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freshbarry 27-05-2006 11:37 AM

Who have tried GPS on your cell phone
Who has the experience of using the Nav4All navigation system while you are out? Am I correct in thinking that any Bluetooth mobile phone can be turned in to a GPS device and how does it work? I ask this because I do a lot of mountain bike riding and quite often I get lost so having a handy GPS device with my phone would be great, are they expensive?

Tigriz 29-05-2006 6:22 PM

If I was into biking like you are, then this may work for me. But since my biggest exercise is getting in and out of my car or carrying the groceries out of the store, I for one am not a GPS fan. Aren't you worried someone will be tracking where you are? Maybe I've been watching too much CSI.

freshbarry 30-05-2006 9:30 AM

trust me, if the NSA or President Bush wanna trace you, they can do that even if you're naked...

lpxxfaintxx 30-05-2006 10:52 AM

GPS can be very useful for people like you. The prices can range, depending on the service and equipment. You really need to pick out a good one for you, not just a random one that 'looks' cool.

Tigriz 30-05-2006 11:25 AM


Originally Posted by freshbarry
trust me, if the NSA or President Bush wanna trace you, they can do that even if you're naked...

LOL. Then whatever they see will serve them right for looking!! I bet they won't try it again though!!:D

Triumph 30-05-2006 6:49 PM

How does this work? Do you need a secondary device on your person to interact with the cellphone to act as a GPS? I already have a handheld gps but it does not have bluetooth on it.

freshbarry 31-05-2006 8:40 AM

Er, Triumph, you almost got me, what I know so far about this thing is that, according to their web:" ...the GPS receiver is connected with your cell via bluetooth, and you should have constant GPRS internet connection. The exchange of data between your cell and the central server who provides the digital map is carried out in forms of GPRS..." Beyond that, I really don't know much...

felice206 06-06-2006 10:23 AM

Sounds quite interesting, not sure if I would want GPS built into my phone however, though I'm a bit paranoid anyway so that doesn't help ;)

lpxxfaintxx 06-06-2006 10:36 AM

Are you sure you're paranoid, felice? Or are you carrying around guilty conscience with you? :) There's nothing to be afraid of.

empressmom 08-06-2006 7:09 PM

I think GPS would be very useful to a lot of people. My daughter is away at college, but she does a lot of additional activities (she's a theatre major) that require her to drive around the metropolitan area where she's located. She probably calls me once a week, at least, saying, "Mom, are you near the computer?" because she's on the go and lost. Seems like this would be a very good investment for her, especially since she's graduating soon and moving to--gasp!--Los Angeles! :)

econwriter5 10-06-2006 4:17 AM

The only thing that seems to a small hinderance to using GPS is having to be connected to the Internet. If you're out moutain biking, you might not get the best or strongest singal to connect to anything. Course, it depends on where you're biking.

I believe there are GPS devices you can purchase, and no doubt with the quick advancement of technology it won't matter where you are; you'll be able to get a signal and Internet connection.

empressmom 10-06-2006 6:33 AM

I just read in the last day or two--in fact, it may have been in the news thread on this forum--that Rand McNally, the atlas folks, are going to be providing GPS to mobile phone users for $10/month. That actually seems quite reasonable if you have a need for it. Here's the link to the original article:

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