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Old 01-03-2006, 02:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know the 8700c doesn't have built-in GPS, which makes apps like TeleNav work great on the 7520. So, does anyone know of a good application (free or otherwise) for driving directions that makes use of the full-screen of the 8700c? I don't mind having to press a button for "next direction". Doesn't seem that mapquest mobile works for the 8700c.

The basic driving directions from google maps/mapquest are OK, but less than optimal given the capabilities of the 8700c.
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Forget using your phone for driving directions...thats a major PITA anyway...
Get this instead: http://www.garmin.com/products/nuvi/
BB's are good for a lot of things, but getting you where you need to go isn't one of them...I know somebody here will flame me for this...but you can't beat a nav unit for driving and this one takes the cake!
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I use Berry411.
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I just use mapquest or yahoo maps and get the directions that way when I only have my 8700, I do also have a Nextel 7520, and I have to admit, Telenav is a sweet, easy to use, and quite good application for the blackberry, but I will agree with stevew, that there are better ways to go.
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Thanks for your thoughts. I'd rather not spend another $1000 on a device. I was mainly looking for a piece of software that would use the full screen of the 8700c. Berry 411 is an OK substitute (for basic text directions). And although I can't get it to work, apparently J2MEMap does display the directions overlayed on a map.

Hopefully Google will update Google Local for Mobile to work for the 8700c in the future.
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Thanks for your thoughts. I'd rather not spend another $1000 on a device. I was mainly looking for a piece of software that would use the full screen of the 8700c. Berry 411 is an OK substitute (for basic text directions). And although I can't get it to work, apparently J2MEMap does display the directions overlayed on a map.

Hopefully Google will update Google Local for Mobile to work for the 8700c in the future.
go to:
http://www.bblocal.com/

or to install OTA go to:
http://mobile.bblocal.com


it does EXACTLY what you want. UI is a bit clunky as first, you will have to get used to it, but it is GREAT. Does almost exactly what you want in terms of directions etc. i use it all the time in NYC to find places downtown. the biggest limititation is that it only supports a limited number of major metro areas right now.
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http://www.bblocal.com/

or to install OTA go to:
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it does EXACTLY what you want. UI is a bit clunky as first, you will have to get used to it, but it is GREAT. Does almost exactly what you want in terms of directions etc. i use it all the time in NYC to find places downtown. the biggest limititation is that it only supports a limited number of major metro areas right now.
Disregard the above instead get:

http://google.com/glm

This does EXACLTY what you want, VERY slick. Takes full advantage of the 8700c screen, fast downloads with EDGE and great single button animated driving direction stepping forward or backward. Highly recommended software.
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Thanks for your thoughts. I'd rather not spend another $1000 on a device. I was mainly looking for a piece of software that would use the full screen of the 8700c. Berry 411 is an OK substitute (for basic text directions). And although I can't get it to work, apparently J2MEMap does display the directions overlayed on a map.

Hopefully Google will update Google Local for Mobile to work for the 8700c in the future.
The future is NOW, Google Local Mobile is now updated to work with ALL color blackberries.

http://google.com/glm
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wow! Google Local i great on my 8700! I love it!
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The future is NOW, Google Local Mobile is now updated to work with ALL color blackberries.

http://google.com/glm
Ca't get past the Get Started page on my 8700c running on the T-Mobile network.

I thought I'd give it a go even though it says it doesn't work on the TMO net or Nextel or BREW-enabled phones. EDGE is EDGE right?
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google local is the number one piece of software IMO. It is amazing. You can not only get driving directions with a map but you can get the satalite image and zoom in sooo close that you can see cars parked in parking lots. It gives you step by step instructions and it is easy to use so that if you were driving while do it, it is as simple as pushing next for the next step in the directions. I highly recommend using google local/maps for directions, its AMAZING.
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Ca't get past the Get Started page on my 8700c running on the T-Mobile network.

I thought I'd give it a go even though it says it doesn't work on the TMO net or Nextel or BREW-enabled phones. EDGE is EDGE right?

FYI - I am running GoogleLocal on my 8700c unlocked on the t-mobile network using the most recent 8700r 4.1. handheld OS 4.10.206.

I had to change my BB browser settings, I was spoofing as MSIE. I changed back to BlackBerry. DID a softreboot (alt-num-del) and then I was able to download the application. It runs perfectly. It is the number #1 killer app for the 8700 IMHO, it is SUPER fast with EDGE.
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The future is NOW, Google Local Mobile is now updated to work with ALL color blackberries.

http://google.com/glm

GREAT FIND!!! this program is awesome, much better than the bblocal program (which i deleted sometime ago)
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I just use the preinstalled Navigation in my car.
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I just use the preinstalled Navigation in my car.
im so glad that you are able to use your navi in your car. Thank you so much for letting us all know!!! ;)
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Wow great find. This is a great app.
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Wirelessly posted (8700c: BlackBerry8700/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

So now the question is will there be data charges? How is this connecting? About/info tells me I have received 1178kb so far. Thoughts? This is a great program. My daughter left something at a gas station. Found it. Called from the app itself and they are sending it to us.
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Wirelessly posted (8700c: BlackBerry8700/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

So now the question is will there be data charges? How is this connecting? About/info tells me I have received 1178kb so far. Thoughts? This is a great program. My daughter left something at a gas station. Found it. Called from the app itself and they are sending it to us.
I am not worried about data overage charges whatsoever, but I am on t-mobile. Already at 2549KB down. Interesting real-time free memory indicator in the about/info screen. I am running about 50784 free out of 59123KB. You?
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i noticed I can browse google local for a short time, then it stops loading (just shows loading on top) and sits there... if I exit and go back in, I can browse a little more and it happens again.

any ideas if this could be something on my end such as some buried cache setting that gets cleared when I exit and go back in?
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Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry8700/4.1.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/102)

Mine also hangs with loading every now and again. Remember this is rev #1 of a beta. Should get more stable as time goes along.
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