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Old 08-01-2009, 08:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Not sure after reading the literature if the bold is ready to go as a stand alone GPS unit or do you need a 3rd party GPS receiver with it?

Is it possible to use as a GPS or do you need to subscribe to a map server? I have tom tom sotware for my Nokia which worked very well. Was wondering if it would work on the blackberry?

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Old 08-01-2009, 09:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not sure after reading the literature if the bold is ready to go as a stand alone GPS unit or do you need a 3rd party GPS receiver with it?

Is it possible to use as a GPS or do you need to subscribe to a map server? I have tom tom sotware for my Nokia which worked very well. Was wondering if it would work on the blackberry?

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It works natively. You can download google maps for free which will work in conjunction. If you want a turn by turn service you will have to subscribe as far as I know.

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Old 08-01-2009, 10:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Turn by turn service, you will need to have a subscription, google maps does what you want along with other apps that are in the app world.
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use a little app called AmaZe with my Bold. Not so bad actually!

I believe that it can be had via Blackberry App World


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Not sure after reading the literature if the bold is ready to go as a stand alone GPS unit or do you need a 3rd party GPS receiver with it?

Is it possible to use as a GPS or do you need to subscribe to a map server? I have tom tom sotware for my Nokia which worked very well. Was wondering if it would work on the blackberry?

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Old 08-04-2009, 11:24 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Free java2md turn by turn until early 2010... Not the greatest and a tad awkward but free turn by turn.(Voice prompts too)

Keep in mind all gps apps are data intensive its not onboard (as far as I know) so that could amount a hefty bill outside the states. Not sure your location
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Google maps does turn by turn navigation, just no voice controls.
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I use Gokivo Navigator. It does have voice prompts too. I heard rumors that it will not be free for long either, but it works pretty well for me.
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I hope they keep Gokivo free. I think it's good. The only problem I have is it does not have a map view by default, like Telenav. I like seeing what roads are approaching when I am rolling down the street. It is a very good program, and by far, the best free choice.
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Does anyone have a nav app where the maps are downloaded directly to the phone one time and not constantly over the data network? I want to use my bold as a gps even without cell service. Even the garmin product doesn't let you download the maps.
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Old 08-05-2009, 02:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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No, there isnt such a product.
Due to limitation in memory most likely.
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No, there isnt such a product.
Due to limitation in memory most likely.
You know that's not true. With 128 to 256MB available memory on latest BB's, and with 8GB plus storage, it is easily possible. Ram is not issue, if it can cache and run Google Maps or any one of these applications above, BB device should easily be able to run any offline maps software without a problem. Heck, my 200Mhz pocket pc from 2000 can still load whole New York State roads on its map and still be able to zoom into closest level without running out of space/ram (64MB RAM)

The truth is, most developers nowadays do not prefer to create offline map packs or applications, because they want to keep revenue coming by pushing them to subscribe or buy online versions of the software. They can easily manipulate/edit/update settings, stuff like AmaZe adding different advertisement depending on your profile, and of course lastly to protect their software from piracy. Does anyone remember Mapopolis, the best and most accurate map software for Pocket PC and Palm platforms? I paid $100 for USA map pack back in 2002 and upgraded it before they went out of business, and they were the last to have such a great software.

Today, I would gladly pay another $100 if I could use my Bold or any other hardware GPS phone with one of these offline maps, to avoid roaming charges when I am in different country or to avoid lags/delays caused by slow speeds.

This is where Samsung Epix comes in very handy. You can still load any WM map application and use internal or external GPS without online access. (My latest maps from 2005 still work!)
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Does anyone have a nav app where the maps are downloaded directly to the phone one time and not constantly over the data network? I want to use my bold as a gps even without cell service. Even the garmin product doesn't let you download the maps.
Anyone try that?
Mobile GMaps - View maps from various sources on your mobile phone!

I am still trying it, but looks like we can download google map on PC and xfer to SD card....
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Anyone try that?
Mobile GMaps - View maps from various sources on your mobile phone!

I am still trying it, but looks like we can download google map on PC and xfer to SD card....
This sounds great. I don't have GPS on my 8300, but if someone does, please give this a try. I am interested in finding out how does it download? It would have to download all zoom levels to achieve seamless operation, but my guess is it probably only downloads one zoom level and you are stuck on that. Also Google Maps is strike'd-over, which means google probably did not allow them.

I hope someone tries this and reports back.
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I live on the border with France and Italy, and I am mostly driving in Italy, but my cell phone is with Monaco Telecom where live. If I were to use internet GPS to drive to a client in Italy, I would have an enormous roaming data bill by the time I arrive there. if I go to Athens for the weekend and want GPS for walking around the city, I would also have a huge roaming data bill. This alone stops me buying a Blackberry at the moment, even though I want one. I need a self contained standalone GPS. Google or Blackberry maps are ok if you never leave your country, but in europe, they are totally stupid and prohibitive. I read on the Sygic site a while ago that they were developing for Blackberry, but I dont know if it finished. I would happily buy a blackberry if they weren't tied to online subscriptions... especially as you usually need such information in a foreign place.
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I live on the border with France and Italy, and I am mostly driving in Italy, but my cell phone is with Monaco Telecom where live. If I were to use internet GPS to drive to a client in Italy, I would have an enormous roaming data bill by the time I arrive there. if I go to Athens for the weekend and want GPS for walking around the city, I would also have a huge roaming data bill. This alone stops me buying a Blackberry at the moment, even though I want one. I need a self contained standalone GPS. Google or Blackberry maps are ok if you never leave your country, but in europe, they are totally stupid and prohibitive. I read on the Sygic site a while ago that they were developing for Blackberry, but I dont know if it finished. I would happily buy a blackberry if they weren't tied to online subscriptions... especially as you usually need such information in a foreign place.
I assume you are using Windows Mobile which is far better when it comes to GPS and has tons of options, heck even Nokia has bunch of options..
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I installed amaze and have been testing it out. For a totally free app it is great! Voice commads and everything are included. I think it' U.S. only though.

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Does anyone have a nav app where the maps are downloaded directly to the phone one time and not constantly over the data network? I want to use my bold as a gps even without cell service. Even the garmin product doesn't let you download the maps.
Read the yellow sticky at the top of the GPS and Maps section. Its a review of most of the map apps available. Some are model specific so make sure your device is supported.
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Thanks for all the replies members, I will continue to research, test and hope.
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keep us posted please.
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Mobile GMaps <- Tested myself. Somehow google map will remove this app. But it works, so u not in a unlimited data plan and need to travel around. This could be one solution. But u will also need a good size SD card to store maps.
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