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Re: is it possible to be tracked via gps by a 'regular' person?
Well, it's certainly possible, but you'd have to have enabled something or he'd have to have had access to the phone at some point.
So here's a couple things I would have your friend check:
1) Is Google Latitude Enabled? Go to Google Maps and click on Menu -> More and see if Latitude is set up to share the location (she would also still have to be friends with her ex, I think).
2) If he had access to the phone (or even her Google Account since if he knew that he could just install things to her phone from the PC), there are several apps available that could have been installed to track the phone from a PC. These can be hidden from the app drawer so they don't even show, and it doesn't take a lot of tech know-how to do this. Best way to find if this is the case is to go to the Market/Play store and see what apps you have (Menu -> My Apps). Or you can go into your applications (Menu -> Settings -> Applications) and see what you have. Look for apps you don't recognize, but a couple popular ones are SeekDroid and Cerberus.
I think Sprint also has some kindof family locator thing but you have to pay for it if I remember correctly, so unless she's doing that, it's probably not an issue.
Other than those two things, I doubt a layman could track the phone. In addtion to Latitude mentioned above, I'm sure there are a boat-load of other location-aware apps available, but again, she'd have to have installed them on purpose and most likely shared her location out to something he'd have access to.
Hope that helps.