Discussion in 'iPhone' started by lians60, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. lians60 macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hey guys,

    I'm having issues with my GPS location, its very inaccurate at times.

    The inaccuracy occurs mostly when im indoors. In at work it will say i am 1.5 miles away from my actual location. When at my girlfriends house, it will say im 10 blocks away.

    However, when using her iPhone3g the GPS location is spot on, this is the same case when using all 3 of my coworkers iPhone 4's.

    Is the 4s GPS faulty or could it be specific to my phone?

    Please help!

    BTW - I have Sprint, and live in NYC
  2. neutrl macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2010
    Mine works excellent and I'm with Sprint in Philly...

    Could be your device, or the buildings in NYC depending on where you're at....
  3. zekkragnos macrumors 6502a


    Jun 24, 2010
    I'm having the same problem, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't :(
  4. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Who is your carrier? When I had Verizon and my Droid X, my GPS location was consistently off, or the range was very broad. AT&T has always been pretty accurate.
  5. RotaryP7 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2011
    Miami, FL
    Honestly, could be faulty. My 3GS used to have the same problem. It would work on and off. Never had the issue with the 4 and now the 4S. I'd take it to the Apple store. Tell them what's wrong.
  6. SirStrumalot macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    Minneapolis, MN
    lol if this is true, the guy who used Find My Friends to spy on his wife/girlfriend should probably re-evaluate :p
  7. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    I've only had my GPS produce significantly inaccurate data when I was in a hotel room on the 25th floor of the Bellagio Casino in Vegas. I attributed it to the structural materials of the building and possibly the elevation. Is this happening in a variety of locations or just someplace particularly challenging?
  8. lians60 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2010
    It happens mostly when i am indoors.

    This is very frustrating!
  9. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    GPS does not work indoors. Location services on your phone will use a variety of data sources. If you're outside, you'll get GPS position (from the GPS satellite constellation) and your location will be accurate within a few feet.

    If the phone can't get adequate GPS signal (needs clear view to at least 3 satellites), then it falls back to secondary methods of determining location - triangulating on cell towers, and WiFi location databases.

    You're probably getting WiFi location, which is placing you based on the IP of the router. It can be off by MILES.
  10. lians60 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2010
    Thing is, every other iphone 3g, and iphone 4 i've tried had no issues. Also, my blackberry had never had this issue before.

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