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Old 11-30-2007, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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and is you dont have a data plan on the BB could you still see use bbmaps or other program maps
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There is no GPS on the 8100. And if you have no data plan, none of the mapping programs will work anyway.
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I take it you have the 8100 for T-Mobile. That phone doesn't have GPS built in.
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You can add a GPS puck but with mixed results.
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You can add a GPS puck but with mixed results.
Mixed results? Please explain.
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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0) BlackBerry8320/4.2.2 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/100)

Some people have a hard time getting them to work. Do a serach on GPS Puck for more info.
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You can add a GPS puck but with mixed results.
how do you add the GPS?
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how do you add the GPS?
Buy a Bluetooth GPS receiver and pair it with your Blackberry.
(Something like the GlobalSat BT-359)

There's several good ones out there. They run around $50-$100 depending on the model you get.
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the new google maps is pretty cool, not exactly gps, but it comes close, no hardware purchase necessary.
It utilizes the cell towers to triangulate your position, kinda neat.
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the new google maps is pretty cool, not exactly gps, but it comes close, no hardware purchase necessary.
It utilizes the cell towers to triangulate your position, kinda neat.

How does that work? Do you need to connect to a BES for that?
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How does that work? Do you need to connect to a BES for that?

No, you don't need BES. A regular BIS data plan will work fine.
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How does that work? Do you need to connect to a BES for that?

No, you don't need BES. A regular BIS data plan will work fine.

Interesting. How does it triangulate based on towers? What provides google with that info?
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Interesting. How does it triangulate based on towers? What provides google with that info?
Tower triangulation is pretty simple actually.
The BlackBerry device knows the towers around it. I has to know in order to function.
Google Maps uses the triangulation data to display an approximation of your location on a map.
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I've seen the new google maps be very close to my actual location and I've seen it be very far from my actual location using the triangulation.
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