Originally Posted by MICP1480
Ok, so let me see if I got this. The ONLY program to allow the factory installed GPS on my Verizon 8330 is the Verizon Navigator. Now, If I want I can purchase a GPS receiver and then bluetooth it to my 8330, and then all I would need is to get a hold of some mapping software. Finally, if I got to pay subscription for this mapping service, then we are back to square one, where Verizon charges a monthly fee as well. I am wondering if I made a mistake aborting my Treo with windows base OS. What a mistake i made.
What people are saying is you can do one of three things:
1) Pay $10/month to Verizon and use VZNavigator
2) Pay $10/month to Verizon and us some other GPS programs (Blackberry Maps, Google Maps, you name it). Most of these are FREE to obtain and FREE to use (other than if you have a data restricted plan).
3) Pay something like $50-$100 (depending on model and source) for a Bluetooth GPS receiver and use it with whatever GPS software you desire (and don't pay Verizon $10/month).
Choice is yours. If the convenience of 1 device is more important to you than the cost, you might want to go one of the pay Verizon routes. If cost is more important, get a puck. If you want to "stand on principle" and not do either, write letters of complaint to Verizon executives and the Better Business Bureau, and be prepared to just wait it out. There are unsubstantiated RUMORS that by the end of this calendar year the situation should clear up (there will be 3rd party apps that can use GPS without paying for VZNavigator), but nobody at Verizon will put that in writing, let alone commit to anything being approved.