GPS works terrible in NYC area

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by varchar, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. varchar macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2008
    I am trying to figure out if it is only my phone, but the GPS works terrible in NYC area (at least the areas where I am). I am using the GPS Tracker application, Google Maps and I even decided to write my own to test things out. The GPS coordinate updates are so inaccurate and do not update frequently.

    Anyone experience similar problems?

    Specific areas of poor quality:

    lower manhattan
    midtown manhattan
  2. briansolomon macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2005
    Murfreesboro, TN
    In general I have had less than perfect GPS reception in major cities with large buildings on my car gps. Just my two cents..
  3. Scallywag macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2007
    Yeah it's really jumpy here in the city. I find it works a bit better sometimes with wifi off when you're walking, because there are so many networks to join, as you walk it's constantly switching between them, and it gets confused (at least it seems that way). Helps battery life, too.
  4. eric11546 macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2008
    You hit it right on the head. My TomTom and Iphone does the same thing. It has to do with the buildings. It is funny to watch sitting in traffic and the GPS has you going sideways.
  5. varchar thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2008
    Interesting enough my indashboard car GPS works so much better than the iphone GPS... same area, same time...
  6. littlewaywelt macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2007

    GPS is very tough in cities with tall buildings that block line of sight to the satellites.
  7. wandaloop macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2008
    GPS problems from 2.0.2

    When I purchased my brand new 3G one month ago, v 2.0 gave me a great experience through the GPS: it used to work fine in the city, the country, on my car.... and always.

    SInce I actualized to v 2.0.2, GPS just works with WIFI, rarery under 3G and never with EDGE.
    A GPS wich just works with WIFI its absurd, I always know where I am when under WIFI :eek:)
    Its imposible to use it on my car or all the places it used to work

    Apple care told me its not usual, but Im not the only one to have reported this problem to them (!) So, someone else its suffering this outside!

    Maybe 2.1 will solve this? Hope so!


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