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Old 12-01-2007, 07:51 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Mine is right on for my 7100i, but off on my 7520.
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Old 12-01-2007, 03:43 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Considering I'm in the boonies right now, it's pretty accurate.
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Old 12-01-2007, 04:40 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I live near the everglades but the blue dot has me located with the alligators. Jeesh....
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:33 PM   #24 (permalink)
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I don't think it will ever be totally accurate since your bb only has one radio to transmit and receive. For cell tower triangulation to work properly you need to get an accurate reading you need to be talking to at least 3 towers at the same time. Your bb can only talk to one tower at a time.
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:53 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I noticed today that the nearest cell tower is not the one that the phone always connects to. This can cause additional "inaccuracy." There is a Verizon tower about 1/2 mile SE from my house and yet my cellphone always picks a tower about 5 miles away. Both bizzare and interesting.

I also noticed, which I suspected all along, that the antenna on the 8830 is not omni-directional. At some locations I can pick up different cell towers by pointing the phone north, south, east and west. There also seems to be a varible if the phone is horizontal or vertical if you are located near two cell towers.

Anyone else have any interesting observations?
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Old 12-01-2007, 09:07 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I live in DC and it usually places me within 1 block of where I am downtown, 3 in close in suburbs where i live--which is quite decent. But that varies depending upon (i guess) availability of cell towers. On parts of Canal road, which runs along the Potomac, it sometimes has me across the river. Great idea, can't wait till it gets even more precise.

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Old 12-02-2007, 03:39 AM   #27 (permalink)
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There are lots of things at play here. First if you are in a major city or a very densely populated area such as DC/MD burbs. There might be more than 1 cell tower covering one particular area for one carrier. This is because of tower capacity. I can only assume that just because you can see a verizon tower next to you doesn't mean your cell phone is going to use it. Remember cell towers talk to each other so they can hand off information about when you are going to switch towers when moving from one cell to the next.
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Old 12-02-2007, 10:08 PM   #28 (permalink)
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This afternoon I was at a location about one mile north my house and My Location had me about a mile east of my actual location. I watched My Location change as I drove home -- about half way, it changed to what it always shows when I'm at home -- a location about 8 miles south of my house.
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Old 12-03-2007, 02:07 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Mine's off by 5000 meters
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Old 12-07-2007, 11:36 AM   #30 (permalink)
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It depends on where I'm at. If I'm at my apartment then its maybe a mile or a little more off but not too much. As someone else posted, I was driving down the interstate and it was right with me. Not as good as GPS but not having GPS its better than nothing.
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Old 12-19-2007, 10:58 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I just got a blackberry pearl 8130 from verizon wireless. I downloaded google maps and "my location" is showing me in Michigan when I am in Ohio. Does anyone know why this is happening and how I can correct this.
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Old 12-19-2007, 11:53 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I noticed "My location" showed it was 600 ft away. I think it is pretty accurate.
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:36 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Internationally, "My Location" is a joke. I'm in Doha, Qatar, Middle East, and my Google Maps says I'm in Dallas, Texas, S Hampton Rd.

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Old 12-20-2007, 10:57 AM   #34 (permalink)
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City/State: Brunswick, ME
Average Radius: 1700 meters
In radius or not: No, approximately 600 meters outside
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Old 12-20-2007, 01:12 PM   #35 (permalink)
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mine is fairly accurate around NYC area.
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Old 12-20-2007, 01:17 PM   #36 (permalink)
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1 Block radius but when I refresh the location it goes further out.
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