes. I'd say, 100% of the issues I raised were solved within 24 hours.
Service - One problem I have noticed when using spyphone software is the dependability of the vendor's website. Due to the large server loads that these programs place on the servers, you need to make sure the vendor has the capability and resources to ensure the servers stay online. In the last six months of using Mobile Spy, not a single time has the server been down.
IN SUMMARY, although not as feature rich as Flexispy, Mobile Spy has all the "must have" features you need to spy on a cell phone, is made by a dependable US based company, has great support, and provides a service which really does work as advertised.
- PRODUCT: Mobile Spy
- COST: USD $49.97 - $99.97.
- SUPPORTED PHONES: Android (Droid, Nexus One, etc.), BlackBerry, iPhone 2G 3G/GS, Windows Mobile & Symbian 8/9.
To purchase Mobile Spy, go to www.mobile-spy.net
For more information on Sniper Spy PC Spy, go to www.sniperspypc.com
#3 PICK -> STEALTH GENIE REVIEW
My #3 PICK is StealthGenie.
StealthGenie has quickly shot up in my spy phone rankings. They've essentially come out of nowhere to become one of the my favorite new companies specializing in cell phone monitoring and tracking. Although StealthGenie is the "new kid" on the block, based on what they've managed to release for both Android & BlackBerry, they have a VERY bright future ahead of them.
The best way to describe StealthGenie, is they are a mix between Flexispy & Mobile Spy. They have all the powerful spy phone features found in Flexispy (including a couple unique only to StealthGenie that make parental monitoring very easy), and their entry level pricing is less than $60 bucks, which is very similar to Mobile Spy.
In summary, what StealthGenie offers is a feature rich spy phone app, priced at a point where it won't break your bank account.
I would have actually rated them higher, possibly in the #2 position, but since their history is a bit limited, and they don't support as many different phone types as both Flexispy & Mobile Spy, I decided to rate them at #3. However, once they support the iPhone and possibly Symbian, and get a bit more history under their belts, they just might overtake the rankings and claim the top spot. So far, I'm very impressed with what I've seen.
Here is a list features found in StealthGenie's apps, that are NOT available by any other spy phone vendor.
1) Triggers & Alerts - This feature is one of the coolest features around. StealthGenie will notify YOU when a certain word is mentioned in a text message, or when the user sends (or receives) email from a specific email address, or when a call is made/received from a specific number. No more having to log into your online account and spend countless hours scanning hundreds of logs looking for a specific number, or words in a text message. If anyone has used monitoring software before, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. If you're buying monitoring software to keep tabs on your kids, this feature alone will most likely influence your decision the most, because you can enter specific words your looking out for such as "skip school" or "party tonight" or "alcohol" "drugs" etc.. an StealthGenie will alert YOU when one of these words is triggered.
2) Customized Interval Reporting - This feature enables you to change the reporting times on the fly. Other apps have will report data collected on the phone in intervals ranging from 15-30 minutes. However, with StealthGenie, you can remotely control how often you want the logs to be reports. This is HUGE if you're tracking your child, or want to follow a live SMS chat they are having. Imagine if you're urgently trying to locate your child, and you had to wait for an update every 15-30 min? Not with StealthGenie. You're able to set your own interval time, which is just something NOT available by the other guys.
Another plus is by being able to adjust the reporting, you can preserve the phone's battery life by slowing down the reporting.
Additional features include the following:
View call logs
View call history
View SMS Messages
View browser history
SIM Change notification
Backup & delete info by SMS
Listen to voice recordings
Real-time location tracking
Tracking without GPS
Location thru SMS
Alerts* on incoming / outgoing Calls to specific numbers
Alerts* on incoming / outgoing SMS to specific numbers
Receive SMS/Email alerts for specific words in SMS
Alerts* on sent and received emails for specific email(s)
Receive SMS/Email Alerts for specific words in email
It's hard to argue against buying StealthGenie when you compare it against both Flexispy & Mobile Spy. It offers the most features, at the lowest price. The only situations where I can see choosing the others over StealthGenie are:
1) You need live call monitoring. If you need to listen in on live calls, Flexispy's PRO-X is your only option. Priced at $349 USD, it's not cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for.
2) You need both PC & mobile monitoring. If you need to monitor both a cell phone & PC, PLUS you are on a limited budget, then Mobile Spy might be a good choice to consider. For less than $100 bucks, you get a fantastic monitoring app with the most important features, and you also get one of the best PC spy software products on the market. This is a great "one-two" punch that some people might feel is just too good to pass up.
3) Worried about stability. As with any new product, there is bound to be some "issues" once a large number of users get their hands on it. It happens to the biggest companies in the world such as Apple or Microsoft, to the small start ups whose mere existence might be riding on a single release. Until you start getting real people subjecting the software to thousands and thousands of various real world scenarios, it's hard to tell what might be uncovered. This is where companies such as Flexispy have a slight edge on StealthGenie (and even Mobile Spy), because they've had more time to flush out (and fix) any bugs users found with their software.
