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Old 10-20-2007, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All -

I am quite interested in setting up my GPS functionality. My provider offers a 2 week trial period for free before asking for a monthly subscription price. My BB came with its own "map" of the world, but i keep noticing that some people installed Google Map on their device.
How can i avail of this and how does that actually work???
would it be worth holding back with my GPS activation until i clarify the Google Map issue???
Generally, how does this GPS work given that the BB Map appears very basic in its details of roads, etc.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-20-2007, 03:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you sure the subrcription wouldn't be for TelNav? You should be able to use your GPS with Blackberry Maps Google Maps with no issues.

TelNave is for audible turn by turn directions.
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Old 10-20-2007, 03:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi -
i'm not sure what TelNav is. First time i hear about it, but then again, i have not looked into my GPS functionality so far.
i know a guy working at Google and he could configure his BB for Google Maps. he can't help me because it was some guy in their IT department who did it. Vodafone told me that they don't support the map functionality. they just teamed up with the search engine of google....

If it's TelNav, is this like having a caller who directs you left/right, etc??? was hoping that i could follow arrows on my device display rather than putting phone to ear all the time.... :(
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Telenav is one of the apps that cost $$ per month, but in my opinion it is worth it if you use navigation often. The traffic routing and 3D maps are quite nice and almost makes it feel like a full fledged navigation tool.

You don't have to hold it to your ear for turn by turn directions as it comes out the speaker.

Here's Telenav's site:
TeleNav - Always find your way!

Also another that I use that is free and surprisingly good for being a free application is Mapquest Navigator.
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silly question but.... how do i install items like the ones mentioned on my BB?
is it simply "drag and drop" application into BB folder when connected to computer???

Thanks for your help so far
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Mapquest navigator is kind of difficult to get a link for as they really only support Sprint / Nextel, but I have one that works just fine even though it's for the 8703e.

http://mqnav.telmap.com/mqota/client.../8703e/mqn.jad

If you send that link to your BB, you will be able to open it up inside the browser and install it from there.

Most applications are installable OTA (Over the air) and you locate the link, send it to your BB via email or IM and then open the link and the BB browser will install the application.

The applications that cannot be installed this way must be installed using a .COD and .ALX file and are loaded using the application loader portion of desktop manager software.

This is a pretty simple breakdown of it, but you'll get the hang of it after you've had your BB for a while.
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for google maps goto Google Maps

Now to see if your GPS is working...

Go stand outside.... hopefully it isn't raining.

goto OPTIONS>ADVANCED OPTIONS>GPS when in that screen hit your options button (left side of trackball) and select refresh GPS.

If you get coordinates it is working.
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Hi - Thanks for your responses....

My GPS doesn't appear to be set up so i will contact customer service shortly.

re/Google maps: i did follow the link and downloaded the application onto desktop. what to do next???? connecting BB to desktop via USB and somehow "add" the application onto BB???
Sorry, i am such a new-bee on tec issues.... need full guidance :(
Maybe it helps to reveal that i use an apple computer?!

has anyone got the patience please?

thanks in advance
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tele nav is very good - it saved me several times already - will most likely register for service soon.
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Hey all... I have been playing with several GPS programs over the past couple of days. Amaze, Infospace FindIt, and Mapquest Navigator. BY FAR the mapquest program is the best. It provides turn by turn voice guided instructions and the on screen display mirrors that of most in car GPS systems. Interface is very easy to use. Just a personal opinion, but it is worth checking out.

MapQuest: Features

In order to get the program, select SPRINT as your carrier and the 8703e as your model. They will send you a text for install, and it works flawlessly.
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