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Navigation via GPS and Itunes Music

PhoneGuyCo

Nov 20, 2008, 9:28 AM
After reading your review, you described that the navigation on Google Maps showed you were way off, as in miles, from your true location. When I tried to use Google maps on another Verizon Blackberry, it did the same thing. From what I can tell, it is using the triangulation method, reading your location from the cell towers, and not the GPS. For some reason, the phone is blocking Google Maps from accessing the GPS. I don't know if this is so you will pay for the Navigator service, or if there is a way to tie the GPS unit to the Google Maps software. So this isn't a bug as far as I can tell from your review. It is actually working fine in terms of finding your location through triangulation. Now the trick is to figure out how to access the ...
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Knight108

Nov 20, 2008, 11:27 AM
Verizon blocks it so you have to pay for veriz navi one of the main reason i don't go with veriz is that they nickel and dime you on these simple and free applications. I have sprint and they get phones last for the most part or phones people just don't want but the pricing structure i feel is much better. You are correct though it is triangulating and unlike the movies is usually way off.
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willv

Nov 20, 2008, 7:26 PM
ok u have sprint, which might explain why you cant read. the gps is not locked down. come one. no wonder why sprint has so many problems
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coldsmoke

Nov 21, 2008, 4:57 PM
Look, I'm no expert on Verizon Wireless but when you go to buy one of these Blackberries, one of the "features" they try to sell you is "VZ Navigator" for $9.99/month and it was described as the data for the GPS service.
Don't believe me?... look it up on their website. Here's an excerpt: "With VZ Navigator you have all the features of an advanced navigation system right on your phone, Blackberry or Windows Mobile device. Get spoken turn-by-turn directions, maps, local point of interest search and more.
For your BlackBerry $9.99 Monthly Access"

That may explain why Knight108 was suggesting that it was locked down and why Verizon nickels and dimes its customers.

And what's up with getting all arrogant on him? So what if he uses...
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willv

Nov 22, 2008, 11:38 AM
i did go easy. this is not the frist, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th time someone has said the gps is locked down, thus it gets annoying.

as far as features, doesnt sprint and att sell nav? for $10/month? and give the option for telenav or something for free? same as the storm.

all i said was that he cant read, which isnt to "hard on him" (as in going easy). i didnt call names or anything. plus, if he is with sprint, and wont come to vzw, why worry about what the storm can or cant do?
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PhoneGuyCo

Nov 20, 2008, 11:32 PM
Thanks Knight. I thought that it was locked down as well. I'm sure there is a way to get around it, but I wasn't able to figure it out before. Maybe on this phone it won't be. So many applications out there now rely on GPS, and if I find the Storm by Verizon is locked down, then it won't be an option. Thanks again.
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smittycal

Nov 21, 2008, 9:25 AM
If you have a Rhapsody account it will find all the same songs that are on your I tunes account. The storm will be aprefereddevice with Rhapsody at launch and the song re downloads are apart of the subscription.

Thegpsshould be unlocked on the storm and is the1stvzwphone to do this. Its unlocked so that it will work overseas and in extended network areas forVerizon.
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