07-27-10 11:09 AM
I'm going to cut to the chase with this one:
Has anyone been able to crack a Blackberry so that use of Google maps could be free and unobstructed?
I've owned a Blackberry in the near past, and then I sold it for a profit, but I'm seriously thinking about purchasing another, this time to keep. I'm aware that Blackberry expect you to pay for a data plan, ect, but call me crazy, I'm not going to pay a small fortune for a phone (relatively speaking) and then fork out a monthly fee to use a GPS which is already built into the phone.
We've walked on the moon (allegedly), we're on the cusp of cloning human beings, so surely to goodness some bright spark has been able to use Google maps on a Blackberry, without having to pay a fee.
I'm from the UK. I'm intending to unlock my new phone.
Last edited by SlayerX19; 05-23-10 at 08:30 PM.05-23-10 08:14 PM
- You don't need a data plan to use the GPS. It will receive the satellite signals and calculate your position. If you want to display your position on a map, you have two options. Either buy the data plan so that Google and other GPS apps can download maps in real-time, or use one of two apps that allow you to preload maps to a media card. They are intended to be used in areas where you don't have a cell signal. They are TrekBuddy and Mobile GMaps. I haven't used either.05-24-10 09:37 AM
Oh, and I'm on pay as you go, so I'm not on a contrat.05-24-10 12:31 PM
- You don't need a data plan to use the GPS. It will receive the satellite signals and calculate your position. If you want to display your position on a map, you have two options. Either buy the data plan so that Google and other GPS apps can download maps in real-time, or use one of two apps that allow you to preload maps to a media card. They are intended to be used in areas where you don't have a cell signal. They are I haven't used either.
Isn't there anywhere that you can download google maps, and then transfer it onto a memory card? And if there were, could you use the GPS with the maps?05-24-10 12:35 PM
- 05-24-10 02:21 PM
- No, there's no way to download Google Maps in advance and store them on a media card. With the exception of the two apps I noted above, all GPS mapping apps require you to download the maps in real time. I've never used a BlackBerry with wifi, so I don't know if any of them can get maps via wifi without a data plan. If they can, that might be usable in some urban settings where wifi is prevalent.
It's a good thing that I haven't got the phone, as I would be stuck in a bit of a quaindry. I think I'll take a wee bit more time to assess the situation and then take it from there.05-24-10 09:17 PM
Best of luck,
Gary07-06-10 04:12 PM
- TrekBuddy is the best app out there for this i think.
ive got a link on another thread in this forum to an application that downloads to your desktop. you use that then to create maps from google maps and you can then store them on your sdcard and have TrekBuddy point to the SDCard to read the maps. you dont need any data plan for this and you can fit a good sized map on there. I've got a map of ireland in 3 zooms (not very detailed to very detailed). so i suppose it would take too long to create the maps of the entire america but i would imagine with a little work you could get a 500 mile radius map on there in good detail.(you could do all of america but it would take ages)07-27-10 09:24 AM
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