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Old 12-11-2008, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have had a Storm 9530 on Verizon since last weekend. After 9 years with T-Mobile I was not very happy with Verizon's policy of locking the GPS, charging high rates for BIS, SMS, etc. So last night I followed the proceedure on Crackberry to fully enable the T-Mobile features (my company has a corporate Verizon account so I got the unlock code no problem).

Now I have the best phone I have owned to date. This includes having purchased and sold 2 iPhones. With my TMo sim installed, I can use my regular TMo number and BIS internet (Edge is not that much slower than the 3G, at least in my area) and with a few clicks on the touch screen I can switch the phone back to my companies Verizon account (phone only, no internet or BB features). We don't use BES and if we did I would access it through TMo as well.

Everything works as claimed other than the Verizon specific features such as visual VM, etc. Google Maps and other GPS apps are magically able to access the GPS but can't when using the Verizon CDMA (even with the phone unlocked the GPS connection on works when using the GSM, figure that).

I am still not fully comfortable with the typing and of course not having a physical keyboard makes some of the shortcuts more difficult to use, but that is typical touch-screen conversion stuff. I may find that a few days/weeks of no keyboard will force me back to my 8800 series as it did with the iPhone but at least right now I am a very happy camper. Just having all my email (personal and business), IM's, SMS's, etc all show up on one common screen is worth the price of the phone and one of my main reasons for sticking with BB.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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oh my!

This post should be framed in gold and hung for all to see, when it is posted "no one likes this phone", etc.

Of course, I seem to have seen a few dozen of similar posts to yours.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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congrats, but gps is not locked with the storm on the big V
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congrats, but gps is not locked with the storm on the big V
Well, if you can tell me how to get Google Maps and other 3rd party GPS's to work then please do. BB Maps does work and the newest version is a good program, but I like Google Maps better. I tried both with VZ Navigator active and deleted from the phone and in no way could I get any other GPS programs to work. I didn't try them all, just the ones I normally use. This seems to be consistent with the Storm GPS discussions I have seen so far.
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Well, if you can tell me how to get Google Maps and other 3rd party GPS's to work then please do. BB Maps does work and the newest version is a good program, but I like Google Maps better. I tried both with VZ Navigator active and deleted from the phone and in no way could I get any other GPS programs to work. I didn't try them all, just the ones I normally use. This seems to be consistent with the Storm GPS discussions I have seen so far.
I can't speak for the other programs, but I know Google announced that it is working on an update for Google Maps Mobile to get GPS working. The problem was that RIM didn't release the SDK for the Storm until a week before release (or maybe it was the day of release), so all the companies that want to develop for it couldn't get a head start.
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've been using google maps on my 8830 for quite a while now and have had it on my storm since I've gotten it and the GPS function where I see my location on google maps seems to work just fine...
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I've been using google maps on my 8830 for quite a while now and have had it on my storm since I've gotten it and the GPS function where I see my location on google maps seems to work just fine...
How many meters accuracy is it indicating? Google maps will triangulate cell towers just fine on the Storm and indicate anything from 2000 to 5000 meter accuracy. With the GPS functioning you should get down to about 3-5 meters, which I've only gotten when I have GSM only activated on my T-Mobile account.
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I don't really have any alternatives here... Verizon is the big player (well we have alltel, but they aren't a big player really, their Pearl support sucks from 2nd hand knowledge).

I'm waiting for the Google Maps update. I'm ok w/ the Blackberry Maps, but I really like Google Maps... I think one major issue w/ Blackberry and GPS is you need data coverage for it to be useful since it grabs info via the Internet... In most states that probably isn't a problem, but in MT, there are plenty of dead zones, even w/ Verizon... we're simply too far spread out for there to be complete coverage.
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That's awesome that you got to stay with T Mobile. I personally just needed an excuse to leave because I had the worst reception EVERYWHERE. Seriously, I am not exaggerating... I don't think I was ever able to connect a call on the first attempt.
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