non-activated Droid... GPS works???


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  1. kimixii

    kimixii New Member This Topic's Starter

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    Just as the title says, I am wondering if the GPS on the Droid will be able to connect and work without the phone being activated on Verizon. I would have an offline GPS app that has all the maps downloaded so I wouldnt need a 3G connection. Would the phone still be able to pick up the satellites and my position even if im not on Verizon? Thanks.

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  2. PKSmart

    PKSmart New Member

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    My new Droid 2 is not activated on Verizon. I can use GPS and Wifii. I also use SIP when I am connected to wifii so I can use google voice.
     
  3. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

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    Yes.
     
  4. G.Armour

    G.Armour You know you want to. VIP Member

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    I don't see how, maybe on wifi, but the gps relies on the network. I have been using my GPS and ran into a bad signal area and my GPS quit working on me before.
     
  5. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

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    This is a very common misunderstanding. Your GPS app may require data coverage (depends on the app). The GPS receiver, however, does not. The receiver and the app are 2 distinct and separate entitites though many people seem to lump them together. All your receiver does is determine your current location using the GPS satellites and all it provides latitude and longitude. Everything else (maps, points of interest, routing, directions, voice prompts, etc) comes from your GPS app.

    If all GPS receivers always required data coverage then the standalone GPS units would be worthless. Many of them aren't even data capable.

    WiFi isn't relevant. If you're using WiFi to determine your location then you aren't using GPS. WiFi can help if your app needs data to operate and it's the only option for data.

    This is why comments such as "I downloaded the latest Google Maps and now my GPS doesn't work/isn't accurate/etc" don't make any sense. Updating Google Maps has no effect on the GPS receiver itself. It's a falsely assumed causal relationship where there isn't one. If there's a problem in such cases it's coincidental. GPS Status is useful for troubleshooting such situations and for resetting the aGPS data. I've needed the latter on a number of occasions.

    Download GPS Status or a similar app. Next time this happens, run GPS Status and you'll see that your receiver is able to determine your latitude and longitude just fine without data coverage. It's your GPS app that gave out on you.
     
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