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mmetheny Sep 19th, 2009 06:14 AM

IPhone GPS Travel in Europe
 
Next week we are travelling to Germany, with a drive through Prague. We are considering purchasing a GPS, but thought that an IPhone or IPod Touch with GPS would be more useful due to the other travel apps and entertainment for the trip.

I don't get good answers from AT&T or Apple. I hate spend $500 for an IPhone and service only to find that it doesn't work. Does anyone have experience with this?

ParisAmsterdam Sep 19th, 2009 07:43 AM

This may help:

http://www.gpsreview.net/tomtom-iphone-app/

greg Sep 20th, 2009 12:09 AM

The "GPS" on iPhone is an assisted GPS.

http://forums.mactech.com/ubbthreads...hone_GPS_issue

As you noted, Apple does not tell you this in a straight forward manner. http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html , it only says it is "assisted."

The problem is not that it does not work. It works in the Europe at a very high cost http://www.chicagotribune.com/travel...,7403227.story. The U.S. unlimited data plan does not extend to Europe. You need to add an international data plan: http://www.wireless.att.com/learn/in...ravel-tips.jsp . Even with this plan, it is very expensive.

If you want to use a GPS a lot, get a real GPS with European map preloaded; e.g. Garmin x7x series (270,275,370,770, etc). You get unlimited uses without a surprise bill waiting for you when you come home.

susanna Sep 20th, 2009 10:18 AM

I was just reading on the istore site that they have an app that is a "TomTom". It will turn your iphone into a gps and I believe that it does not need an internet connection to function. It is expensive though, $99, but cheaper than a gps .
Damn, we need Robes for the infinitive answer.

CarolA Sep 20th, 2009 10:27 AM

I would go with the real GPS. I have an Iphone and it's just not as reliable for being "updated" etc. as my Garmin.

susanna Sep 20th, 2009 04:44 PM

That would be...definitive answer.

Carol, are you using the tomtom or just the map app?


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