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  1. HTCThunderbolt

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    I know I have to have Google location on. I only use the stand alone for navigation. But what about VZW location services.. What is that for? Vzw nav? Can I turn it off?
     

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    found this yesterday, on another forum as i was doing some research
    not a straight answer, but will provide you with sufficient information to decide what you want to keep on for what purpose.
    --thread response on similar topic from another site, user Razor02097:--

    "Google location services isn't like a GPS service... It actually uses your VZW location service and/or GPS to acquire your location and using that you can search for things around you. For example... you want the phone number to the nearest Lowe's. Type "Lowe's" into Google and the first result should be the nearest location with address and phone number.

    The VZW location services triangulate your location using the cell towers. This is the exact thing that E911 uses to track where the caller is. Enabling the VZW location services only allow apps to use that service to track your location.

    In terms of increased battery life, It really depends on how much it is used...

    The Stand alone GPS is just like it says. It is a GPS device that tracks your location. This is the most accurate type of location service. The phone is smart enough that it will only use the GPS when it is needed. So even if it is enabled it will not actually turn on until an app that tells it to do so. Battery life savings will depend on how much you and your apps normally used the GPS. Disabling it when you don't need it will not necessarily increase your battery life.


    Look at widgets like weather and news. Most will poll your location using the VZW location service. Some might actually use the GPS. It really depends on the app. "
     
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    Hmm.. I dont know what to do.....
     
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    additionally,

    "1. VZW Location Services: Uses Verizon cell towers to triangulate your position, pretty accurate. I don't think it uses additional batteries, because it's relying on the cell signal.
    2. GPS: Uses GPS satellites, should be most accurate but in my experience isn't very reliable unless you're outside. Eats up batteries, because you're turning on a separate component in the phone.
    3. Google Location Services: Uses a combination of IP address and wi-fi access points to determine your location. Least accurate, but usually reasonably close, and doesn't require any additional battery use."--(user id:Torgo)

    from what i understand--it means that when you enable it, and this message pops up,

    "by selecting vzw location services, you are enabling verizon wireless and third party authenticated and validated location services to access certain location finformation available through this device and/or the network"

    that as long as you have the option checkmarked, Verizon & any of its affiliates (Internal marketing & third party marketing affiliates) can pull statistical data (like google analytics) to see the bulk of consumers locations for (marketing) business purposes & could in turn tailor specific marketing campaigns to higher density areas based on their cell phone information poll (hence the location information).
    this might not be the sole purpose, but that's a thought.

    i don't have it enabled.
    if some VZW app requires it, i'll enable it. until then, i'll disregard its existence :)
    this is, of course, my paranoid response but it's what is practical to me.
     

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