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#7169840 - 05/14/18 05:06 PM Cellular Cameras
crozierk Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 05/23/16
Posts: 104
Loc: Aubrey, TX
Hey y'all, we are looking at adding some cameras that will text/email photos. I've been doing some research, and it seems like every cellular camera out there has a bad review for every good review. I really liked the concept of the cuddeback cuddelink system, but it also kind of defeats the purpose of us getting a new set of wireless cameras because we still have to drive down to check the one camera. Ive found some info about a cuddelink "cell cap" but haven't been able to find one for sale... Anybody have some really solid recommendations of any particular brand? Price isn't a huge issue, but wouldnt mind finding a pretty good value. Not looking for crystal clear photos, just something that will take more pics than it misses and will send them somewhere that we can view them remotely, reliably.

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#7169858 - 05/14/18 05:24 PM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
Texas buckeye Online   content
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Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3942
Loc: Keller
Cudde will be releasing the cell cap later this summer, so none are available at this time.

I have covert and they have been good. I have them set up on 12V batteries with a solar charger and I get a lot longer battery life this way, otherwise I would be going thru batteries like crazy. Have two separate cell services as I have different model years. First one is not available anymore as it has a sim card and simple unlimited text plan I added to my ATT family plan. 10 bucks a month.
My other covert requires a ATT data plan I can pay for monthly or per data block. I end up buying 2GB data for 90 days at 25 dollars, so around 8 bucks a month. I never run out of data on that despite getting sometimes hundreds of texts a day from that camera.

This year I picked up a spy point evo link camera, and it works well. Has several plans you choose from through spy point, and it around 10/month for the unlimited but you can go cheaper for less pictures.

All of them eat batteries. All of them do a decent job getting pics to my phone. I am just looking for general details on the pics not small details so the thumbnail pics I get on the phone are great. Really helps when I want to see if something is there, but it isn't 100% reliable for that as I have seen lots of animals around the feeders the camera doesn't pick up, as with any trail cam.

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#7169868 - 05/14/18 05:33 PM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: Texas buckeye]
crozierk Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 05/23/16
Posts: 104
Loc: Aubrey, TX
Thanks Buckeye. May be worth going with the cudde's and waiting for the cell cap. I saw on their website estimated price of the cell cap is 300 bucks. If I can use cuddelink to set up the chain of cameras and then just throw a cell cap on the home box, that may be something to look into. Thanks for the info on the coverts and spy point, will dig into those a little more!

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#7169880 - 05/14/18 05:46 PM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
spg Online   content
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Registered: 08/11/13
Posts: 1615
Covert black Ops $375 + 15 per month for cellular.........I have four and haven't had issues except battery life if you put them where there is minimal cellular signal it will eat the batteries, make sure you have decent signal where ever you set up.

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#7169982 - 05/14/18 07:36 PM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
Texas Dan Offline
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Registered: 07/28/08
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I've noticed prices have now dropped below $300 and expect them to drop more as time passes.
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#7169984 - 05/14/18 07:37 PM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
Txduckman Online   content
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 13395
Loc: Big D
We use a few Bushnell Aggressors. Solar panel plugs into it and batteries last over 6 months if you use lithiums. $10 A month per cam on AT&T. Our regular Cuddebacks never lasted long.

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#7170054 - 05/14/18 08:36 PM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
CharlieCTx Offline
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Registered: 05/27/13
Posts: 1757
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
I've given up on Covert and their battery eating cameras, with solar chargers, showing 9 on the level and still die. I'm holding my breath for the new Cudde product.
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#7171423 - 05/16/18 11:46 AM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
Gunnyart Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/05/13
Posts: 264
Loc: Mansfield, TX
Been very happy with Snyper Commander cameras.
I get sketchy cell coverage with the phone but the camera works well anyway.
As stated battery life can be an issue so if possible run rechargeables and a solar panel.
Value priced too.
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#7171433 - 05/16/18 11:58 AM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
Deer Cruzin Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 03/10/17
Posts: 19
Loc: LA, St Tammany
our club uses the Moultrie system with $10@ month plan, have 4 Cams running with solar panels year round use with no issues.

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#7171460 - 05/16/18 12:24 PM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
Txduckman Online   content
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 13395
Loc: Big D
They make hog hunting fun when the text alert goes off at camp while sitting around the fire!

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#7171515 - 05/16/18 01:21 PM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
gunslinger922 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/07
Posts: 520
Loc: Rockwall Tx
Love my Bushnell Aggressor and customer service ( the one time if needed it) was great.

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#7171558 - 05/16/18 02:13 PM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
Reata Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/23/08
Posts: 88
Bushnell has worked well for me.

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#7171725 - 05/16/18 06:44 PM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
rexmitchell Online   content
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Registered: 02/11/13
Posts: 2513
I've got three coverts and have been happy with them. The issues I've had were resolved quickly and their customer support is top notch. Wouldn't hesitate to buy more.

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#7171796 - 05/16/18 07:53 PM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
spg Online   content
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Registered: 08/11/13
Posts: 1615
Main thing to consider is cellular reception and which provider has the best coverage in the area you want to set up the camera. ASP Lithium batteries will last the longest.

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#7173688 - 05/18/18 07:42 PM Re: Cellular Cameras [Re: crozierk]
Daddybigbuck Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 01/18/07
Posts: 214
Loc: Haslet / Knox Co.
I have the Spartan NoGlow on Verizon and love it. Very reliable sending pics.

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