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No satellite's even in an open field - No GPS

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  1. audioi

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    If I have tower coverage than I have satellites, normally 7 to 9 of them. If there is no tower coverage then I have no satellites which means no maps & no GPS which really makes me want to toss it. Has anyone else run into this?
     

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    Where are you using that phone?
     
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    We were out on the bikes in the middle of PA but it has happened near home also. Like I said, no bars no GPS.
     
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    Mapdroid. Without data no maps unless you have maps preinstalled like mapdroid.GPS will then work with a map base.
     
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    I think this was previously explained as something along the lines of, if the phone has no signal from a tower, the gps won't work as it doesn't have that initial triangulation from your tower location.
     
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    I can put my Droid in airplane mode (no data), and GPS will work with mapdroid and google earth. You have to only have a basemap downloaded.
    Regular google nav needs to download data (maps) in order for GPS to have a referance. No referrance no GPS.
    Download a basemap of some kind and the GPS WORKS GREAT.
     
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    Basemap???

    If I download mapdroid it says I could be open to viruses?
     
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    MapDroyd from the market is very safe. Just download the country you will be using.
     
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    OK I will give it a go.
    Thanks
     

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