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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by SlowRain, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. SlowRain

    SlowRain Well-Known Member
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    (We'll see if this gets any votes for dumb question of the week.)

    I don't have a data plan, nor do I want one. I knew the GPS was problematic on the Galaxy S when I bought it, but I didn't really foresee much GPS use. I'm curious to play with it, but don't know how much I'll actually need it.

    Am I right in assuming that the basic GPS is separate from 3G in that I can use it to find my location? I understand that overlaying my location on Google Maps needs 3G (unless I'm using WiFi). However, is it also possible to overlay my location on off-line, cached maps like those in MapDroyd and Maps (-)?

    Also, what privileges/settings do I need for the GPS to communicate with these maps and show my location?
     

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  2. JiMMaR

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    you are correct , GPS and 3g are separate things
    GPS is free to use , 3G is not

    you can use cached maps for navigation (or you can use those navigation apps such as Sygic) and you won't need any data connection at all

    there are no privileges or settings , just make sure the GPS is turned on in your phone
     

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