1. jimmyfingers's Avatar

    I have just purchaed the Freedom Keychain GPS 2000 for my Blackberry Curve 8300 and need help getting it set up. I have paired the device with my BB but when I open Blackberry Maps all I get is a message saying aquiring satellites and nothing else of use. I heard the reviews for this product were good so I bought it and now need some advice on what software I should get and how you may have installed it and used it effectivley. I travel for work alot and wanted this to be a lightweight, compact solution for me. I would like to have a set up similar to Garmin or Tom Tom, both of which I have used before, but on my Blackberry. I live and work in Cairns Australia so need this to be region specific.

    I have also tried the GPS Unit outside and inside and I still do not get the flashing Ornage light indicating Satellites are found.

    Any advice you can give would be a great help

    Thank you very much

    11-08-08 07:04 PM
  2. jeffh's Avatar
    After you have paired with the Blackberry, and with the Freedom Keychain 2000 turned ON, go to Manage Connections / Bluetooth Options / Keychain GPS 2000 / Menu / Device Properties / Menu / Refresh Service List.

    You will first see the message: "Waiting for Keychain GPS 2000"

    Watch closely. If next you see this message: "Unable to connect to Keychain GPS 2000" flash on the screen, turn the Keychain 2000 off and back on again and try again. You have to watch. The message will appear momentarily, then go away.

    Once you have successfully refreshed the list, the blue light on the phone should start blinking.

    Note: Google Maps cannot keep the Freedom Keychain 2000 locked. The puck requires a regular acknowledgement from the device, or it goes into battery-saver mode and drops the bluetooth connection. Google Maps is unable to provide this acknowledgement. Blackberry Maps can. So if you want to run Google Maps, it will be necessary to start Blackberry Maps first, let it sync with the GPS, then exit it without closing it and start Google Maps. If you do this, Google Maps will run with no problem.

    READ THIS FIRST: It occurred to me after I posted that you might not have told BBMaps to use the Freedom as its GPS source. Menu / Options / GPS Settings.
    Last edited by JeffH; 11-08-08 at 10:01 PM. Reason: More info
    11-08-08 07:35 PM
  3. jimmyfingers's Avatar
    Hi Jeff

    Thanks for getting back to me.

    I followed all your suggestions and I did indeed get the "Unable to connect to Keychain GPS 2000" message. I turned off the puck/device and then it seemed to work and I got 3 or more blue flashes on the phone as you predicted.

    I also looked at whether my GPS Source under advanced options was the Keychain and it does appear to be so, GPS Data Source....Keychain GPS 2000.

    Just went outside to see what I could get and Google maps was kind of working in that I could zoom in on my house, the orange light was flashing indicating it had aquired satellites but when I switch to BB Maps it again reads "aquiring satellites" which it fails to do and shortly after the orange light stops flashing.

    Any ideas?

    11-08-08 10:32 PM
  4. jeffh's Avatar
    Don't close BBMaps. Use the escape key to exit BBMaps and leave it running in the background when you start Google Maps. BBMaps has to be running in the background to keep the GPS from shutting down.
    11-08-08 10:38 PM
  5. bravo19's Avatar
    I followed the instructions you guys have here, but my yellow light on the puck stays solid. And of course BB maps still says "searching for satellites". Any ideas?
    11-23-08 07:14 PM
  6. jeffh's Avatar
    If you are in a location with a clear view of the sky, the yellow light should start blinking after a minute or two, whether you're connected to a BlackBerry or not. If it doesn't, you may have a defective unit.
    11-23-08 08:35 PM
  7. bravo19's Avatar
    If you are in a location with a clear view of the sky, the yellow light should start blinking after a minute or two, whether you're connected to a BlackBerry or not. If it doesn't, you may have a defective unit.
    Yeah, my GPS yellow light finally started blinking after several days. Now it does it when it wants too. So i'm sending it back and will get another one. Wish me luck..i'll let you guys know how it goes.
    11-30-08 08:24 PM
  8. jeffh's Avatar
    I've only known one other person that had to return a defective Freedom. He got a replacement that worked perfectly. It sounds like you're going to be the second. I'm sorry you had a problem with yours. I'm sure the Freedom folks will make it right for you.
    11-30-08 09:04 PM