Do you need to be on a network to use the GPS feature on the iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by loft3, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. loft3 macrumors regular

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    If I'm traveling in another country and I turn off roaming, my iPhone is basically an iPod Touch with GPS.

    Does anyone know if the GPS works independently of a cellular network, or do you need to be on a cell network to use the GPS?
     
  2. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    I'm pretty sure that you need to be on a cell network. One time my iphone showed me 5 bars of At&T but no Edge or 3G sign. And Maps told me that I had no internet connection...or something like that.
     
  3. Sirobin macrumors 6502

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    GPS will work fine, but the maps won't load (at least not in the official Maps app) so it doesn't do you a whole lot of good.
     
  4. notintheleast macrumors 6502

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    I can get the GPS to work at my house where I have no service, but I have wi-fi. I don't need the wi-fi when using G-maps.
     
  5. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    The GPS will work. It will always show a blue dot.

    Find a wifi spot and you can load a map under it. If not you can see a blue dot on a blank background.
     
  6. Theaser macrumors 6502

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    As long as you are connected to the Internet, yes you can.
     
  7. SummerBoy macrumors regular

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    Maps will work, but you won't get your exact location without 3G connection. With wifi alone, only arounds.
     

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