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Old 11-14-2007, 08:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ive been trying to find the answer but am confused. i have an 8830 from verizon. is gps enabled automatically? does it work with any programs in particular? and which mapping programs are good - ive used google maps and the blackberry maps before, but ive also heard about telenav, etc.

any and all advice, feedback would be appreciated.
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Initially, GPS was disabled for the individual user. From what I have been readign lately Verizon has or soon will be releasing an update to make it available.

BBMaps and GoogleMaps provide basic map info. Thier turn bt turn directions closely resemble mapquest - not very good, IMHO. There are no voice commands or auto reroute. To get voice and speific turn by turn, you need VZNav which s their version ot tlenav. I think the cost is about $10 a month.

Personal impression of GPS on a BB, or almost any BB, it isn't safe to use that as your navigation tool. You need to be watching the map and trying to drive at the same time, and that is a bad combination, IMHO. If you really need a GPS navigator, my advice is to spend th emoney and buy one, not try to use a cell phone.
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I run the risk of sounding like a jerk but, who cares? Get a $200 GPS unit online with points of interest, shopping, restaurants etc preloaded and no monthly charges. GPS on a phone, unless it's free, is worthless IMO. I am sure I'll be flamed for this but oh well.
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Originally Posted by brianr0131 View Post
IGPS on a phone, unless it's free, is worthless IMO.
You couldn't have said it better! That's exactly how it should have been, but Verizon got a little money hungry again. All the other carriers don't charge their users of 8830's to use the GPS, because the technology is really RIM's and not the carrier's.
Old 11-14-2007, 11:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok, I have an Arkon BT GPS that I used with an older PDA I have. It paired up immediatly and started working immediatly (well, after it found the sats) and, as a VRZ customer, it worked with the installed Verizon Maps software with no problems whatsoever. Now, whether or not VRZ enables the internal GPS does not matter to me now. This one works without pulling more draw on the 8830 battery (already have the BT on for my earpiece).

If I remember right, my BT GPS only cost about $100... It was from Arkon.
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