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GPS Questions


Nov 23, 2006, 11:38 AM
Hey Drift-ers,

I have a few questions before I buy. Thanks in advance!

1) Is the accuracy of the GPS comparable to that of a stand-alone GPS device? How is quality affected in the city or inside a building? Could I pinpoint where on a city block I was?

2) Can you see your raw latitude and longitude?

3) Now this is a long shot: does anyone know how the you could expose your GPS coordinates to a third-party website or application on the phone? Could anyone write a program like Google did and put it on the phone?


Nov 23, 2006, 12:03 PM
I called Helio's customer service before I bought my Drift and asked them similar questions. Because I wasn't a customer yet, they wouldn't transfer me to tech support to answer my nerdier questions.

My first question was whether you could use the Drift as a Bluetooth modem and the guy pretty much said absolutely not, don't even think about it. Because all of their plans feature unlimited data, they obviously don't want to open it up to being used that often.

I asked them about other apps/hardware being able to access the GPS and they said "not right now". And yes, I called back two more times just to get another person and got the same answers.

I've explored every crevice of the software and, without a hack, there's no way to get t...

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