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Old 11-25-2008, 01:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, like many others, on the VZW CDMA Storm 9530, BB Maps works fine with great accuracy and Google maps gives you accuracy within 3800 meters because it keeps waiting for GPS. Here is what's new, I had my device unlocked yesterday and I started using my TMO SIM, and today I tried Google Maps, it gave me accuracy withing 5 meters, 5 meters guys. This tells me tha it is doing so with GPS data. Interestingly, when I switched to CDMA (VZW) I couldn't get google maps to work with GPS. The only explanation I have is that somehow VZW is disabling handing the GPS data to the Google Maps app on the Storm. Don't ask me how, I don't know and this is just a theory.
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Supposedly google is working on an update for maps to make the gps on storm work. But now that your saying GPS works when phone is on different carrier is strange.
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The disabling of the internal GPS is probably some sort of "service" book, or IT Policy pushed by VZ, to use thier VZnav.

Real shame, since GMaps is not a real replacement for VZnav, but I don't get to make decisions for VZ.

I hope Google figures it out.
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Old 11-26-2008, 02:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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hmm that is really damn interesting and makes me think that i will slices someones throat at vzw.. lol but seriously mebe i need to get some BS prepaid tmo account sim car just to just google maps?
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Supposedly google is working on an update for maps to make the gps on storm work. But now that your saying GPS works when phone is on different carrier is strange.
Not that strange when you consider Verizon's long standing policy towards use of GPS. They have locked out the 8703e for a long time to force users to upgrade and then get VZNav. 73
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Old 12-06-2008, 02:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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How do you get your Storm "unlocked"?
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^^ read around the forum or do a search.
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The reason is because T-Mobile doesn't have A-GPS locked down. On Google support pages they have stated the problem lies in the fact the application tries A-GPS and when that doesn't work it skips to cell triangulation. Google admits it is a problem in the software. The GPS is unlocked, google is aware of the issue and will release an updated app soon.

The GPS on the Storm is unlocked, I have other apps that use the GPS just fine.
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Old 12-06-2008, 04:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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How do you get your Storm "unlocked"?
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The reason is because T-Mobile doesn't have A-GPS locked down. On Google support pages they have stated the problem lies in the fact the application tries A-GPS and when that doesn't work it skips to cell triangulation. Google admits it is a problem in the software. The GPS is unlocked, google is aware of the issue and will release an updated app soon.

The GPS on the Storm is unlocked, I have other apps that use the GPS just fine.
Can you tell me specifically what apps you have gotten to access the GPS?
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Old 12-19-2008, 04:41 AM   #11 (permalink)
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that is absolutely disgusting. I am appalled at this typical verizon trash behavior. They tell us that the GPS is REALLY unlocked and all that someone needs to do is code a STORM SPECIFIC app... and apparently its bs! Its verizon locking it down all along......
i should have known better. anyone have a way to hack the hell out of this phone and thwart verizons ridiculous policies? (or just screw Verizon over and hurt their revenues really bad... at this point i detest this company more than words can express...)
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Old 12-19-2008, 04:50 AM   #12 (permalink)
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that is absolutely disgusting. I am appalled at this typical verizon trash behavior. They tell us that the GPS is REALLY unlocked and all that someone needs to do is code a STORM SPECIFIC app... and apparently its bs! Its verizon locking it down all along......
i should have known better. anyone have a way to hack the hell out of this phone and thwart verizons ridiculous policies? (or just screw Verizon over and hurt their revenues really bad... at this point i detest this company more than words can express...)

before you go apeshit i have used both amAze GPS and weather bug (which uses the internal GPS to determine my location and then provide weather conditions for the place i am at) and they both work great and use the internal gps. verizon even unlocked GPS on the 8330 and 8830 a couple weeks ago so NO it is not locked down.
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if that is the case then why does the GPS INSTANTLY get a lock when you switch it to a GSM network...
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IMO, google maps needs some Storm-specific tweakage and it will work fine witn the internal GPS
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:05 PM   #15 (permalink)
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IMO, google maps needs some Storm-specific tweakage and it will work fine witn the internal GPS
yep, they're apparently working on a solution:
google DOT COM /support/forum/p/Google+Mobile/thread?tid=777251d49c2c3dac&hl=en
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I look forward to the Google Maps update, I find it much better than BB Maps for my usage.
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verizon even unlocked GPS on the 8330 and 8830 a couple weeks ago so NO it is not locked down.
That supposedly did happen recently. Hopefully GoogleMaps will come around soon. That would be very nice indeed.
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Old 12-21-2008, 04:41 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I can't get google maps to find the GPS signal...how does that work?

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I can't get google maps to find the GPS signal...how does that work?
If you read the above posts correctly you will (hopefully) understand that the user that got it working with a T-MOBILE SIM card with an UNLOCKED Storm. This causes your "Service Books" to change to TMO's network when using a TMO sim card, where TMO service books are less restrictive than Verizon's.
Also posted was that there was a fix coming from Google to work on Verizon's network.
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The GPS works with:

BB Maps
Nav4All
WeatherBug
GPSTracker

The GPS in the Storm is NOT locked down. It's a coding issue with GoogleMaps.
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