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berrynice22
06-04-2007, 05:02 AM
Anyone see this review?

BlackBerry 8830 - Phone Reviews by Mobile Tech Review (http://www.mobiletechreview.com/phones/BlackBerry-8830.htm)

I've always been under the impression that Verizon crippled GPS in the 8830, but this reviewer seems to have it working:

"Like the BlackBerry Pearl and the 8800, the BlackBerry 8830 has a built-in full-function GPS (as opposed to 911 emergency GPS) and comes with maps of North America. You can access the maps and navigation functions by launching the Maps application. The GPS on the BlackBerry 8830 acquires a signal and get position fixes fast thanks to the aGPS servers. The accuracy was very good in our tests of the Dallas area."

So what's the story?

someonexh
06-04-2007, 06:37 AM
Anyone see this review?

BlackBerry 8830 - Phone Reviews by Mobile Tech Review (http://www.mobiletechreview.com/phones/BlackBerry-8830.htm)

I've always been under the impression that Verizon crippled GPS in the 8830, but this reviewer seems to have it working:

"Like the BlackBerry Pearl and the 8800, the BlackBerry 8830 has a built-in full-function GPS (as opposed to 911 emergency GPS) and comes with maps of North America. You can access the maps and navigation functions by launching the Maps application. The GPS on the BlackBerry 8830 acquires a signal and get position fixes fast thanks to the aGPS servers. The accuracy was very good in our tests of the Dallas area."

So what's the story?

I remember a similar review (might have been the same one) from before that listed that as well. Supposedly it was a typo.

razzmatrazz
06-04-2007, 02:17 PM
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cyprus
06-04-2007, 03:31 PM
Anyone see this review?

BlackBerry 8830 - Phone Reviews by Mobile Tech Review (http://www.mobiletechreview.com/phones/BlackBerry-8830.htm)

I've always been under the impression that Verizon crippled GPS in the 8830, but this reviewer seems to have it working:

"Like the BlackBerry Pearl and the 8800, the BlackBerry 8830 has a built-in full-function GPS (as opposed to 911 emergency GPS) and comes with maps of North America. You can access the maps and navigation functions by launching the Maps application. The GPS on the BlackBerry 8830 acquires a signal and get position fixes fast thanks to the aGPS servers. The accuracy was very good in our tests of the Dallas area."

So what's the story?


Read the section under Software:
Software

Like the BlackBerry Pearl and the 8800, the BlackBerry 8830 has a built-in true function GPS (as opposed to 911 emergency GPS) and comes with maps of North America, though Verizon has disabled the GPS in BlackBerry Maps. You can access the maps and navigation functions by launching the Maps application. The BlackBerry comes with North America maps (US and Canada) powered by Tele Atlas and it offers a large of number of POIs (Point of Interest). The navigation services provide turn-by-turn directions, though not as full-featured as the BlackBerry 8800 which can access the GPS and offers real time traffic, route planning preferences and 3D map views. We tested it with Google Maps for the 8830, and the application was able to access the GPS but was forever stuck at "updating location" (it did ask permission to access the GPS and warned us when the signal was too low, but still couldn't get a position once we went outdoors and got a signal).