GPS thinks I'm in Jersey?

Deadman64

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 2, 2008
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My GPS randomly thinks im in jersey sometimes. It seems to only be doing this after 2.1. Should I try restoring my phone?

Also what exactly does restore do? Will I have to reinstall all my apps? Will I lose all txt conversations?
 

Chundles

macrumors G4
Jul 4, 2005
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Are you in Jersey? Because if you are then it's working fine. :D

Try a restore.
 

Etnies419

macrumors 6502
Sep 9, 2008
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I used to get a similar problem with my iPod Touch (obviously not GPS). My wireless router has never been set up anywhere but my house, yet when I tried using the location services on my Touch, it would go to my Dad's house... Now with my iPhone 3g though, it pinpoints me exactly where I am.
 

PoitNarf

macrumors 65816
May 28, 2007
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Northern NJ
Do you have a WiFi connection when this occurs? If you do then probably a neighbor of yours used to live in NJ and had their wireless router there. Skyhook did their wireless mapping and associated that MAC address with a location in NJ. The person then moved, brought their router with them, so when the iPhone uses WiFi to triangulate location, it thinks you're in NJ.

If this is happening when you've got the actual GPS blue dot though... don't have an explanation for that.
 

ski2moro

macrumors 6502
May 3, 2007
320
3
When I was in the Apple Store in Cincinnati, the iPhone showed me in Garden City, NJ. The Genius saw it, too. Their explanation was that the server was located in NJ, so the GPS was getting its location from the WiFi server. Whatever. It still works correctly 99% of the time.
 

Deadman64

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Jun 2, 2008
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Do you have a WiFi connection when this occurs? If you do then probably a neighbor of yours used to live in NJ and had their wireless router there. Skyhook did their wireless mapping and associated that MAC address with a location in NJ. The person then moved, brought their router with them, so when the iPhone uses WiFi to triangulate location, it thinks you're in NJ.

If this is happening when you've got the actual GPS blue dot though... don't have an explanation for that.
I have no WIFI connection, and I'm not in Jersey lol. I'm in State College, PA.

Will a restore possibly fix this? What does a restore do? Will I lose anything [texts, call history, etc.]??
 

PoitNarf

macrumors 65816
May 28, 2007
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Northern NJ
I have no WIFI connection, and I'm not in Jersey lol. I'm in State College, PA.

Will a restore possibly fix this? What does a restore do? Will I lose anything [texts, call history, etc.]??
Remains to be seen if a restore would fix this. Have you tried just restarting the iPhone? Restore just reinstalls the OS. Backup your phone right before the restore and you won't lose a thing. After the restore completes it will ask if you want to restore a previous backup.
 

Deadman64

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Jun 2, 2008
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Remains to be seen if a restore would fix this. Have you tried just restarting the iPhone? Restore just reinstalls the OS. Backup your phone right before the restore and you won't lose a thing. After the restore completes it will ask if you want to restore a previous backup.
ok just checked with a friend. his does the same thing. I tested GPS on Edge and it locates me correctly [not precise but a little circle around], on 3G it thinks im in jersey.
 

PoitNarf

macrumors 65816
May 28, 2007
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Northern NJ
ok just checked with a friend. his does the same thing. I tested GPS on Edge and it locates me correctly [not precise but a little circle around], on 3G it thinks im in jersey.
If it's giving you the blue ring and not the little dot then it's not using a GPS signal.