With the upgrade to the Tile Mate and, Tile improves its smart tracking tags by making the batteries replaceable — a — increasing the Bluetooth range, bumping up the volume and adding a new Tile Premium subscription that provides extra services.
compete in a crowded field — the latest includes — but because they’re limited to Bluetooth, with its lesser range, they’re cheaper than those that offer LTE and GPS at $25 for the Mate and $35 for the Pro. Tile Premium costs $30 a year or $3 a month. At the moment, it only supports iOS apps; Android is “coming soon.”
Most of the additional capabilities come via the subscription plan, including free battery replacements, the ability to manage a single Tile from multiple accounts, a 30-day location history for retracing your steps, and extended three-year warranty and text access to customer service.
But the new devices also bump up the system’s Bluetooth ranges to 150 feet/45.7 meters for the Time Mate and 300 ft/91.4m for the Tile Pro. (The limit for Bluetooth 4.x LE is 328 ft/100m.) And they still offer the perk of being able to make your phone chirp remotely, even if the sound’s off and the ability to crowdsource the location of a missing item out of range with other users.