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Smartphones claiming to have GPS do not have GPS at all... they have intern

By rjfleming2 ·
Smartphones claiming to have GPS do not have GPS at all... they have internet access to GPS. I own an HTC pda with complete Tomtom GPS downloaded and it works everywhere in Europe w/o any internet access or billing at roaming rates that are astronomical! Doesn't anyone realize they will pay out the nose to use their GPS when driving out of their roaming area?! The only problem is I am having trouble finding any device to replace my aging HTC that has REAL GPS installed - Does anyone know who is making such a device anymore? internet GPS is a true scam....
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by TobiF In reply to Smartphones claiming to h ...

Well. These devices DO have a GPS chip installed to find out your current position.

However, not all smartphones will show you your current latitude/longitude directly on the screen, but you may make this piece of information available to, say, an online map application.

But, of course, as you're driving around, your online navigation application will continuously send updated location data to the server, and will all the time receive updated map data, at least for places where you haven't been before. but even if you have a piece of the map in your cache memory, the navigator may download updated information about current traffic situation etc.

And yes, data roaming IS expensive and in many cases outrageous. Even with the new price caps for data roaming within EU (only valid for SIM cards from the member states) it is still expensive.

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