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  1. dougens

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    Hi there

    I am due an upgrade on my phone and want to get the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini.
    However, as I understand the phone runs Android (google)
    Is this correct?

    I am not fussed about the internet for the phone - i.e. email / facebook / myspace and the like but I do need some form of navigation helper.

    If I use google maps (like the iPhone app) does this cost me in data roaming the same as any other website?
    or
    Does the Android system use a different navigation helper app?

    Basically, I will be using this app a lot and wondered if there were any deals whereby satnav was free?

    If it's not and I have to pay for unlimited data it is crazy pricey.

    Thanks for any help / advice.
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    I've been using Google Nav via the GPS on my DEsire for some time now and the general rule of thumb is around 1MB per 1/2hr travelling. Of course it will be more if you deviate from course alot and a recalc is needed.

    I'm on a 500MB taffic and have never hit it, using GPS around 2 - 3 hours a week.

    should be fine
     
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    Is that including internet usage as well or just google nav?
    Thanks
     
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    You can always pre-install maps over WiFi with MapDroyd or other mapping programs. Once you do that you will not need data.
     
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    Bingo!
     
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    Providing that:-

    1. You don't get lost or diverted from the area of the map you've downloaded.

    2. You do not deviate from your downloaded route for any reason (rest stops, restaurants, places of interest, hotels).

    3. You download the correct magnification/resolution for the whole of your journey.
     
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    i have navigon with uk and eire maps downloaded onto my sd card. works a treat. once u buy the app, ur all set. no more spending. or just rip it from the net like most people do.
     
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    Data is data. There's no distinguishing email data packets from web browsing data packets from data packets carrying map data for your GPS app (or anything else).

    If you're roaming and subject to data roaming fees then you might want to look into nav apps that use locally stored maps. Google Maps Nav does some precaching but it's not really a practical solution if you're frequently out of coverage or travel internationally a lot.

    There's a difference between paying for the app and paying for the data for the app. What you're asking about sounds like the former while it's actually the latter.
     
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    Navigon is not free. Google Nav and MapDroyd are.
     
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    Since the maps are now vector based they should use less data than in the past.
     
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    No MapDroyd downloads WHOLE maps to your phone. It saves them on the SD card. You pick the states/countries you want saved.
     

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