IPhone GPS Travel in Europe

Sep 19th, 2009, 06:14 AM
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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?
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Sep 20th, 2009, 12:09 AM
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The "GPS" on iPhone is an assisted GPS.


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.
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Sep 20th, 2009, 10:18 AM
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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.
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Sep 20th, 2009, 10:27 AM
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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.
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Sep 20th, 2009, 04:44 PM
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That would be...definitive answer.

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