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GPS without any data connection (N9)

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pzico
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GPS without any data connection (N9)

Hi,

 

I'm curious about how well does GPS work on N9 without any data connection. I've heard two different theories, one saying that I don't need a connection and other that even if I turn off assistive-GPS, the phone still has to connect Nokia servers to check what GPS satellites are available to it. After it has done that, it doesn't need connection anymore, but it still has to locate satellites, meaning that you need to be outside in open space and wait from couple of minutes to half an hour for initial location check.

 

Is this correct? My criteria for phone is that I can just download all the necessary maps on my phone and then visit what ever country I want and use GPS without having any data connection. Is this possible?

 

I'm having some trouble finding clear information how mobile GPS really works in contrast to car GPS devices, so any information is welcome. And if I find something, usually the answer is just given as for license and operator specific reasons (=other parties making money) it's not possible to expect mobile phone GPS to work even near as well as car GPS.

 

-zico

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aspergerguy
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Re: GPS without any data connection (N9)

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pzico wrote:

 

My criteria for phone is that I can just download all the necessary maps on my phone and then visit what ever country I want and use GPS without having any data connection. Is this possible?


Yes it is although relying totally upon Internal GPS with compromise in GPS antenna size/position within N9 may be frustrating without utilising Assisted GPS via network conection.

 

In the enclosed screenshot "Device positioning" has to be enabled to allow GPS to function even though I am using external Bluetooth GPS receiver and as there is NO SIM in device it can't utilise Network but could access WLAN if nearby.

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