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  1. jrowe81's Avatar
    Anyone else have a solid love hate relationship with VZ Navigator or is it just me? When you need it the most it doesn't work, when you don't really need it boom fast as can be. I checked for updates but there are none to be had. AAAAHHHH BOOOOOO.
    01-25-09 02:36 AM
  2. nathalie584's Avatar
    I had to delete mine because it was always sending me to the wrong locations. I would put in a search for a restaurant and when I get there it would be a warehouse in the middle of nowhere.It probably needs updated info. On top of that it can be really slow that by the time it talks, you could be at your location already. It wasn't worth paying the $10 per month for me.
    01-25-09 03:48 AM
  3. xliderider's Avatar
    I agree, VZNav isn't that good. My Garmin nuvi is much better, and has more POI information.
    01-25-09 04:54 AM
  4. cdf3's Avatar
    It was faster and more accurate on my prevoius phone. It takes longer to boot, updates directions slower, and keeps opening back up after closing it on my BlackBerry.

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    01-25-09 05:51 AM
  5. anon(368121)'s Avatar
    It's a much better performer on my Storm than it was on my Curve. Starts up in a quarter of the time and the larger screen is a lot nicer too.

    On the Curve it usually got me where I wanted to go, and the POI information was pretty accurate. The gas price and traffic features worked as advertised. Once in a while it would be unable to reroute after a detour, and also give me directions to turn at a given intersection after I'd passed through it (hopefully related to the slower processor on the Curve).

    It'll be getting a decent workout tomorrow as I drive from Detroit to Midland MI (not that difficult a route once you get away from DTW, but it's an unfamiliar area for me so I'll be relying on VZ Nav for the first half-hour of the drive anyway).
    Last edited by Dodge Deboulet; 01-25-09 at 07:27 AM.
    01-25-09 07:23 AM
  6. RicanMedic78's Avatar
    I think its more of a phone compatibility issue rather than the software. I think the curve, as great a phone as it is, just has wayyy too much capability for what the memory/processor allows.

    I'm no fan of navigator but u are all right, it works much better on other phones than it does on the curve!

    I lose GPS, I get late directions, crashes and problems when calls and text's come in during the navigation, continuous hour glass issues, etc. its just .... A MESS!
    01-25-09 08:53 AM
  7. TwinsX2Dad's Avatar
    VZNav is a great tool... for dumbphones. At least it used to be.

    The Curve is more than capable of handling it. Any LG or Moto will run it.

    With the latest updates, it looked to be a better deal, but the latest updates just bogged it down. Added was gas prices and other point of interest stuff, but the code was sloppy. Dumbphone users are thrilled with the functionality & don't notice the flaws. If I had a Voyager or iPhone, I'd probably not mind it and would possibly trumpet its virtues. I won't run those phones and can't tolerate the same inaccuracies that I'd find in GoogleMaps or some other half-baked application.

    Yet VZNav does find my house, while Google still shows open desert. Neither gives correct directions to my office, though.

    I like Garmin, but not the Nuvi. My cars have nav systems & my Curve is loaded with Garmin for BlackBerry. The Garmin on my Curve usually gets the routes that the car nav systems mess up and it has all the toys VZNav claims + some.

    And there is no monthly fee. Buy it once, then leave it be.

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    01-25-09 12:30 PM
  8. douglaswilson's Avatar
    i like it. ive had no problems with it on an 8830 and on my storm. it works well for me.
    01-25-09 12:43 PM
  9. cdf3's Avatar
    VZNav is a great tool... for dumbphones. At least it used to be.

    The Curve is more than capable of handling it. Any LG or Moto will run it.

    With the latest updates, it looked to be a better deal, but the latest updates just bogged it down. Added was gas prices and other point of interest stuff, but the code was sloppy. Dumbphone users are thrilled with the functionality & don't notice the flaws. If I had a Voyager or iPhone, I'd probably not mind it and would possibly trumpet its virtues. I won't run those phones and can't tolerate the same inaccuracies that I'd find in GoogleMaps or some other half-baked application.

