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Does the Droid need a cell signal for GPS?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by madmathew, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. madmathew

    madmathew Lurker
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    I'm in Iraq and I don't have cell service but I was trying to get the GPS to work and I didn't get anything. Do you need cell service for the GPS to work? The GPS symbol shows up but I got no map. Maybe I didn't let it search for satellite's long enough?
     



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  2. celios

    celios Well-Known Member

    The map is loaded over the cellular data connection, so if you have no cell service you won't get a map from Google Maps. The GPS should be able to give you your lat / long coords without any cell service. although it uses the cell towers to give an initial rough estimate so it will take longer to get a position with no network. I think there are a few alternative mapping apps that use maps stored on the device, but you'll need to google a bit as I can't remember what they're called.
     
  3. madmathew

    madmathew Lurker
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    That's OK, I'll be out of here soon enough. I just wanted to try some of the features out. It sucks to have it and not have any service yet:(
     
  4. celios

    celios Well-Known Member

    If you can get to somewhere with a WiFi connection, Google Maps will use that to load the map data instead. It still might be a bit slower picking up a lock, but if you have clear blue skies that'll help :)
     
  5. waremaster

    waremaster Well-Known Member

    If you are in iraq and serving in the armed forces I would like to Thank You for your Service.
     
  6. youllberad

    youllberad Newbie

    Ditto. I thank you as well.
     

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