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# 36356 23-Jun-2009 20:31
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Hi All,

Another questions from two non-geeks...

I need a new phone (still!) and wouldnt mind one with a GPS function to save me also buying a GPS unit.  I'd use it for geocaching rather than needing a map function.

We've looked briefly at the LG KS500 as it seems to be the cheapest model out with GPS.  BUt can we use the GPS without hooking up to the internet?  Can we use it to type in some co-ordinates and have it tell us which direction to walk and how far?  I know this phone doesnt have Wi-Fi and so I'd have to sign up to some internet package.

Is there another phone, not too expensive, that would be a good GPS for amateur geocachers?  If I can avoid spending a couple of hundred dollars on a phone and another couple of hundred on a basic GPS unit, then great.

As for other functions, not really fussed as long as I can call and text.  And get woken up when I set the alarm!

Thanks heaps, Karen

PS - cross posted in the mobile handset forum, sorry.

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  # 227786 23-Jun-2009 20:53
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AFAIK you only need the data portion if you wanna get mapping or use something like Google maps. GPS location data from Satellites is FREE!

Correct me if I'm wrong anyone!!

Can't recommend any specific phones though - my new XT handset is basic and lacks GPS.

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  # 227852 24-Jun-2009 08:14
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If you haven't already have a look over on the kiwi gps forums or the site, there will be plenty of others in the same situation as yourself. (Registration required)

I have been thinking of this myself. I am looking at getting one of the new iphone's, expensive but it will replace the following:

GPS (geocache apps are already available)
MP3 player (plus it works with nike+)
Phone (duh)
Video camera (suitable for youtube clips etc, examples I have seen are not to bad)
Navigator (Coming with Tom Tom release and possibly other third party apps)

I will be interested to read a few reviews about the GPS sensitivity of the new iphone, it is one thing to pick up a sat lock in town but you need it to lock under dense bush in the middle of nowhere like a decent GPS with Sirfstar III chip will do.


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  # 227858 24-Jun-2009 08:36
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You mean you can use an iPhone as a phone??? Woah.... what next??? ;)

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