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Old 12-19-2007, 12:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default GPS on Blackbery Curve 8310 - Locked without Telenav?

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Hello everyone,
I was wondering if the GPS functionality on the 8310 is locked if a user does not subscribe to Telenav (AT&T USA). Whenever I try to refresh the GPS settings by "Refresh GPS" I get nothing. Data Source is set as "Device GPS" (only option) and Lat/Lon co-ordinates are all at 0. Fix time is None. I have tried going outside with no buildings around and still have had no success. Am wondering if any of the users here had similar issues and how they were able to solve it. Does this work only if you have a Telenav subscription? Also I have Google Maps on my Curve and I can see it picking up the location based on the cell towers with a blue dot and approximation circle around it (indication that device GPS isnt working).

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No, the GPS service isn't locked on AT&T.

Try this:

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Old 12-19-2007, 01:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks John for that link. I tried the things listed in that page but they don't seem to be working. I am in the SF Bay area. I am wondering now if GPS coverage is really bad here if the device is unlocked on the 8310.
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The GPS signal works fine in the Bay Area. It might take a little bit of time to find satellites for the first time. Give that procedure a few tries. If it still doesn't work then give AT&T a call and tell them you've followed that procedure.
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I have had 100% success with my AT&T 8310 using Google Maps Mobile.
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You need to be outside, with a clear view of the sky to acquire the satellites. Using BBMaps or GoogleMaps, locate yourself as close as possible and then turn on the GPS using the Map application's menu. It should find you with 2 or 3 minutes.
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Guess I've been lucky - GPS and Google maps even works inside our building and on the center console of my car - it doesn't have to be open sky.
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I have am 8310 as well and the GPS function works superbly, however the 1st time I fired it up it took a very very long time to obtain a GPS fix. Give it time, I mean possibly 10-15 minutes if need be. Once I aquired the 1st fix outdoors in a clear area, my gps now even works inside my house.

Good Luck and be patient.
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Thanks guys. You were all right. I tried it again today starting the refresh after stepping outside. It took a really long time, like 5 minutes, but it got a fix unlike previously. Once it did, it works fine now on Google Maps. It even works at home where earlier when I used to do Refresh GPS it didn't work. Maybe it has a big setup signal cost. Anyway, all good now without Telenav and I can see the GPS working great! Thanks!
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It just can take a long time to get that first fix. Subsequent fixes shouldn't take that long unless you go a long time without using it again.
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Guess I've been lucky - GPS and Google maps even works inside our building and on the center console of my car - it doesn't have to be open sky.
As long as you can see at least 3 satellites, you can get a "fix" on your location and things will work adequately. I have seen as many as 6 sats while the BB is on the passenger seat. But I usually have 8 or 9 on the in car system. Inside might work, depending upon the construction of your building.
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As long as you can see at least 3 satellites, you can get a "fix" on your location and things will work adequately. I have seen as many as 6 sats while the BB is on the passenger seat. But I usually have 8 or 9 on the in car system. Inside might work, depending upon the construction of your building.
using the Mapquest Navigator, I usually have 8 satellites on the 8310...
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