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Old 08-29-2007, 12:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got a Blackberry 8830 but it seems Verizon has rendered it unable to use the GPS feature. Is there something I'm missing? Is there any way to enable this feature?

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Old 08-29-2007, 01:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I just got a Blackberry 8830 but it seems Verizon has rendered it unable to use the GPS feature. Is there something I'm missing? Is there any way to enable this feature?

Thanks a lot

joe
Nope, it's disabled ... Rumor has it that Verizon will eventually release a version of their payware (VZ Navigator) for the 8830.
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Old 08-29-2007, 01:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You can purchase a bluetooth GPS puck to use with it. The Freedom mini GPS is what I've been using and has been quite popular on this forum. Do a search for "freedom mini gps" and you'll come up with the threads. There's a review I did a while back and there is a thread where Freedom is offering a special price on them until Aug. 31.

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Edit: no need for double posting. We'll see your question.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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As far as the puck, are we dependent on it? Will the device work if I am at work and the puck is at home?
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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As far as the puck, are we dependent on it? Will the device work if I am at work and the puck is at home?
The puck is the GPS antenna. Without it, no GPS.
The puck has to be within approximately 30 feet to communicate via bluetooth and it must do the moving to communicate your location to the BB.
I use one, since I to am a victim of the Verizon way of life, but it works OK for the limited number of times I have tried it.
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Same here re:using a puck. I have an iBlue-737 that I also use with my Dell Axim, and it works great. I have often wondered whether the puck is more accurate than the internal GPS... perhaps someone using a 88xx with internal GPS enabled who also has a puck could do a comparison.
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Old 08-29-2007, 03:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Would the puck issue be different if my bb had GPS?
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Old 08-29-2007, 03:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Would the puck issue be different if my bb had GPS?
Your BB has GPS in the device. However, Verizon disables it. Therefore you need a BT puck. Yes, however, if your BB had built in GPS you wouldn't need a BT puck.
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That pretty much sum's it up. Verizon disables the BT hardware in the 8830 which is why the bluetooth puck becomes necessary. Its a drag to have to use an outside piece of hardware when the perfectly good hardware already exists in the device, but 'it is what it is' I guess...
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The puck is the GPS antenna.
Actually, to be correct, the puck is the GPS receiver, and also includes an antenna. If it was just the antenna, wouldn't do you much good - like trying to buy a TV antenna and watch TV.
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Apparently, if you are a corporate customer, you may be able to use the GPS. My bf e-mailed me this morning and said he has the GPS working with google maps on his Verizon 8800. So it looks like verizon just likes to screw their non corporate consumers. although, my bf still can't tether for free like I can on t-mobile!
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Apparently, if you are a corporate customer, you may be able to use the GPS. My bf e-mailed me this morning and said he has the GPS working with google maps on his Verizon 8800. So it looks like verizon just likes to screw their non corporate consumers. although, my bf still can't tether for free like I can on t-mobile!
WHAT model BB does your BF have? an 8800 with Verizon? I have not scene that model on there network would you care to elaborate and explain

8830 yes but 8800 Hmmmmm
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ditto! ... guess we failed leetspeak class, dang it thats 2 now, ebonix i failed also
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Remember, pull on the loose strap to tighten! Also, keep in mind, the nearest exit may be behind you. *runs for cover*
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