I live in Tijuana. My father sent me a Droid X from Motorola (from Verizon, deactivated). So he sent me a cell phone without a plan/carrier. The WiFi worked, so I am still able to use it for many things. Here is what I can do: I can be out & about in the city without WiFi, open Google Maps, with street names and everything showing, and have my location pin-pointed. I do require WiFi to get DIRECTIONS but directions are not needed when you know where you are and you know where on the map you are going. If I get the directions while in WiFi, I can keep the directions too, I just can't hit back while the app is open (I can hit home and then return to the app and the directions will be there). There is my experience. My question: What allows me to use the GPS and Google Maps outside of WiFi? Is it stand alone GPS?