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Old November 29th, 2012, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default A-GPS question

I have never had a smart phone before (current phone looks like it came from a Christmas cracker) but am about to buy one. Have found an Android phone that ticks all my boxes but I have a query that is stopping me buying and I cannot find a consistent answer and it could be a deal breaker.

Basically, GPS is really important for me as I want to be able to use an app like Strava to go out running and map my routes. However, I am going to "pay as you go" for the odd text message and receiving/making calls in an emergency, and use wifi 99% of the time. The phone I have seen lists the GPS type as A-GPS. I understand this makes for a quicker fix than standard GPS on a phone, however, how will it work away from wifi?

If I start running from home I can use my home wifi to get a fix, but then will it continue to track as I move away from the wifi source? And what about if I want to start it tracking away from a wifi source? From what I read, you can switch off the A-GPS, but does this mean it just uses standard GPS? In other words, is an A-GPS enabled phone exactly the same as a GPS enabled phone if you switch the A-GPS off? Can it still get a radio signal from the satellites?

The phone manufacturer said, "the phone will require connection to the Internet in order to obtain data regarding your positioning at that moment in time though this may vary depending on the application."

That makes it sound like an A-GPS phone is no good for me?
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