Does GPS work even if you don't have a data plan?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by self, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. self macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Can't seem to find the answer by searching... Is the GPS somehow tied in to your data plan or is it independent of that (seems like it would be the latter)?
  2. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502


    Nov 25, 2007
    It can receive the signal from the satellite, but it needs the web (ie cell data) to download the maps. if someone releases a true GPS app for it including locally stored maps then I think it could be possible.
  3. self thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Ahh forgot about the maps. I guess it would still be useful to know your GPS longitude and latitude sometimes, even without the maps. Like if you were on a raft in the middle of the ocean.
  4. michaelmaxwell2 macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2008
    Thru wifi yes or else it will be 1 cent per a kb. I would prefer a sat. phone option. As long as there is a blue sky you can call :)
  5. Me1000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
    how do you plan on getting an iPhone without a data plan?

    or are you in some country that doesnt require one (which IMO is sad...)
  6. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Just don't get the iphone wet, as Applecare doesn't cover water damaage. :)

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