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RIM Adds Non-GPS Location Feature to BlackBerries

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Jul 19, 2010, 11:36 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Research In Motion today introduced a new capability to its Locate Service for the BlackBerry Application Platform. BlackBerries will now be able to glean location data from cell tower triangulation rather than GPS satellites. RIM says that despite the less-accurate nature of cell towner triangulation, the cell tower location data is still good enough to point to nearby areas, locations or points of interest. The new feature means that BlackBerry users will still have access to location data even when not able to connect to a GPS satellite. RIM notes that the geolocation service will allow developers to create location-based services that run even when GPS isn't present. It will integrate with BlackBerry Maps Service, and will add new features over time. The new geolocation requires devices running BlackBerry OS 5.0 and up.

source: Research In Motion



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Jul 20, 2010, 12:19 AM

Not so good if there is only one site around.

There are plenty of areas here in the rural west where you will only see one site at a time, it sounds like this feature would be useless in areas like that.

Jul 19, 2010, 9:13 PM

Does This Mean

You can now get turn-by-turn directions without "Big Brother" knowing about it? 👀

Jul 19, 2010, 12:44 PM

So I guess Nextel users can keep dreaming....


when will 5.0 be available for 8350i...

It was one of the 1st Curves on the list to say it was going to be available... almost a year later... and nothing....

Jul 19, 2010, 11:50 AM


Cool feature - yet another reason why I love Blackberries!
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