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Old 10-29-2008, 06:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Verizon cripple the GPS so that they can gouge customers with their own pay GPS service. I purchased a Freedom 2000 gps "puck" for mine and it works very well.

Yup. I have the 'locked GPS' feature on my 8330 from VZW. Just use a BT puck and it works fine. I use a Holux GPSlim 240 with no problems whatsoever.


What is this? Can someone explain please? I want to use the GPS and would love to get around verizon's crap!
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Old 10-29-2008, 06:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Those posts are referring to the use of an external Bluetooth GPS Receiver, commonly called a "puck".
There's many on the market. They usually run around $60-$80.
The two mentioned above (Freedom 2000 and Holux Slim) work fine with a BlackBerry.

Purchase the Bluetooth GPS Receiver, pair it with your BlackBerry, and enjoy GPS on your device.
 
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Check out this slick puppy:

HOLUX - The Pro Name in GPS

I'm ordering this today. Looks great, I can just keep it in my car, plugged into the cig lighter. I'll let you know if the USB cable on it can work as a charger as well. That would make it a great combo charger/ext. GPS.
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That looks pretty damn sweet!!

So I plug it in, pair with BB, and my screen somehow will get GPS from Hollux? I don't really understand how it works but if I don't have to spend $200 on a GPS system I'd rather not!

Where do you get it? I can't find it anywhere but the UK

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Old 11-01-2008, 08:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Wirelessly posted (Verizon 8830)

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Originally Posted by soupandsandwich
Those posts are referring to the use of an external Bluetooth GPS Receiver, commonly called a "puck".
There's many on the market. They usually run around $60-$80.
The two mentioned above (Freedom 2000 and Holux Slim) work fine with a BlackBerry.

Purchase the Bluetooth GPS Receiver, pair it with your BlackBerry, and enjoy GPS on your device.
I didn't realize this option was available for VZW users. So I am not locked to VZW Navigator if I don't want to?
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Old 11-01-2008, 11:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Any BlackBerry, from any carrier, can use a Bluetooth GPS receiver.
(As long as you have a BlackBerry with Bluetooth.)

You're not locked to VZnavigator if you use a puck.
 
Old 11-02-2008, 12:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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1. So with a BT GPS receiver and the Verizon, do/can you use the Blackberry Maps or are using other software?

2. I know little about BT technology. Can it have multiple connections? I've got built in BT handsfree in my car, which, of course, pairs automatically when I'm in/near my car. Can my Curve be connected to this and the GPS unit at the same time, or will there need to be some priority set?

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As reported on other threads, Verizon has opened up GPS for Blackberry Maps application on the Curve and Pearl 4.5 OS. I thought anyone following this thread might be interested in the news.
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As reported on other threads, Verizon has opened up GPS for Blackberry Maps application on the Curve and Pearl 4.5 OS. I thought anyone following this thread might be interested in the news.
Thanks...was unaware of that.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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1. So with a BT GPS receiver and the Verizon, do/can you use the Blackberry Maps or are using other software?
Yup. Lotsa info on GPS in the GPS forum.
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Hi, This is Chris from Freedom.

We currently have a Christmas offer for Forum members on our Freedom Keychain GPS 2000. See below.

I can confirm that our puck will work with all BlackBerry devices (provided it has Bluetooth of course!).



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Old 12-05-2008, 04:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I just read on some other post that, Verizon was enabling the GPS on the 8330 Curve; only for Blackberry maps, and not Google's. I am not sure of this though. Anybody know if this is true?
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JeffShepard....I've got the 8330 on Verizon and I can confirm that the GPS is now working, but only for Blackberry Maps for me. I'm running on version 4.5 of the Blackberry Software if tihs helps anyone. I first tested it yesterday and it worked for me.
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That's true for me as well...using my 8330 only the Blackberry maps use the GPS.
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I have an 8830 on Verizon and had recently upgraded to OS 4.5. I own a HOLUX GPSslim puck, which had worked before I upgraded (admittedly in a hokey way -- I had to open BBmaps, and then open up google maps). Now with OS 4.5 this no longer works! BBmaps can't find my puck, even though all the settings are set to use it. In addition, the settings won't let me set the GPS source to "device GPS" (it isn't even an option). There was an earlier post that said that Verizon had opened up the device GPS on 4.5, but not for me! What do I have to do to get either one to work?

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I have an 8830 on Verizon and had recently upgraded to OS 4.5. I own a HOLUX GPSslim puck, which had worked before I upgraded (admittedly in a hokey way -- I had to open BBmaps, and then open up google maps). Now with OS 4.5 this no longer works! BBmaps can't find my puck, even though all the settings are set to use it. In addition, the settings won't let me set the GPS source to "device GPS" (it isn't even an option). There was an earlier post that said that Verizon had opened up the device GPS on 4.5, but not for me! What do I have to do to get either one to work?

Victor
I'm having a similar problem. I tried on OS .77 and now on .138. The Puck pairs with the 8330 via bluetooth and shows up in the list for GPS Data Source, which I selected. In BBmaps it just says "Searching for satellites..." and in Google Maps it says "Waiting for GPS"

Device GPS works for me in BBmaps, but I really want the puck for Google Maps.

Has anyone gotten a Puck to work with any 4.5 OS on a Verizon 8330?

Thanks.
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I have OS 4.5.0.77. The GPS puck works well with Intelligolf. I haven't tried the GPS puck with BBMaps or Google Maps. I'll try it tonight and let you know how it works.

BTW, you should be able to get the internal GPS to work with BBMaps.

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Ariel,

Thank you.

The internal GPS does work for me in BB Maps.

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Hi Brian,

I was able to use my GPS puck with Google Maps v3.0.2. It worked quite well. The steps I did were:
1) Turn on the GPS puck.
2) Set my BB GPS Data Source to my GPS puck.
3) Launch Google Maps. The bluetooth light on my BB started blinking indicating that my GPS puck is now paired with the BB.
4) Clicked on Menu>My Location. It immediately found my location to within 3 meters.

When you launched Google Maps, did your BB indicate that your GPS puck was paired with it?

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I followed the same steps you did and still got the GPS unavailable in Google Maps. The phone did indicate it was paired via the blue light after starting the program.

But... Then I opened BBMaps and it worked in BBMaps. I switched over to Google Maps and it started working also.

I've been trying to get this to work for months so I'm pretty happy with this progress. I've done so many different things (wiping the IT Policy and re-activating, Deleting and upgrading the OS, etc.) so I don't know exactly what fixed it.

Thanks for confirming it works. I'll keep playing to try and figure out a reliable method.

Thanks again Ariel.

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