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Old 08-03-2008, 09:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a brand new user and things are going very well. I subscribed to the GPS service through my carrier (AT&T). My question is, if lost, how can I display where I am on Telenav? I am a motorcycle rider and love the back roads. I got this feature so when I get lost I can find where the heck I am. Is this applidcation possible? Thanks
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Old 08-03-2008, 09:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes it is very possible. Assuming your GPS is working, go into telenav and click on maps then to current location. The GPS will map to where you are.

Similar functions exist in BB and Google maps.
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If you're on back roads and have no cell service, it won't work. Also, even with cell service TeleNav doesn't work too well when off of main roads.
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Thanks but the Telenav choices are "Get Directions", "View Maps", "Preferences", "Pre mium Nav" and "Help". Nothing about current location.
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Google Maps works much better for this than TeleNav. Give Google Maps a try:

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You should be able to click on "view maps" and there should be a menu item "current location".

John is quite right though that no cell coverage = no maps.


Also you need to define "back roads". If you are truly off road telenav doesn't do well as John says. I have noted that telenav does not badly with county roads and secondary roads. I haven't really had the chance to compare Google maps on these less travelled areas so I will defer to John on that one.
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"View Maps" brings up the last map I have viewed. The menu gives me the following: Hide Menu, Map new location, Drive To, Drive From, zoom, pan, save to favorites, Show long/lat and Help.
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Dump Telnav!! My wife tried the free trial with AT&T and in order to get what you really want out of it, you have to buy the Premium and get the $99 BlueTooth device to make it work. I just got done playing with Google Maps which I found to be very good and the best part is I am not paying $10 a month for it.

In your BB browser go to m.google.com/gmm and you will get the download link.

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Dump Telnav!! My wife tried the free trial with AT&T and in order to get what you really want out of it, you have to buy the Premium and get the $99 BlueTooth device to make it work. I just got done playing with Google Maps which I found to be very good and the best part is I am not paying $10 a month for it.

In your BB browser go to m.google.com/gmm and you will get the download link.
You have to get the bluetooth device only if you don't have GPS built in to the phone.

You only have to pay for LBS if you want the up to date maps and turn by turn directions, whether they be Telenav or Garmin, etc. Other wise for maps and general directions, go with one of the free ones.

To the OP: Make sure you're using the Navigator and not just Telenav Maps.

Also, another free alternative, Windows Live Mobile. Really its easier if you're searching for businesses or places, as the main page is a search page. I may be weird, but I prefer it over Google Maps.
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"View Maps" brings up the last map I have viewed. The menu gives me the following: Hide Menu, Map new location, Drive To, Drive From, zoom, pan, save to favorites, Show long/lat and Help.
I agree with the other posters. I have been using Telenav for a few years and have been quite underwhelmed.

Their support is not great, they bring out so many different versions with different options, which I think may be your problem. I am using Telenav 5.1 for Rogers and I have the current location option. Other vesions may not have that. Also ATT moved to a new type of Telenav and I am unsure what it has or what it does that the older telenav 5.1 for ATT did or didn't do.

I have recently purchased a Garmin and wished I had done so earlier. You can get a decent Garmin for car or Motorcycle for 250 to 300 dollars. This about 2 years worth of telenav. There are some distinct advantages. Garmin uses a bigger screen, better sound and best of all it will work outside of cellular coverage. It will also integrate with a Bluetooth BB so you can use your Garmin as a handsfree phone.

If you still want Telenav perhaps you need to go to their forums. Registering if free. Here is the link.

http://forum.telenav.com/
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Also, even with cell service TeleNav doesn't work too well when off of main roads.
Not sure what you mean. It may depend on your area and how updated the maps are (or how much construction is going on). Telenav has worked great for me here whether I'm on the highway, on major roads, or on minor roads. It doesn't work so well in areas with new construction but that's to be expected.

However, I do agree. If I just want to quickly see where I am on a map
I'll generally refer to Google Maps.

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My wife tried the free trial with AT&T and in order to get what you really want out of it, you have to buy the Premium and get the $99 BlueTooth device to make it work.
Did someone tell you that you had to get a BT GPS receiver or does your wife's BB not have GPS-built in? If it's the latter then she'd need a GPS receiver no matter what app she decided to go with.

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I just got done playing with Google Maps which I found to be very good and the best part is I am not paying $10 a month for it.
No voice prompts though. I really like Google Maps but voice prompts are a must have IMO for in-car navigation unless there's a copilot.

YMMV. Just don't drive around me if you're using Google Maps's directions and futzing with your BB as you drive.

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You might be better off with a dedicated, handheld GPS. Those have internal maps, a much larger map and POI database and are not dependent on cellular service. Also, a better screen in many cases.
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