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# 39824 19-Aug-2009 20:24
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Hi, I'm thinking about Nokia N97 and would like to use GPS, never used it before. 


Have a few questions:
- is using GPS depends on a phone provider? or its a stand alone device, say like TomTom/Garmin/etc?
- if its depends from the provider, will GPS worked if a phone in no mobile coverage zone?
- where to get maps(freeware perhaps), if I'm not buying it in New Zealand?


Thank you.

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  # 248785 19-Aug-2009 20:41
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My understanding is the following:
1) GPS relies on satellitte, not your mobile provider
2) Your local maps are normally pre-loaded on your phone, so under most circumstances no internet connection is needed...
3) If you use GPS somewhere outside your normal local zone (overseas) for which your device does not already have maps stored on your phone, it will then require to connect to the inernet to download the required maps.




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  # 248787 19-Aug-2009 20:43
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TheBartender:
3) If you use GPS somewhere outside your normal local zone ...

No, I mean around New Zealand and maps are preloaded.

 
 
 
 


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  # 248811 19-Aug-2009 21:32
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Hence, maps are pre-loaded and the GPS will work by itself, connecting to satalitte.

It will not need connection to your mobile carier nor the net (provided you already have the required maps downloaded)

BUT...if you buy outside New Zealand, i is very possible the device will come with maps loaded for the country of origin, and the voice guided navigaion licence will be only for that country...

You can download maps for any country though free of charge, so hence if it does not come with New Zealand maps installed by default, you can just download them (via PC through Ovi) but should you want voice guided navigation, you will likely have to pay extra for the licence.




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  # 248855 19-Aug-2009 23:39
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Thank you for explanation.

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