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Old 06-02-2010, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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?
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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GPS works fine on the Tour 9630. I use it with Google Maps with no problem (on two different Tours, work and personal). I don't see why it would be locked with the 9650.
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I think that all VZW devices with OS5 pre-installed have the GPS enabled.
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And 4.7, as the Tour and Storm originally came with those. Anything after 4.5 is pretty safe to say has the GPS unlocked.
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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.
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Affirmative, no GPS lockout whatsoever. Poynt has now soared to the top of my favorite apps list since upgrading from my blocked-out-the-ying-yang 8330.
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Affirmative, no GPS lockout whatsoever. Poynt has now soared to the top of my favorite apps list since upgrading from my blocked-out-the-ying-yang 8330.
Yes Poynt is a great app
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Yes Poynt is a great app
For real that new one with the local weather in the background and getting your movie tickets and what not. They did a really great job.
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