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Old 08-10-2008, 07:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is GPS international on the bb 8830?
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Old 08-10-2008, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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GPS is GPS. There is no local or international version. As long as you are outside, in a clear area, you should be able to get GPS signals and a lat/long on your device. As for map data, that all depends on your carrier and whether you have a data connection or not. You need a data plan for maps. I can't speak about worldwide map coverage however.
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GPS is GPS. There is no local or international version. As long as you are outside, in a clear area, you should be able to get GPS signals and a lat/long on your device. As for map data, that all depends on your carrier and whether you have a data connection or not. You need a data plan for maps. I can't speak about worldwide map coverage however.
Thanks for explaining. I will ask my provider about the data connection and all. I know very little about the phone. I was given it as a present, and have never really been good with gadgets. I just know I can make phone calls on it and that GPS is suppose to work. I have been having some problems with GPS anyway, despite that I was told that it would be added to my bill. I think maybe I just need to go talk with the Sprint people. Thank you!
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Actually, there are two programs (trekbuddy and Mobile gmaps (not google) that allow you to download maps in advance of your trip and store them on an SD card. You download on computer and move them - neither is as simple as using DATA on the phone.

From what I've read, clearly using DATA out of the US could be pricey and may require special arrangements with your carrier and a "roaming carrier" overseas.
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Check out the GPS section for additional info and maybe a good solution for your situation.
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A CMDA BB - Sprint or VZ - will not have GPS overseas, Qualcomm built the GPS into the same chipset as the CDMA chipset. Once overseas the GSM chipset processes the device and the GPS will not work. You can use a Bluetooth GPS receiver when outside the US.
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A CMDA BB - Sprint or VZ - will not have GPS overseas, Qualcomm built the GPS into the same chipset as the CDMA chipset. Once overseas the GSM chipset processes the device and the GPS will not work. You can use a Bluetooth GPS receiver when outside the US.
I thought I purchased a WORLD Edition - 8830WE - gets more and more interesting with the gps disabled stateside (verizon other than emergency location) and further useless over THERE!
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"World Edition" in terms of phone, SMS, Email, Web - yes. I doubt the phone was ever marketed with "worldwide" GPS services listed.
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I can confirm that the GPS on a Sprint 8830 did not work abroad. Curiously, BB Maps worked for directions while manually entering addresses for start/stop locations. Thus data services were obviously active and available, while the GPS was not.
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If you want to use your GPS out side the country get a GPS puck (~$50) and set up your phone for international data... google maps will work any were you get a data signal.
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