Originally Posted by uviuar
There is absolutely zero cost expense to verizon when they acquire a prebuilt cell-phone from RIM's warehouse that has a gps built inside that verizon needs to recover.
Verizon is providing the wireless network that your device is attached to, which is needed to download the maps for the navigation software
As explained earlier, which you conveniently overlooked, the GPS receiver in the device is already capable of receiving the GPS coordinates from the satellites. You still need a data network to do anything useful with the location data from the GPS.
The maps themselves don't get sent to the device from the GPS satellites... they come over Verizon's data network.
This is different than a standalone Garmin or Tom Tom, where the maps are stored locally on the actual device, and do not need a data network to download them on the fly.
Please, let it go. You don't know what you're talking about.