05-16-2008 05:15 AM
05-16-2008 10:17 AM
From T-Mobile "Support" web site (verbatim): "The handheld does not contain an embedded GPS radio. In order to use GPS mapping on the handheld, you need to obtain a separate GPS puck and connect it to your BlackBerry via Bluetooth®."
Of course, this requires buying the Bluetooth GPS puck. Also, I can only speak for T-Mobile, my carrier/provider.
Hope this helps!
05-16-2008 12:43 PM
I own a 8320 too (Provider is Orange) and can confirm that this model (in the UK at Least) does not have an integral GPS receiver. However, you don't have to buy a blackberry branded receiver, any GPS receiver with a Bluetooth function should work. I already had a receiver that came with TOM TOM software for a Palm T3 PDA, that worked fine.
I tried Orange SAT NAV (seven day free trial) which, although it did the job, was very slow to recalculate a route if I decided to deviate from the suggested route or inadvertently took a wrong direction. This is because there are no maps stored on the blackberry, maps are downloaded as required over the mobile phone network as required, so a deviation of the original route meant a new download. I found this very frustrating as I live in London where it is very easy to take a turning too early and where there are many poor signal areas due to tall buildings etc. I guess it would be fine in more rural areas where there is less likelihood of these issues.
Have you tried Google Maps? It is not a GPS system but is capable of producing a detailed map and directions and you do not require a separate GPS receiver.
08-07-2008 08:18 PM
T-Mobile, 8320 and GPS.
With this combination as indicated a puc will be required. Also the BlackBerry unlimited
data plan;($19.99), will be necessary. The unlimited BB plan appears to open a gate way which T-Mobile blocks with it"s basic unlimited data plan;($9.99). ie, Firewalled, using T-Mobile basic data plan as attempting to set up Live Search Maps, some reference will be made. ( I also tried Yahoo Maps, Google Maps, ect. Thought maybe a glitch of some sort. NOT SO, only the service released by T-Moble's unlimited basic data plan.
I've yet to upgrade plan to persue this combination, but I will soon. Could advise of success or failure.
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08-07-2008 08:32 PM - edited 08-08-2008 03:48 AM
Andrew0418 wrote:I was under the impression that the 8320 has its own GPS device and does not require an external source, am I wrong?
08-08-2008 04:14 AM
Great answer Xandrex! Just a slight correction:
(the 8330 has GPS, although I think Verizon has it shut down unless you buy a GPS service!)
Check out this link.