- 02-03-2011, 02:38 PM #2
iPhone on AT&T doesn't use true GPS unless paid for as well. It uses aGPS which does not access satellites directly. So it uses cell towers and wifi hotspots to get info. So if you want true GPS like the Garmin app you will have to pay.
- 02-03-2011, 02:39 PM #3
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- 02-03-2011, 02:50 PM #6
I think this is what the original poster was referring to.
Verizon confirms that aGPS on the Pre Plus is locked down
I am a pre owner, for the next 7 days, anyway, and can confirm it is true.
I am sure that they worked with Apple on this. They solved it, it seems, for Android, I can't imagine them telling Apple tough on this one.
- 02-03-2011, 02:52 PM #7
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- 02-03-2011, 07:25 PM #9iPhone Beginner
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AT&T does not charge anything extra for full satellite GPS. Nor would Apple allow such crippling of their hardware, as a previous poster mentioned.
- 02-03-2011, 07:27 PM #10
even when I paid for Verizon Navigator on my Curve it would not work with any other application. It would not let the built in camera app geo-tag a picture. I could sometimes get Blackberry's map program to work but I had to constantly pull the battery to do it. The GPS on the Curve really only talked to Verizon Navigator.
- 02-06-2011, 11:22 AM #12
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- 02-06-2011, 12:32 PM #15
The iPhone has a GPS antennae installed. It has Google Maps installed, but does not have a TBT app installed. You must buy that separately. Google maps is great for finding routes and everything you can do with Google Maps on your computer. But it doesn't do voice navigated turn by turn (it does have turn by turn, but you must manually advance the turns, and it does not speak the directions).
AT&T offers a app with a monthly fee. Others are available through the app store, either at a one time cost or monthly fee. Presumably any Verizon user will have access to the apps in the app store as well as any app that Verizon may offer.
I reviewed some of the TBT apps over the past few years. Navigon and Magellen were my favorites, and the ones I still have installed on my iPhone.
- 02-07-2011, 08:40 AM #17
aGPS *IS* true GPS. aGPS simply uses cell towers to pre-crunch GPS data so that it can resolve location much faster than a small mobile device can in the wild. If you're ever off-grid and away from data the GPS goes un-assisted and just takes a long, long time to resolve.
Google Maps on iPhone offers walking directions built in.
- 02-07-2011, 09:02 AM #18
Those saying that their GPS on verizon doesn't work well might just consider that the GPS reception on the phone might not work right. I've used GPS with google maps and other free location sensitive apps with my BB storm and never had a problem. Contrast that with the Archos 5 I have that is not carrier bound, and is slow to pick up a GPS signal, and drops it easily. Though based on Rene's comment, it might just be that the Archos doesn't have aGPS.
No verizon conspiracy here.
- 02-07-2011, 11:02 AM #19
I don't recall if the others do.
Here is a link to the review index, although I am not sure how up to date it is.
Edit: Posted link for iPad reviews, not iPhone.
Last edited by cjvitek; 02-07-2011 at 11:17 AM.
- 02-07-2011, 11:22 AM #20
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- 02-07-2011, 12:48 PM #23
Apple chooses a smaller company that is more likely to work with Apple on Apple's terms (Cingular)
Cingular get's bought by AT&T/becomes AT&T, and lives up to the terms Cingular agreed to
Apple Kicks @$$ and takes name, history is made
Verizon has to allow Apple to be Apple. To "EARN" the iPhone.
- 02-07-2011, 11:38 PM #24
I can confirm that the Verizon iPhone aGPS is working perfectly! I walked outsite, fired up MotionX Drive, and it found my location from a dead start in about 3 seconds with 5 bars of signal on the GPS! It even gets it indoors in my house. My Palm pre could not do that at all. So, fortunately, all the GPS apps will work great. I am so pleased about that!
- 02-08-2011, 11:51 PM #25
Drove to work today with MotionX GPS Drive with instant GPS lock and flawless performance. Verizon iPhone aGPS appears to be unhindered by Verizon, and working perfectly. Such a change from my poor Palm pre that was crippled by Verizon.