I have a new 7250 through Verizon, my first Blackberry, and I'm still getting the swing of things. One thing I'm trying to figure out is if I can use the GPS capibilities this thing has. I don't necessarily need anything full-featured, voice-controlled, interactive, and the whole nine yards. I'd be happy just to get my latitude and longitude and plug it into an online map site by hand.
I used search on this forum and lots of Nextel customers are talking about GPS but their options seem to be different than mine.When I go to Options - Location Based Services it has one setting "GPS Services" which can be set to "Location On" or "911 Only". The only effect it has on my Blackberry that I can see is changing one tiny symbol below the connection bars from <+> to <+>))). I'm guessing I'm going to need some third party software to even get a latitude and logitude out of it.
The manuals don't even mention the GPS. Any advice? BTW, I don't use BES if that makes a difference.
KeithWright - while it sounds like it is the type of GPS you are looking for, the GPS on the 7250 is just e911 location, meaning if you have it turned on, the police can find you based upon a signal your phone will give off. That is not GPS for directions, etc. None of the BB's have GPS yet besides the 7520 on Nextel.
Sounds crazy. The hardware is there, but the police can find out where I am, but not me! Why? Licensing fees or something? Is it maybe just one of those not-yet-but-maybe-someday-supported-features like EDGE EV-DO?
Last edited by KeithWright : 05-09-2005 at 02:31 PM.
The Blackberry, like all new cell phones is required to have the GPS to comply with 911 emergency directives. You can set it so that it only works when you dial 911, or you can have it on all the time so that, if your blackberry is stolen or you happen to be kidnapped with your phone on, the authorities can determine the location.
I have a Verizon 7250 and just purchased a TomTom GO 300 GPS with Bluetooth, which is capable of allowing hand-free use of your cell phone. I was unable to connect the TomTom with my phone and sent an email to the tech people at TomTom and the response is below:
The Blackberry Bluetooth stack does not accept any external Bluetooth requests. You can connect to external keyboards and ear pieces but it will not accept any incoming requests from other devices. This is why the Blackberry is not on our compatibility list. We are currently trying to find a way around the Bluetooth coding but as of right now, it is not compatible. If you have any further questions, please contact us.
"stupid" question, but has anyone noted a difference in battery performance with GPS off/on? I leave it turned off just because I see no benefit to leaving it on, but is their any drain on the battery to have it on?
Quick additional question... in the Options for the BB 7250, there is a section for 'Location Based Services'. The options are 911 only or Location On. If this is only for 911 calls, why would you have another option for... ummmm... more 'on?'