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Topic # 32051 9-Apr-2009 17:35
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Hi I just got a 2nd hand PDA, iPAQ RX4540. While playing and looking around on it, I found that it can do GPS. Could someone help on how to get it going, please?

I'm sorry if this thread should be on GPS Forum instead.





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  Reply # 206227 9-Apr-2009 17:59
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I do not believe the 4540 has a GPS chip on it? May be a blue tooth for external GPS?

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  Reply # 209847 27-Apr-2009 17:55
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I've got an Okta Touch (WM6.1) that does have GPS and I'm wondering myself what is the best way to go about this.

Google Mobile Maps is free to download, but I'd imagine it would cost me heaps in data charges from accessing google.com? As I try to not use the internet much (or at all), so I'm on the casual data rates rather than an actual plan.

So what is the best alternative for me to use for free?




 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 209861 27-Apr-2009 18:35
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^ Google Mobile is actually a good freeware and won't cost you much, if anything at all. The trick is when you're at home / have access to external internet, load up Google Maps and just scroll through all the areas you might go to, and at the zoom levels you need. All that data would be stored in the cache, and next time you fire up Google Mobile, it'll just load from the cache. Of course, it'll still need to access the net if you want to perform a search, but then it won't download much data.

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  Reply # 209871 27-Apr-2009 18:52
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I'd like "not much" data = zero

As at $9/MB that is over the top!




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  Reply # 209875 27-Apr-2009 18:57
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$9 per MB?! Are you on Telecom?

Anyways, if you want a freeware solution which includes directions/search - there exists none!

Commercial alternatives though do exist that work without a data connection, like TomTom for Windows Mobile, or iGO8

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  Reply # 209892 27-Apr-2009 19:36
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yup, I have an Okta Touch as I said above (Okta is the Telecom rebranding of HTC phones)




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  Reply # 209894 27-Apr-2009 19:38
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as above your best option instead of buying a full pledge GPS navigation system, grab an after market software such as garmin or tomtom and get the free maps personally since I am on vodafone I use their compass on the blackberry hasn't failed me yet.

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  Reply # 212723 5-May-2009 23:17
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You could try MGMaps...

there is a geekzone blogpost here that explains how to set it up on a Nokia 6275i... The important part is the getting of the googlemaps cache files and how to put them onto a datacard...

Non-routable, but at least you wont be paying any data charges to get the map data.

Failing that, try over at gps.org.nz

They have info on some free opensource-type GPS projects (NZ Open GPS Maps, OpenStreetMaps etc)

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