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Old 12-12-2007, 03:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, about to take the dive into blackberry country but I want to make sure I can do what I want to do with it.

Can I use the Blackberry AIM with a Verizon phone or would I need to get Jivetalk?

Also, the Verizon rep told me that if I didn't pay for VZ Navigator that I wouldn't be able to use the GPS that is built into the phone. From what I understand, google maps will use a phones built in GPS if it has one. Will I need to pay for their service?

Thanks in advance, just found your site about an hour ago and have been absorbing everything I can.
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OK, about to take the dive into blackberry country but I want to make sure I can do what I want to do with it.

Can I use the Blackberry AIM with a Verizon phone or would I need to get Jivetalk?

Also, the Verizon rep told me that if I didn't pay for VZ Navigator that I wouldn't be able to use the GPS that is built into the phone. From what I understand, google maps will use a phones built in GPS if it has one. Will I need to pay for their service?

Thanks in advance, just found your site about an hour ago and have been absorbing everything I can.
At this time Blackberry AIM is not available for Verizon. May change someday, but who knows?

Google Maps will not use your phone's GPS on Verizon, it uses the cell tower that your phone is communicating with to determine your approximate location. I found it's pretty good (good enough for me!) but not a replacement for true GPS if you require a high level of accuracy.
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At this time Blackberry AIM is not available for Verizon. May change someday, but who knows?

Google Maps will not use your phone's GPS on Verizon, it uses the cell tower that your phone is communicating with to determine your approximate location. I found it's pretty good (good enough for me!) but not a replacement for true GPS if you require a high level of accuracy.
Ah cool, Im pretty sure the approximate will work for me, I generally know where I am, but get mixed up on where I need to turn.

If I punch in an address into the phone I can back track or zoom out and refocus from there to sayyy a freeway right?
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Ah cool, Im pretty sure the approximate will work for me, I generally know where I am, but get mixed up on where I need to turn.

If I punch in an address into the phone I can back track or zoom out and refocus from there to sayyy a freeway right?
Not exactly sure what you're asking but I'll take a stab at it. When you're using My Location (what Google Maps calls your approx loc.) you can chose to get directions from there to any address you enter. It will then give you turn by turn directions from your approx loc. It routes it out like the web version and you can go forward or backwards on the route using button presses and zoom in and out to see more or less detail. You can also pan around on the map and you can jump to your location at anytime by pressing 0. Also see a satellite view too....

Does that answer your question?
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Not exactly sure what you're asking but I'll take a stab at it. When you're using My Location (what Google Maps calls your approx loc.) you can chose to get directions from there to any address you enter. It will then give you turn by turn directions from your approx loc. It routes it out like the web version and you can go forward or backwards on the route using button presses and zoom in and out to see more or less detail. You can also pan around on the map and you can jump to your location at anytime by pressing 0. Also see a satellite view too....

Does that answer your question?
that is exactly it, I don't really care if it thinks im 2 blocks over because im not lost, but the problem ive had in the past is I would print a map take with me only to find that where I thought I could turn or thought was the way isn't. Then im totally screwed as to how to get where im going. Turn by Turn would be cool but I probably wont need it. Just a map would be enough.

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that is exactly it, I don't really care if it thinks im 2 blocks over because im not lost, but the problem ive had in the past is I would print a map take with me only to find that where I thought I could turn or thought was the way isn't. Then im totally screwed as to how to get where im going. Turn by Turn would be cool but I probably wont need it. Just a map would be enough.

Thanks alot =)
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