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Old 07-05-2010, 02:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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On my 8530, I have Google Maps installed.


I understand that Google Maps uses the cell signal to triangulate my position. When this happens, it pin points a spot on the map and says "Your position accurate to 4200 meters." It wouldn't be so annoying if the point was even in the same city as me.



When I turn off the mobile network, it is accurate to within a meter (and it's actually correct).



My question is: is there a way to make Google Maps use just the GPS for location and the mobile network for downloading the maps and satellite images?

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It will use the mobile network to get a position at first, because its there and working; while google maps searches for satellites.
After, say 5 minutes, it should then have found satellites, and be using gps for your location.
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Well, I started Google Maps and the same thing happens. I let it sit for about 10 minutes and all it does is jump around the map. It never gets a GPS signal.
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Does your Blackberry Maps find the GPS?
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Yes, within a couple seconds.
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Make sure that you are outside with a clear view of the sky. And do you have a BB data plan? And have "Location Services On" selected.
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I tried it outside in the field by my house. Yes, I have the BB data plan and location is on.
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Ok, so this is an annoying problem. Today, I decided to test it hard. I went to the park for my lunch. At the beginning, I tried BlackStar, CacheBerry, and BlackBerry Maps. All of them got my location within 2 or 3 feet of each other. I then started Google Maps and let it sit for about an hour. Every time I looked at it, my location had gotten farther away and the accuracy circled got bigger. If Google Maps sucks this bad, is there an alternative that has a satellite view? Or is it possible to make Google Maps disregard the whole triangulation "feature"?
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I don't have a problem at all with Google maps. Perhaps you should delete the version you have and reinstall? Sounds to me like something is wrong with your copy or Alltel/Verizon has it blocked.
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I asked the rep at the Alltel store about it and here is what I found out: Alltel blocks the use of the internal GPS for most 3rd party applications. To get around this, you must subscribe, download, and use TeleNav just once. Then, call Alltel and cancel the subscription. Other than go through that, I looked around and found that the Bing application can do everything Google Maps can but is able to use the internal GPS.
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