    Yet VZNav does find my house, while Google still shows open desert. Neither gives correct directions to my office, though.

    I like Garmin, but not the Nuvi. My cars have nav systems & my Curve is loaded with Garmin for BlackBerry. The Garmin on my Curve usually gets the routes that the car nav systems mess up and it has all the toys VZNav claims + some.

    And there is no monthly fee. Buy it once, then leave it be.

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    Was it fairly easy to setup your Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Curve with the Garmin?
    Does it work with the built in GPS, or will I have to purchase something like the Freedom Keychain?
    Is it voice navigated?

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    01-25-09 03:55 PM
  10. stryker1800's Avatar
    i didnt like Vznav it would never detour properly for me one particular road it likes to make me go down has had a bridge out for quite some time now and vznav would never properly detour around it.
    01-25-09 03:59 PM
  11. TwinsX2Dad's Avatar
    Was it fairly easy to setup your Verizon Wireless BlackBerry Curve with the Garmin?
    Does it work with the built in GPS, or will I have to purchase something like the Freedom Keychain?
    Is it voice navigated?
    It is turn by turn with voice prompts, just like the standalone Garmin or TomTom devices.

    You can get a package that includes a GPS puck or it will work very well with the Freedom Keychain.

    Currently, it will not work on most 8330s without a puck. I have a developer version of the firmware on mine, so it does work for me without a puck, but it is more sensitive to interference - so I usually use the puck.

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    01-25-09 04:29 PM
  12. cdf3's Avatar
    It is turn by turn with voice prompts, just like the standalone Garmin or TomTom devices.

    You can get a package that includes a GPS puck or it will work very well with the Freedom Keychain.

    Currently, it will not work on most 8330s without a puck. I have a developer version of the firmware on mine, so it does work for me without a puck, but it is more sensitive to interference - so I usually use the puck.

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    I was looking into getting the Garmin with the puck a while back, but someone claim it will not work since Verizon Wireless has the gps locked.
    Which Garmin model should I get?
    Do you happen to have the link?

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    01-25-09 04:38 PM
  13. Exiled Bulldawg's Avatar
    I had to delete mine because it was always sending me to the wrong locations. I would put in a search for a restaurant and when I get there it would be a warehouse in the middle of nowhere.It probably needs updated info. On top of that it can be really slow that by the time it talks, you could be at your location already. It wasn't worth paying the $10 per month for me.
    Restaurants that have been closed for a long time are in the POI list, too. My Nuvi has better information and costs 75 bucks to update each year. BB Maps is free and I think a better solution.

    I am checking against Google maps for local stuff now. Google usually can tell within 2k meters of where I am, close enough to use for looking up things like Target and such.
    01-25-09 05:10 PM
  14. Chrisy's Avatar
    i still love VZ NAV. It get me where i want to go and i've found the POI up to date.

    My complaint is the long green splash screen on start up and the kinda laggy interface in the menus.

    Once the navigation starts it's pretty flawless. i've not had it mess up and i've used it to search for restaurants and hotels and all kinds of things.

    i was impressed when my vz nav got me right to the door of biosphere 2 in oracle az. There was one sign to it off the highway and that was it. i was convinced i'd never get there....but i did with no problems.

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    01-25-09 05:23 PM
  15. ok4a56's Avatar
    I use VZ Nav with no issues at all. So far it has been 100% on the money. I see no lag on my 8330. I have no reason to go to any other GPS device. I think it is worth the $10 a month to have it on the phone. Love it.
    01-25-09 06:25 PM
  16. Iceman's Avatar
    Same here no problems with VZ Navigator.
    01-25-09 06:30 PM
  17. jrowe81's Avatar
    Eh I just deleted it BBMaps works fine with my phone and doesn' give me the same headache. Go with that until I buy a puck or something.
    01-26-09 11:05 AM
  18. TwinsX2Dad's Avatar
    I was looking into getting the Garmin with the puck a while back, but someone claim it will not work since Verizon Wireless has the gps locked.
    Which Garmin model should I get?
    Do you happen to have the link?
    Garmin for BlackBerry. Simply go to garmin.com & search for BlackBerry. There are only two flavors - with or without puck. Same software & it is a lifetime license - the lifetime of your BlackBerry, that is.

