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Old 02-14-2008, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Use GPS on Verizon Pearl 8130 with other applications!

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Unfortunately, this method still requires a subscription to VZ Navigator...

It's common knowledge that Verizon locks the Pearl's GPS for use with only VZ Navigator. However, I recently discovered that it's possible to use a few other GPS enabled applications on the Pearl!

After a couple of months reading various forums, I only recently saw this mentioned, so I thought I'd share the case there are others that don't know.

Simply start VZ Navigator, choose "Maps", then choose the "Follow Me Map". Next, leave VZ Navigator running and switch back to the Pearl's home screen by using Alt Escape on the keypad. At this point you can run other GPS enabled applications, and they will (might) see and use the GPS!

I've only tried this with a few applications. It doesn't seem to work with BlackBerry Maps, but it definitely works with Microsoft Live Search, and Nav4All. I'll be trying a few others as time permits.

Interesting that VZ Navigator is truly the "key" that unlocks the GPS. Maybe this will bring someone a step closer to coding a permanent GPS unlock for the Pearl...
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