GPS Dilemma

May 6th, 2014, 05:05 AM
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The GPS signal is indeed not the same as what's needed for the phone to work as a phone, so no roaming costs.

You might want to qualify that statement.

IF your GPS app uses maps that are locally stored and IF it does not need to get data over a network, then using your phone as a GPS device will not affect your data plan (roaming or otherwise).

However, IF maps or other data (POI, traffic, etc.) needs to be retrieved over a network, then data plan charges will apply as applicable.
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May 6th, 2014, 06:26 AM
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When you download French maps, make sure you disable speed camera location facility. It's an offence, and you can be heavily fined or even get your car impounded.
http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice...in-france.html
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May 6th, 2014, 06:38 AM
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The work around for that is to stop calling them "speed cameras" and call them something else such as "Danger Zones" like TomTom does.

http://uk.support.tomtom.com/app/ans...rvice-legal%3F

New update: TomTom Speed Camera service becomes Danger Zones in France
TomTom had a meeting with the Road Safety Ministry to clarify the situation regarding new and upcoming legislation. As a result, TomTom is introducing a 100% compliant Danger Zones service available in a free download for compatible products.


So, if you use a TomTom, be sure to enable Danger Zones if you want to be notified when to exercise special caution. *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*
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May 6th, 2014, 07:33 AM
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Good hikers. It was the Garmin customer service rep that told me it could not be bought that way. I wish they knew what they were talking about!
Or maybe I just should have depended on my own research.
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May 6th, 2014, 08:11 AM
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>>>
unfolded over your bedspread every evening in the hotel to make new plans, unlike a GPS device
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But the flip side is it's very inconvenient to spread a Michelin map over your steering wheel while driving... ;^)

I now have 4 TomToms. One for each car and the oldest one retired to a desk drawer when a new one came along. By all means get a new TT but don't cheap out... get one with bluetooth so you can use the hands free phone feature.
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May 6th, 2014, 08:15 AM
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I love paper maps but the old school feel and "fun" of map navigation takes a backseat to the domestic tranquility from using a GPS.
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May 6th, 2014, 06:53 PM
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However, IF maps or other data (POI, traffic, etc.) needs to be retrieved over a network, then data plan charges will apply as applicable.

I'm waiting to hear from my sister but remember a sign that we did have data off .. if a place were already listed in the TomTom list of points of interest (POI), then it could be selected for navigation destination.

If we wanted a place not on a list, then there would be an "error." We did such searches in the evening, with hotel/B&B WiFi access.

The TomTom app is a big download, all of the map data surely. It had to be downloaded with the phone connected to WiFi.
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May 6th, 2014, 07:09 PM
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I have a Garmin probably older then the one grandmere has. Last May I updated it once again, took it to Provence and had absolutely no problem.

However due to the age/size I cannot so an "all of Europe" update. I have to pick the country and just update that

As for customer support, the one time I used it they were incredibly helpful.
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May 6th, 2014, 07:10 PM
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Ok I just looked. Mine is a Garmin 370, which I have carried all over. It is with me on a business trip right now.
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May 7th, 2014, 09:03 AM
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If you decide to buy a new GPS, it is helpful to have it for a while before you go, so you are familiar with how it works.
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May 7th, 2014, 11:12 AM
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Hey Surfmom, just an FYI... jailbreaking and unlocking an iPhone are not the same thing. You need to unlock the phone to use a different sim card. Jailbreaking refers to opening up some different software interfaces and letting you do some different things with the software. Its generally pretty easy to jailbreak a phone. Getting it unlocked is something only the provider (At&t, Verizon) can do. Or you can buy one unlocked.
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