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#6506960 - 10/22/16 06:52 PM Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards
WestTexasGolfer Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/11/12
Posts: 66
What is the preferred cellular game camera on this site and if someone can tell me what is the monthly sim card fee for the provider you use? We are thinking about buying some of these but don't even know where to start on this.

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#6506972 - 10/22/16 07:06 PM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
Monster_Raxx Offline
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Registered: 03/25/13
Posts: 290
I got two extra camera with my wireless hog trap. I pay $25 month. Prepaid SIM card unlimited text messages. You don't need data. And I don't know about other cameras but I have to set it for 2 minutes in between pics because it has to take the pic and process it and then send it. Depending on cell signal that might take a minute. Otherwise you won't get any pics. U learned that after 2 months of very few pics. I've had mine for a few years now. Got them from Jager pro with the trap

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#6507066 - 10/22/16 08:32 PM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: Monster_Raxx]
WestTexasGolfer Offline
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Registered: 10/11/12
Posts: 66
Originally Posted By: Monster_Raxx
I got two extra camera with my wireless hog trap. I pay $25 month. Prepaid SIM card unlimited text messages. You don't need data. And I don't know about other cameras but I have to set it for 2 minutes in between pics because it has to take the pic and process it and then send it. Depending on cell signal that might take a minute. Otherwise you won't get any pics. U learned that after 2 months of very few pics. I've had mine for a few years now. Got them from Jager pro with the trap


What type of cameras do you have and who do you have the sim cards through?

Thanks,

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#6507299 - 10/23/16 08:13 AM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 7662
Loc: Gonzales, Texas
I have the Covert brand right now and I have one of the Moultrie modem to attach to one of the Moultrie cams, on order right now. The cost for one of each of the Moultrie is about the same as the Covert but could be cheaper if you use only one modem and just move it from camera to camera. Personally I like the idea of using all cellular so for me the cost difference is almost null point. It would be about the same price for Moultrie's best camera and a modem as a Code Black cellular from Covert. I have not had any problems with the cellular from Covert. The images it sends me are compressed and my cameras are usually about 15-20 yards from my feeders so images come out pixelated. The camera takes a 12mb picture, compresses it down to less than 400k to send by email or to text. I recieve the pictures in less than two minutes and often right at one minute from the time the picture is taken. Pretty nice when your walking up to your stand in the monring to know what is there and whats going on almost in real time. If I retrieve the card I can get a better image. You can also look into the Spartan cameras. I haven't seen much difference in a buddies pics and the ones he gets from his Covert as well.

On the Covert, they supply the sim card. It cost me $25 for 3 months ATT 1 GB data per camera and I have two of them. I have not tried their new one with the App where your supposed to be able to download more pics and video and better quality, but I'm pretty happy with the Code Black that I have right now and for the cost difference to go up, I don't see a reason enough for me to change or upgrade.
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#6507508 - 10/23/16 11:49 AM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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I'm trying to get one up and working but having trouble getting a strong enough signal. Most of them are AT&T, so highly suggest you check and see if you can get consistent strong 3 bars of AT&T in the area you intend to install.
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#6507513 - 10/23/16 11:53 AM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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East had a really good set up at one time, I have almost 100% stopped using cameras...But still hanging on and attempting a few..
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#6507540 - 10/23/16 12:26 PM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
shea.mcphail Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 220
Loc: Mesquite/Canton
I've been wondering how to set up a camera that will email/text photos to me. What exactly do you have to do and buy?

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#6507553 - 10/23/16 12:43 PM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: dkershen]
Curtis Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 7662
Loc: Gonzales, Texas
Originally Posted By: dkershen
I'm trying to get one up and working but having trouble getting a strong enough signal. Most of them are AT&T, so highly suggest you check and see if you can get consistent strong 3 bars of AT&T in the area you intend to install.


Yes. The Moultrie is Verizon I think and Covert had ATT and Verizon.
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#6508280 - 10/23/16 10:25 PM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
TxAggie10 Offline
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Registered: 09/13/09
Posts: 940
Loc: Weatherford, TX
I returned a SkyPoint camera today after using it in the field for a week. Although SkyPoint claims 11 megapixel, celluarly transmitted photos are compressed too much in my opinion. Below are side by side comparisons. Note the transmitted photo is compared to a photo I took of my computer screen with my iPhone.

The SkyPoint camera seemed to have an issue with humidity between the lens and the case. Several photos did not turn out at all. I've used a $60 Bushnell on the same tree for years without issues. That $60 Bushnell was made in 2013 and image quality was better on the Bushnell than SkyPoint's claimed 11 megapixel from the SD card.

I'm ordering a Spartan camera tomorrow. Will update with results.

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#6508344 - 10/24/16 12:22 AM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
Txduckman Online   content
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 11719
Loc: Big D
We use this one. $350 for the Bushnell, $90 for solar panel and $10 a month for 1,500 pics. Can't have it going off all the time unless you want to pay more. We get 2 to 3 bars.

https://wirelesstrophycam.com

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#6509141 - 10/24/16 01:08 PM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
bornforit Online   content
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/11/06
Posts: 268
Loc: Longview, Tx
http://www.hcooutdoors.com/

The Verizon one connects to your cell plan for $5 a month. I'd say that has to be the cheapest. I have been running it for a couple months. Still on the first set of batteries with 1,200 pictures taken. Takes good pictures also, with good range.

I have a covert as well. It eats batteries so fast I had to build an external battery box with a solar panel. Pictures are decent on it. Doesn't seem to have the same range as the HCO GoCam. Also on the Covert something on their system has a bug I was getting half a picture and half static. I asked customer service about it. They told me I had to lower the megapixels from 12.0 to 5.0 for it to work properly.

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#6509299 - 10/24/16 02:35 PM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
DocHorton Online   content
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Registered: 12/06/10
Posts: 3431
Loc: DFW
I have the Stealthcam GXW's and they work awesome. Iphone app controls the cameras remotely and I can change every setting from my phone. $10 per month per camera through ATT for unlimited pics. The batteries last about 3 months or 3000-4000 pictures. I bought some extra batteries and just recharge them at the house and switch them out when I go to my property.

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#6509328 - 10/24/16 02:52 PM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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Registered: 12/29/14
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Loc: Conroe, TX
Sounds like more trouble than it's worth. I've thought long and hard about it, but with only two bars of signal at my spot it'd probably be a costly mistake.
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#6509334 - 10/24/16 02:53 PM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: dkershen]
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Originally Posted By: dkershen
I'm trying to get one up and working but having trouble getting a strong enough signal. Most of them are AT&T, so highly suggest you check and see if you can get consistent strong 3 bars of AT&T in the area you intend to install.


How many bars are you getting with a cell phone?

Have you tried a signal booster for the camera?
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#6509382 - 10/24/16 03:15 PM Re: Cellular Game Cameras & Sim Cards [Re: SniperRAB]
East Online   content
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Registered: 12/01/09
Posts: 21080
Loc: East Texas
Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
East had a really good set up at one time, I have almost 100% stopped using cameras...But still hanging on and attempting a few..


I still have it running, 3-4 yrs old I would think

Its a discontinued HCO Outdoors and still works great, actually reminded me earlier the batteries were getting low and need to go change them tonight.
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