I havent heard back from the verizon guy, but i dont think we're
going to need him.
I've been doing some googling/reading about the state of location
based services, and our ability to create one of our own, put it on a phone,
and use it. the corporate pigs have made it pretty much impossible
without laying out a lot of money(and getting approval from said
piggies), or spending a very long time doing things of questionable
legality. seeing as how this is a club project, neither of those seem
like really good options (at least to me).
I recently saw this article (http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-328198)
which details how MIT students built a space camera for $150. They
used a boost mobile phone which reported it's location via text
message (sweet! just what we need!)
this company (http://www.accutracking.com) provides just what we want,
xml dumps of locations, battery level and more, for a cool $7.99 a
boost mobile sells phoned for ~$50 dollars each(maybe less, i will
check best-buy tonight), and has a plan which for ~$1 per day which
will cover all of data we want.
I think - at least for now - this should work...im going to do more
reading on it but it definitely sounds promising.