09-24-2008 03:48 PM
I am new to this forum and have a question regarding the ability to unlock the GPS on my Blackberry 8330 Curve that is currently subscribed to the Verizon network? Apparently, Verizon locks the use of the internal Blackberry GPS from any other application except their own Navigator software (which by the way they charge 9.99/mth to use).
I am trying to utilize the Garmin Blackberry GPS software and unfortunately Verizon is preventing the software from recognizing the internal GPS. Does anyone know how to unlock that Verizon restriction?
Thank you for your time.
09-24-2008 05:57 PM
09-25-2008 04:09 PM
I can't imagine that Verizon would have the ability to place a physical block on the internal GPS; and Blackberry would not make an 8330 special for Verizon. I would imagine the block is software related. Anything written in code has the opportunity of being corrected.
Maybe a better way to ask is, does anyone know the specific files needed for the Blackberry device to adequately utilize the internal GPS? If so, do you know where I can obtain the proper version of those files and install them on my device?
Thank you all again for your time.
(John - I really do appreciate the response! Thank you! )
09-26-2008 02:22 AM
You are not alone in your persistence. This has been an ongoing debate for several years. It has been tried and tried and tried and nobody has ever been successful in getting around this block. The BlackBerry has the best security in the industry (that's why you see government and military people using them) and the BB has never been hacked. This Verizon GPS issue has been a topic of VERY HOT debate on every BB forum I've ever been to. At this point, it cannot be hacked.
10-06-2008 12:45 PM
Blackberry makes specific devices for Verizon as they do for At&t and other cellular carriers. There is no way to unlock the gps navigation unless you purchase the Navigator program. This I am 100% certain of. Sorry for the info but that's how it is.
Hope this helps....
10-15-2008 10:50 AM
I can't imagine that Verizon would have the ability to place a physical block on the internal GPS; and Blackberry would not make an 8330 special for Verizon. I would imagine the block is software related.
11-23-2008 06:32 AM
Sorry, Xandrex, but I don't believe you. Can you site a source for this?
GPS Receivers are passive, and do not use carrier networks (they receive from satellites). Map downloads use carrier networks, but map downloads are not disabled.
The disabling of the GPS in the 8330 is most likely done in hardware or in software.
Based on comments re-posted from RIM and Vz reps in other forums, it is mostly likely disabled through the use of signed software code. This also makes it very unlikely that anyone will ever unlock it.
I have yet to see a siteable reference that definitely proves which type of locking is used.
11-23-2008 06:09 PM
11-23-2008 10:34 PM