iphone as GPS

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 21:18
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Do you get charged when using the iphone maps?
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Reply By: Bryan (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:03

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:03
Hi Twinkles,
If you use the gps s/w and then use google maps to locate yourself, then depending on your phone plan you may pay for the data that is downloaded to the phone.

hope this helps
Bryan
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Reply By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:17

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:17
Hello Twinkles.

If you are using any of the programs that rely on Google Maps, then you must have mobile phone reception and a data plan of some sort (sometimes included in the normal plan). The phone downloads the maps over the mobile phone network as you travel along. In general, Google does not like you storing the maps on the phone but some programs have found ways around that. In any case, no reception, no maps and you are tracing a line on a blank screen. The download data can add up pretty quickly so watch your plan carefully. Also, no spoken directions with this option.

If you buy either Tom Tom or Sygic from the App Store, then you have all the maps on your phone and no longer need phone reception for the GPS to have maps. This option has turn by turn spoken directions. There are no topo maps readily available for these apps so you are restricted to named streets/roads etc.

The GPS in the iPhone is an "assisted GPS" which means it uses the mobile phone towers via triangulation to help get a fix. It will still work out of reception area but can take a long time to get a satellite fix. Mine took about 20 minutes out near Oodnadatta. The iPhone antenna is one of the poorest I have used, but I still like the phone a lot. Also, the battery drains at an alarming rate when using a GPS program like Sygic.

Cheers,
Mike
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 09:49

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 09:49
From what I can ascertain it has both GPS and AGPS.

If it didnt it wouldnt get a fix out of touch with towers

Nokias have the ability to turn off AGPS but cant find how on my 32S.

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Reply By: S&N - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:55

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 22:55
i dont know what your laws are like over there, but you can get charged in more ways than one over here (VIC), as they now say that as it is predominantly a mobile phone, using it for navigation is using a mobile phone and therefore illegal!
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 23:01

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 23:01
Obviously we were talking about hiking. We wouldn't dream of using it in a car? Don't want to encourage VICs to break any laws no matter how idiotic.
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Reply By: S&N - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 23:06

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 23:06
oh........in that case.......yes the laws are really being aimed lower than the slowest person over here, i think they get the slowest person, imagine him having an inbred idiotic second cousin who is married to someone half their IQ, then imagine these two people reproducing, and aim the laws at their childrens idiot mate!
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 23:16

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 23:16
I don't understand, I think I am someone near the end of that sentence? Mate I reckon that law is idiotic, not VICs....I like the place and the people.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 23:22

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2010 at 23:22
Come to think of it, hey Twinkles did you mean charged like booked by police or charged like pay for?
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 08:08

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 08:08
I think S&N was saying that there are laws making it illegal to use a mobile phone in a car whilst driving, and as the gps function is on a mobile phone, it then is regarded as using a mobile phone, and you can be charged by the police for doing it.

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 09:43

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 09:43
I read somewhere recently that they are amending that law to make it legal to use it IN A CRADLE COMPLETELY HANDSFREE.

However if you are holding it (the phone) in your hand but not actually using it you will get fined .

Doesnt stop many from still yacking on from what Ive seen.
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 09:49

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 09:49
Well now they are making sense. You shouldn't be able to hold a normal GPS in your hand and drive either.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony V (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 14:46

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 14:46



From Article located here

"According to Traffic Services Commander of the NSW Police, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley:

Under Rule 300 of the Australian Road Rules, which prohibits the use of a hand held device while driving, if the unit is a mobile phone then any function connected to the phone would be classified as use and this includes GPS.

Rule 299, of the Australian Road Rules permits a GPS but not one connected to a mobile phone. A smart phone is still a mobile phone regardless of what else it may be capable of."

That means that even if you buy TomTom’s iPhone bracket and stick your iPhone in it to use the device as a satnav, because the iPhone’s still a phone, using it is against the law. The same rule goes for any Nokia device offering turn-by-turn navigation, any Telstra phone with WhereIs… If your satnav has a SIM card or mobile phone capability, then you run the risk of being fined."


I agree it is idiotic, it is a very fine line using a GPS as a Blue Tooth hands free for your mobile, the only difference may be around reading SMS text or emails coming in on the iPhone.

There again I think phones should be just that... phones... :)
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 10:45

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 10:45
If in a car when mobile....then YES...by the POLICE.


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Reply By: TerraFirma - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 12:50

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 12:50
It works really well and you don't get charged apart from the data used when accessing the Internet etc. I use Motion X GPS for off road stuff, it's an awesome app.
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Reply By: Member - Cantiva Clay (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 13:40

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 13:40
Hi Twinkles, Pop into your local apple shop as apparently there is a car adaptor with a built in gps receiver improving on the std unit significantly. I could probably find out more details if you want.
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Follow Up By: Steve63 - Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 16:54

Thursday, Jan 07, 2010 at 16:54
Some of these also act as a handsfree device for the iPhone as well. The TomTom bracket certainly does.

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