    The puck gets you the GPS capability your device lacks.

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    Chrissy, is there anything left to see at the Biosphere2?
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    I think what it comes down to is this. If you need turn-by-turn & don't mind paying $10/month & don't want a puck, you won't go wrong with VZNav. If you want a better solution & don't mind a puck or don't want a monthly charge, Garmin is very nice.

    A side benefit of the puck is full compatibility with other apps, like Trapster, online maps, etc.

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    01-26-09 11:32 AM
  19. thissocialistworld's Avatar
    it would p!ss me off when it wouldnt find restaurants by my house but find them 50 miles away in a dif town, so i deleted it.
    01-26-09 11:34 AM
  20. stengen's Avatar
    I said bye bye NAV some months ago. Slow, buggy and if I am talking on the phone I miss exits and have to U-turn.

    I like a standalone GPS for navigation, however if the "lovely" folks in the communist towers would allow other apps it might be nice to have location based weather, news etc. etc.
    01-27-09 11:57 AM
  21. anon(368121)'s Avatar
    It'll be getting a decent workout tomorrow as I drive from Detroit to Midland MI (not that difficult a route once you get away from DTW, but it's an unfamiliar area for me so I'll be relying on VZ Nav for the first half-hour of the drive anyway).
    The trip from Detroit to Midland went without a hitch, and VZNav guided me accurately the entire way. The only issue I encountered was that the automatic lock would kick in when its timeout was reached, and my Storm would both lock and dim the screen. On my Curve, VZNav would remain active and the backlight lit for as long as it was running.

    I'm suspecting that it uses Input Simulation to keep the application active (and the screen lock at bay), but there's either a bug or incompatibility with .85 that's preventing it from working properly. I've verified that the security timer reset and input simulation privileges are enabled for VZNav in Advanced Options | Applications.
    01-27-09 04:58 PM
  22. rwking's Avatar
    I take 1-2 calls a day about VZ Navigator not working. The problem seems to be some of the applications permissions are incorrect. Here are the correct settings.

    Options->Advanced Options->Appliactions

    Edit Permissions at VZ Navigator

    Connections, Interations, and User Data should be set to ALLOW. If set to custom then change.

    Explode Interactions.

    Screen Capturing and Browser Filtering set to DENY (the BOLD DENY. Storm users, Screen Capturing is not an option for you.

    Save permissions, restart VZ Navigator.

    Hope this info helps
    01-28-09 07:07 AM
  23. Chrisy's Avatar
    thanks for the correct settings, rwking!
    01-28-09 08:57 AM
  24. fpatano's Avatar
    Vznavigator is wonderful on dumbphones, horrible on the blackberry, its the most annoying thing in the world. The app is super slow, doesn't know where half of the things you search for are and magiclly decides to open itself when it feels like it. I have been an avid supporter of vznav since its inception, but can't stand it now that I have a blackberry.

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    01-28-09 09:58 PM
  25. anon(368121)'s Avatar
    Vznavigator is wonderful on dumbphones, horrible on the blackberry, its the most annoying thing in the world. The app is super slow, doesn't know where half of the things you search for are and magiclly decides to open itself when it feels like it. I have been an avid supporter of vznav since its inception, but can't stand it now that I have a blackberry.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    You haven't stated which BB you're using, but my guess is it's a Curve or 8830WE.

    On the Storm, the experience is entirely different. It's not without minor irritants, but it sure runs a helluva lot faster.
    01-29-09 04:00 AM
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