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cg59
12-12-2007, 03:58 PM
This issue has become too all-consuming, i am a bit obsessed at this point.
1. Is the internal GPS on 8703e (Bell Mobility) hardware or Software?
2. If Hardware- could it have been disabled by Bell Mobility?
3. If software-can I get new software from somewhere else to allow it to work?
4, Should I stop being an a**hole and spend $150 USD to buy an external GPS even though I thought this unit has an internal GPS with LBS?:smile:

Perfect Storm
12-12-2007, 04:12 PM
1. Hardware and software
2. A friend tells me that Aliant was blocking its access on the network. They have begun allowing internal GPS to be used on newer models. I suspect that upgrading to 4.2.1 may enable it, but I don't know.
3. See above
4. Probably :razz: $150 should buy you one VERY nice GPS puck

Dawg
12-12-2007, 04:24 PM
you can buy a nice keychain gps for 90 bucks

cg59
12-12-2007, 06:14 PM
Thanks. I am running 4.2.2.10 but I wonder if that is specific to Bell and therefor they have disabled some how. Here is an excerpt from the "Device file" found in "AppLoader" <!-- 8703e
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<os radio="CDMA" series="8700" Colour="True" Theme="Normal" JVMLevel="1.0" Memory="Large" KeyboardType="Qwerty" VoiceNotes="True" MMS="True" SystemSize="normal" Sound="Tunes7130c" Bluetooth="True" JPN_Input="False">0x04000B04</os>
Here is the file for another unit that I guess is GPS enabled <!-- 8800
-->
<os radio="GPRS" series="8800" Colour="True" Theme="Normal" JVMLevel="1.0" VoiceNotes="True" pttApp="True" Memory="Large" KeyboardType="Qwerty" Sound="Tunes8700g" SystemSize="normal" Bluetooth="True" MMS="True" GPS="True" ThemeSupport="Enhanced" VAD="True" JPN_Input="False">0x84000E03</os>

As you can see the 8800 has GPS ="True" whereas my 8703e has no mention of GPS.
I wonder if I added that statement to the 8703e line in the code if it would change anything?
Maybe it would SNAFU everything. I am a chicken to try as I dont know much about programming.

1. Hardware and software
2. A friend tells me that Aliant was blocking its access on the network. They have begun allowing internal GPS to be used on newer models. I suspect that upgrading to 4.2.1 may enable it, but I don't know.
3. See above
4. Probably :razz: $150 should buy you one VERY nice GPS puck

cg59
12-12-2007, 06:36 PM
you can buy a nice keychain gps for 90 bucks
Thank you for the advice
what is keychain? and how does it work? where can I look at it?

Dawg
12-12-2007, 06:52 PM
Thank you for the advice
what is keychain? and how does it work? where can I look at it?

http://www.blackberryforums.com/bbf-reviews/108249-review-freedom-input-keychain-gps-2000-bluetooth-receiver.html

cg59
12-12-2007, 07:04 PM
thank you again! Looks great. I am just waiting to be sure that there is no way to make my internal GPS for 8703e work!

Dawg
12-12-2007, 07:06 PM
thank you again! Looks great. I am just waiting to be sure that there is no way to make my internal GPS for 8703e work!

trust me there isnt its been tried every which way

cg59
12-12-2007, 07:08 PM
OK. I am having a hard time to let this one go! :)
I guess I'll just spring for the keychain. John seems to think the world of it by his review.