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Old 10-21-2010, 07:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello forum,

I'm new here but am used to posting on other forums, so I know I have to search before posting...

However, with all of my searching, I still don't know the answer to my GPS question.

I have a company provided 8520 device, no frills I know, but I can communicate with people and that's the main purpose.

Firstly, I know GPS is not included within the handset. I was annoyed when I found out, but hey...

My GPS questions is:
Can I use ANY GPS software with my device by using a BlueTooth connection to a GPS receiver?
If so, which BT GPS receivers work and what GPS software/app is compatible?

I just can't find a definitive answer to my questions. I would like to have turn by turn GPS SatNav (like CoPilot/TomTom or similar) on my BB 8520 device.

Will I be disappointed, or can somebody confidently advise me what is definitely compatible?

PS: I'm in the UK, I would like to run mainly UK maps.

Thank you for any advice you can give to me!
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Check out the "GPS and Mapping" forum which has lots of information specific to GPS.
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Since it is a company provided BB, are you using BES?

If so, the IT Policy might restrict what you can and cannot do with the device. Perhaps a chat with your IT Staff would be in order before you try to circumvent company policies?
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies.

I will check out the GPS & mapping forum, I hadn't noticed that.

Regarding BES, I wasn't sure exactly what that was, so submitted 'I don't know' during sign-up, but I my normal GPRS internet connection does pass through our standard internet policy which restricts some websites, but regarding actual phone performance, I don't think we have any other restrictions as far as software/hardware goes.

I've set up personal mail over the air and I can run various apps, etc.

If I exclude the possibility of any restrictions my company may/many not have applied (as if there is a restriction then there is a good chance I could get it lifted), then I re-ask the original question...
(and I will also peruse the advised forum too).

Thank you once again for your responses.
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To follow on, the best thread in the GPS & Mapping forum regarding my question is as follows:

Blackberry virgin - what am I doing wrong?

This still remains inconclusive of anyone actually achieving what I am asking.

Would anyone know from experience what definitely works with my device?

Thank you.

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