Ultimately its up to you on which monitoring app to purchase. Some people will feel more comfortable going with Flexispy (even at a higher price) because they know Flexispy is the market leader in the spy phone industry and the only one of the three with 24 hour live customer support, whereas others are willing to overlook this and go with a newer product such as StealthGenie in order to get a monitoring & tracking that has a lot more features, at a much lower price. Others may be on a budget, and like how Mobile Spy offers both a solid & dependable monitoring app PLUS one of the best PC spy products on the market, bundled together for less than $100 bucks.
IN SUMMARY, StealthGenie is very close to taking over the crown as the best spy phone software money can buy. They offer great features (plus a few that are not found anywhere else), at a low price. The only "risk" I see at the moment is that they are fairly new to the industry, so they've not yet had a chance to subject their software to thousands of users as both Flexispy and Mobile Spy have. However, it's only a matter of time before they do, so both Flexispy and Mobile Spy better keep their eyes on these guys.
- PRODUCT: StealthGenie
- COST: USD $59.99 - $199.99
- SUPPORTED PHONES: Android & BlackBerry. Other platforms coming soon.
For more information, please visit www.stealth-genie.com
NOT RECOMMENDED -> Ultimate Bluetooth Mobile Spy Software
The reason why I'm including Ultimate Bluetooth Mobile Spy Software sold by several companies online, is due to the large number of emails I receive asking what I think of e-Stealth.
e-Stealth has been very active online promoting their Bluetooth Mobile Spy Software. No matter what spy related keyword you enter into a search engine, there always seems to be an e-Stealth ad.
Does it work? Yes. Should you buy it? No.
The reason why I don't recommend you purchase e-Stealth's Ultimate Bluetooth Mobile Spy Software, is due to their ridiculous refund policy. Although they claim their software works as advertised, there could be situations where the software either does not work, or the person who purchased the software finds out their phone (or the target phone) is not compatible.
Here is a snippet from e-Stealth's refund policy:
WHEN YOU COMPLETE YOUR PURCHASE, YOU, THE BUYER, ARE CLAIMING THAT YOU HAVE READ, ACCEPTED, AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT. WHICH INCLUDES A ZERO REFUND POLICY. THAT MEANS THAT NO REFUNDS ARE OFFERED.
YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT IS A MATERIAL PART OF THE TOTAL CONSIDERATION REQUIRED TO PURCHASE OUR PRODUCTS.
It gets even better. Read the details of their refund & chargeback policy below.
** IMPORTANT ** PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING **
Buyer agrees that if he uses trickery to receive more than one refund, or if he causes a fraudulent dispute claim that results in a chargeback against the Seller's account, that the Seller is authorized to re-charge the Buyer's credit card that was used for the original purchase to the extent that will make the Seller whole. Buyer agrees to, in addition to actual damages, pay to the Seller liquidated damages of an amount equivalent to US$10,000 for every separate fraudulent action Buyer commits.
Now let me ask you a question....
Regardless of how good their product is, do you really want to do business with a company that refuses to refund your money for ANY reason and makes you agree not to file a chargeback (fraudulent chargeback as they say), otherwise you are liable for USD $10,000 in damages.
With all the spy phone vendors online today, including many with 5-7 day 100% refund policies, why would you want to purchase from a company such as e-Stealth that has such a strict refund policy?
Spy Phone Software Not Your Style? Check This Out....
A SIM Card Reader is a cool little device that enables you to recover & retrieve deleted text messages and call logs from almost every type of SIM cards & Smart card.
To use a SIM Card Reader, all you do is insert the target phone's SIM card into the device, then plug the device into any USB port on your computer, and then you'll have access to recently deleted text messages and call logs.
Here is an overview of how to use it.
Keep in mind, this is not as powerful as spy cell phone software. It does not offer continued access to text messages, call logs, and GPS tracking via an online control panel. Nor does it offer call interception and remote monitoring, but it's definitely better than nothing if you don't want to go through the steps to install spy phone software.
My recommendation is that spy phone software should be your first choice, then perhaps this product as your back up if you run into problems installing spy phone software. They both are similarly priced, so you do get better value for the money with spy phone software, but it's all about personal preference. Some people are more comfortable using a product like this, versus trying to figure out how to install software on the target cell phone.
For more details or to purchase a SIM Card Reader, go to:
Cell Phone Spy Elite
#1 SIM Recovery Tool Trusted By Private Investigators
For Deep Forensic Analysis Of SIM Cards and Smart Cards
IMPORTANT: If you do decide to purchase their SIM Card reader, make sure you read their list of phones and networks that are not compatible. They do a good job listing all phone makes and models, including which networks might cause problems. It's worth reading before dropping any of your hard earned money.
HELP! - Do I have spy software on my cell phone?
If you're worried about phone spyware might be on your cell, here is a quick top 5 list of things to look for.
- Your partner has recently asked to borrow your phone to "install some cool software" or download a ringtone. (Mobile Spy, MobiStealth, & Flexispy all require someone to physically install the software)
- You notice an unusual increase in GPRS activity. (remember, most of these apps such as Flexispy use GPRS to transfer the data logs)
- Your SMS bill has recently increased and you dont remember sending so many messages. (Apps such as Neo Call use SMS forwarding)
- You notice the GPRS and/or the internet connection icon activate for no reason several times a day.
- Your phone 'lights up' for no reason but doesnt ring. (Some spy phone apps that offer remote monitoring cannot stop the phone from lighting up/flash when someone calls your phone to monitor you.)
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