Tile has announced new versions of its Mate and Pro trackers which build upon the successes the company has seen with the previous generation, while fixing some of its complaints. These trackers no longer have to be disposed of once the battery is depleted, as Tile now offers battery replacements and each one is guaranteed to last for a full year. Additionally, both new trackers are louder than previous generations and have an increased Bluetooth range, with the Mate working at up to 150 feet and the Pro reaching up to 300 feet.
Alongside the new hardware, Tile is also introducing a new service to make the trackers even more useful. Tile Premium, the company's new subscription service, offers a couple key benefits with its $30 per year (or $3 per month) cost. First up is free battery replacements. Tile will automatically ship batteries ahead of the one-year mark for as many trackers as you have on your account, so you never need to go out and search for a battery to work with it. Additionally, Premium includes smart alerts to help keep a proactive approach to not misplacing things, unlimited sharing to allow your friends and family to view your device, and 30 days worth of location history.
Tile Premium also includes an extended warranty which covers your devices for three years instead of one, and premium customer care, so should you see an issue you can get it resolved quickly. Tile is offering a free one-month trial to all new Premium customers, and after that you can decide whether you'd like to pay annually or monthly.
If you don't absolutely need a replaceable battery, and have more than one device that you want to affordably track, you may want to consider picking up a four pack of the previous-gen Tile Mates for just $35, or two Tile Mate and two Tile Slim for $50. You may think that these are silly now, but the next time you're late leaving the house because you can't find your keys or wallet, just remember that you didn't opt to buy these right now.
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