I'm considering moving over to the Bold 9650 once its available from Verizon. I'm coming off an 8330 which of course had a GPS lockout except for VZ Navigator and then again with a later OS release for the BB Maps. I'm assuming/hoping that this model will NOT have that restriction? Does anyone know for sure or is it too soon to ask being it has not been released yet?
For what it's worth, I have a buddy that had the Storm I and now has the Storm II, both cases Verizon. I was surprised when he told me the GPS is not blocked. Then, I think, I read here that Verizon still blocks GPS on the older devices. If you haven't searched yet, I'll bet the real skinney is already discussed somewhere here. This (Verizon and GPS) has been a hot topic at times.
I think we can safely put the days of "my carrier sucks because they lock out _______" are gone.
As always, the market drives design and service. The heat of customers drive what companies do in the long run. They will ALWAYS try to make more $ by doing things a certain way, and when they realize they can make MORE a different way, they go the other way.
With VZW and GPS, old VZNavigator worked but it wasn't great. Unlock the GPS by customer demand and then competition reigns supreme. The new VZNavigator is light years ahead of what it was and legitimately competes with all of the other paid software in its class and feature set.
Same thing goes with WiFi. Fight the AT&T commercial about "I can talk AND surf on AT&T". They don't bother throwing Sprint under the bus because they are targeting VZW. In comes WiFi and now, at least if you have WiFi, you can talk and surf.