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    Question GPS on 8703e

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    My device is GPS capable, enabled and I've downloaded blackberry maps to work with GPS. It appears that Verizon doesn't offer GPS on the BB. However, other phone's use the VZ Navigator! This pisses me off, what can I do to get the GPS on my phone to work?

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    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ Sprint is the only provider that offers that. I guess some kind of deal was made between RIM or TeleNav??

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    Hello balcopc, welcome to pinstack. Obviously Sprint-Nextel is the main provider of gps enabled BB's that can be used without a gps reciever, but it appears Alltel's 8703 can be used without a gps reciever as well. Least thats what it says on telenav.com.

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    I thought the phone (8703e) was a GPS receiver? If Verizon enables GPS on some phones, why not the BB?

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    All phones that are in production today have GPS built into them, but not all of them can use that gps for navigation. Not sure why some can but some cant.

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    Forgive my ignorance but can't it somehow be cracked..or enabled?

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    Re: GPS on 8703e

    Hi guys,

    I'm completely new to GPS enabled devices and love the potential of them.
    I do have a few questions about the service in general.

    Do you need internet access or access point to use a GPS navigator (not a phone, but a regular gps device)?
    If not then could a gps enabled phone obtain data without going through the carrier?

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    Re: GPS on 8703e

    farhanabad, Welcome to PinStack.

    For a dedicated GPS Receiver, you do not need access to the internet or data services. That is because a dedicated GPS Receiver usually has adequate memory to host the maps needed for use. A smart phone such as the BlackBerry devices, do not have enough dedicated memory for adequate hosting of the maps.

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    Re: GPS on 8703e

    ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~ also internet access is not needed to receive or navagate using an external non phone GPS the telemetry data is transferd from the satelites directly to the GPS no internet intermediate is needed

    If that helps any

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    Re: GPS on 8703e

    Thank you very much for the welcome and for the information. Yes this makes alot of sense. But do you guys see devices with much larger dedicated memory soon?
    Take for example the N95 from nokia, it sports a 5GB hard drive, I'm not saying thats enough but at this rate I strongly believe that its not too far. 2 years at the most, just a guess.
    Will be interesting to see how carrier strategize around this.

    Are there any resources that could help me get more detailed info on this topic.

    Thanks again for your help

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