Originally Posted by RoC1909
And you are so 'happy' getting over on the system?!?! And this right here folks is a MAJOR reason why our dumbass society is so litigious!!
Everyone expects SOMETHING for NOTHING!
Hello birddog, Firefishe replying:
First, I would like to say I enjoy reading your replies, they're very informative. However, I do feel the need to point out that the Global Positioning System (GPS) capability of the BlackBerry 8830 is not something extra, it's an inherent part of the phone's capability.
It does not require a triangulation signal from the cell towers--although that *would* be ideal--to function. That is why it is called "Autonomous GPS." When autonomous gps is paired with cell tower triangulation schemes, it is referred to as "A-GPS," which stands for "Assisted GPS."
A-GPS is the wave of the future for gps/cell phone integration programs. It provides faster satellite acquisition times and makes navigating in congested cities possible, especially inside steel and glass buildings, parking garages, and other solid, RF-absorbing structures.
Research In Motion (RIM) has already stated that the BlackBerry 8830 has an autonomous gps, capable of receiving gps satellite signals, and that it does not require the use of an Assisted-GPS system to function. So why are we all upset?
Because Verizon has chosen to disable--at a very low firmware (software-on-chip) level--a feature that is not anything extra, at all! The 8830 has an active gps receiver. Not perhaps as sensitive as the SiRF III gps chip in the 8800, but still capable of stand-alone gps signal reception nonetheless.
To disable the "mere receiving" of gps satellite signals, then cite "...we did it for security issues..." is pleading ignorance. To say that the 8830's ability to receive satellite signals would cause network interference doesn't make technical sense. Each 8830 has the same capability. Unless Verizon chooses to implement some type of Assisted GPS (A-GPS) scheme, no type of gps signals whatsoever would be sent over the network.
Unless Verizon is using each and every BlackBerry 8830 owner's stand-alone, autonomous gps signal in some type of heretofore unknown Peer-To-Peer (P2P) networking scheme (like BitTorrent or Napster), there isn't any possibility of Verizon's--or any other CDMA carrier's--network of receiving interference from anyone using the BlackBerry 8830. It just doesn't happen! It can't happen! It's technically impossible.
Cell phones must be certified by the Federal Communications Commission in the United States, as they are a Radio Frequency (RF) Generating Device. They have to meet very strict requirements for generating interference and being able to accept interference. They also have to meet certain standards for cellular data communications protocols, such as TCP/IP.
The entire shebang is usually done via the manufacturer's compliance with standards agreed upon by the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA), which certifies cellular phone's for use in a wide variety of domestic and international markets.
Manufacturers also have their own standards. As it happens, Qualcomm helped spearhead the CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) Cellular Technology Program, which Verizon uses, so I don't see why Verizon would have any difficulty whatsoever in implementing any type of A-GPS technology, as the 8830 is, indeed, a Qualcomm device. It says "Qualcomm 3G CDMA" right on the back of the 8830's battery cover.
They may, or may not, be liable for disabling yet another "Inherent Feature" of yet another one of their cell phone offerings.
I remember reading about Verizon receiving a class-action lawsuit (which takes time to prepare litigation for, requires a certain number of people, etc.) regarding the crippling of a certain Bluetooth File Sending feature.
These type of legal proceedings cost a lot of money, and can set even a multi-billion-dollar company back a piece, especially if said litigation causes production to cease, or prohibits a company from adopting a certain phone--like the 8830, for example.
Let's say Company A wanted to adopt the 8830 as part of their cell phone offerings, knew it would be a huge profit maker, and then were told suddenly by a Court of Law that they couldn't go to production unless certain changes in the software were made, because of a class-action lawsuit having been filed by thousands of grievious customers who felt duped because a feature inherent to the phone had been crippled for no decent reason.
Verizon hasn't even stated why the feature was disabled. I mean, if they had come out earlier and stated why they had done so, shared some of their technical information with the BlackBerry community-at-large, especially those who are their customers, and allowed some of us to help them and be part of their development process for the 8830's deployment, then this wouldn't even be an issue.
Why the same company would risk another lawsuit isn't beyond me, either. It's easy for people to fall back into old, destructive patterns. What has probably happened is, after the initial lawsuit was settled, the same developers, programmers, and executives fell back on their haunches, desiring to "forget the past and move forward."
The problem with this rationale is that we, as fallible human beings, need to learn from our past mistakes, remembering what happened the first time around, and then using that memory to curb mistakes that were made under similar circumstances.
I don't think Verizon remembers well enough the first mistake with Bluetooth File Transfer. I feel that they may be making the same mistake with disabling autonomous gps reception in the BlackBerry 8830.
I hope this has been informative to you.