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Old Jul 12th, 2008, 11:56 PM   #1
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Does the GPS feature use data?

Please excuse my ignorance, but does the GPS feature in the 3G iPhone use data that can be charged to your account?
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Old Jul 13th, 2008, 12:06 AM   #2
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It's a valid question if you're not used to data devices. Yep, it uses your data, and a lot of it, so you should consider a higher data plan like the 6GB for 30$ plan.
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Old Jul 13th, 2008, 12:10 AM   #3
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even when it just uses the GPS satelites?
Lke the one I have in my car? That is free no?

What if I shut off Edge and wifi, so it would be forced to use the sats, will I be charged?
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Old Jul 13th, 2008, 12:21 AM   #4
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Satelites are accessed through the data features of your iPhone, not anything seperate. If you turned off your EDGE/3G it would not be able to contact the satelites.

You can use it on WIFI though, although apparently that costs money too with Rogers.
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WOW so I guess I'm SOL without a data plan then eh?

Ok thanks for the info.
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Old Jul 13th, 2008, 12:40 AM   #6
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To clarify: using GPS DOES NOT use data. It's loading the Google maps that uses data. So theoretically, if there was an app that preloads maps on the iphone, you shouldn't need a data plan to use the GPS.

And no, Rogers does not charge you to use the wifi feature (unless of course if you're using a hotspot.. but that's a different story).
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Old Jul 13th, 2008, 12:41 AM   #7
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I called Apple on this one. If you load the maps from home using wifi and turn of edge/3g it will just use the satellite.
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Old Jul 13th, 2008, 12:46 AM   #8
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How do you pre-load maps?

How do you pre-load the maps? Would you, for example, plan a route, then follow the route on your phone, then go to the car (with the 3G/Edge off)? If you did that, would the phone buffer/cache the maps and know when to use them?

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I called Apple on this one. If you load the maps from home using wifi and turn of edge/3g it will just use the satellite.
correct, using gps uses no data but loading google maps does.
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Old Jul 13th, 2008, 01:38 AM   #10
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Oh, I didn't know that, if a program did preload the maps, it wouldn't use data.

Sorry to mislead you bmovie. Although for now anyway it seems like it's using data.
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