GPS (sorta) on iPhone

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot



    Gizmodo points out a new 3rd party application that has appeared on


    Navizon uses cell phone towers to pinpoint your location (within a few hundred yards) and is able to push those coordinates to the Google Maps application.

    The result? Free GPS(ish) functionality on the iPhone.

    Article Link
  2. macrumors 6502a

    i hope they get it working well, that would be awesome :)
  3. JC4
    macrumors member

    I like it! Beats the hell out of typing in the current location.

  4. macrumors Core


    I don't have an iPhone, but whoa :eek:
  5. macrumors member

    Sitting in my house, looks like the massive cell tower outside my window isn't "Known" yet since it can't locate me....bummer.
  6. macrumors 65816

    This is awesome. It is apps like this that are going to make me end up hacking my phone. I hope Apple sees that this is a possibility and creates something like this.
  7. macrumors 68000

    I just installed this, but all I get when running it is the message: "Your location could not be identified. No known Cells or WiFi nodes in range".

    I'm in a fairly highly populated suburb of LA right now, so nowhere obscure. I guess their coverage isn't 100%
  8. macrumors 6502a


    I installed Navizon this morning. I registered (quick and easy).

    But, haven't been able to get it to work. I keep getting "Unable to Locate - Your location could not be identified. No known Cells or WiFi nodes in range."

    I was on WiFi and had good service. I get lost a lot, I could really use this.

    Edit : (Guess I'm not the only one.)
  9. macrumors 68020


    Can't locate me... damn it... I am using WiFi and Cell...
  10. macrumors newbie

    I got this thing working as soon as I read the post on Gizmodo a few hours ago, but when I hit "Locate" it thinks I'm in North Hollywood, California! Strangely, it would have been accurate a year and a half ago when I actually lived there... no idea how it found that location instead of Uniontown, Ohio where I actually am right now! :eek:
  11. macrumors regular


    GPS app

    Just release a dam GPS app already. Team up with Garmin or TOMTOM, this is the only thing stopping me from getting an iPhone
  12. macrumors 6502

    It won't get my location from my office (full signal) but when I step outside, it gets it right away, right down to the cross street.
  13. macrumors 68030


    Works great for me. The little push-pin landed right outside my front door.
  14. macrumors 65816

    Clive At Five

    Wow, whoever did this beat even Geohot to the punch. Granted he did say he was going to spend less time on the iPhone and more time on college.

    His GSM project Blog. Not much progress yet.

  15. macrumors demi-god

    Spanky Deluxe

    It would need to have signal to more than one tower for it to be able to triangulate. Maybe its not working for some of you folk because you're not connected to enough towers. Just a theory mind you!! Or maybe the tower's locations have to be manually programmed into the software. ??
  16. macrumors 6502a

    After about two minutes of searching, it found nothing.

    I live minutes from downtown Portland, OR.
  17. macrumors 604


    Bummer :(

    Would LOVE to see real GPS on this cutie.

  18. macrumors 6502a


    lol people, there are obviously bugs...its a first release. Give it an update or two and Im sure they will have it working good.

    Sheesh :rolleyes:

    PS. I get the same "unable to locate" error too.

    Keep in mind that the user name/pw are case sensitive.
  19. macrumors member


    Exactly what I thought. I just found it while being bored and looking through It's a great app (if and when it works).
  20. macrumors newbie

    Appears to not work in Raleigh, NC...

    Anybody know how to get on the team with navizon to contribute locations of towers?....

    furthermore, how do you determine where a tower is for your company?!
  21. macrumors 6502


    does it work for the ipod touch?

    this may be a dumb question - but does the and this gps thing work for the ipod touch or are they still working on hacks for that since it's still new. just curious..
  22. macrumors newbie

    im at the university of colorado-boulder and it doesnt work
  23. macrumors regular

    Real GPS?

    This is helpful and there is no reason that Apple couldn't update the iPhone to add this feature (if they wanted to). I would prefer they open up the bluetooth function to permit the use of the small bluetooth receivers that are available. With an accurate "you are here" locater in Google Maps you would have a really useful simple GPS. Turn by turn voice directions are nice, but not really necessary.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Seems to work very well here... (Colorado Springs, CO)

    FWIW, this will get better as time goes on.. the Navizon software uses a database of cellphone towers and WiFi bases that have been submitted via users with GPS units... So if no one has 'logged' your area yet, you're not going to get any results ;)

    If you have a GPS and navizon capable device (See for details...) you can help out and get paid for it too!
  25. macrumors regular


    same error message here. I have just updated my area for coverage on there site, so i will see if this makes a difference. hope they fix this soon.:apple:

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