Wait, the iPhone 3GS has GPS???

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  1. dns72 macrumors member

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    I got my first iphone today, the 3GS. When I was coming home, I decided to look at the maps feature. To my surprise, the blue dot on the screen was moving as my car was! Is this charged as part of the data plan?

    BTW, I love this phone. It's the best phone i've ever had. I love it!
     
  2. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    It does. You can also make phone calls with it. ;)

    (P.S. - GPS is free. No extra charge for that... )
     
  3. taeclee99 macrumors 6502a

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  4. braddick macrumors 68040

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    The blue dot's not accurate. My car is burgandy.
     
  5. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Beat me to it, damn. :)
     
  6. jayenh macrumors 6502

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    i lolled.
     
  7. sinsin07 macrumors 68030

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    Clever, all very clever :)
     
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  9. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    While the GPS itself is not charging to your data plan, the downloading of the maps is.
     
  10. hokiepokie07 macrumors 6502a

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    iphone users have unlimited data plan? at least mine is.
     
  11. 7on macrumors 601

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    And here's a news flash, GPS don't require a monthly subscription! (though Verizon and Sprint will have you believing otherwise). Don't believe me? Go out and buy a Garmin. Surprisingly enough you only pay upfront - no future payments required!!! :eek: Shocking!
     
  12. MooneyFlyer macrumors 65816

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    Well, aside from the taxes you pay to maintain the system...

    But, maybe in the future there will be an additional tax on every device as well :(
    http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2009/05/tax-gps-to-save-gps/
     
  13. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    Clever indeed.
     
  14. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Depends on what country you're in.

    The point is, it uses data. For some people that matters and for others it doesn't.
     
  15. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68000

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    except for map updates of course!
     
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  17. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Thank God it has GPS. I was afraid I'd wasted $70 on Navigon for my 3GS.
     
  18. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I think you guys left out, "it's snappier" than all the previous iPhones.....:p
     
  19. nehunte macrumors 6502

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    That's the government tracking you. Beware....
     
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  22. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    Yeah, and the iPhone 3G actually lost GPS ability since 3.0. Cool eh?
     
  23. bradenwh macrumors 6502

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    Spaz, my GPS works fine on my 3G on 3.0. I used it the other day. Worked perfectly.
    Don't try to pass off you problem as universal. Why don't you start a thread about it?
     
  24. Geniusdog254 macrumors regular

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    :O Shocking-er!!! AT&T pulls the same crap on most non iPhones. Even on the iPhone if you get the AT&T Navigator app they charge you $10 a month. My friend has the Impression & she gets charged for maps usage, so does my other friend on his Sony somethin-or-other.

    Basically, AT&T is just as crappy as Sprint & VZW (coming from someone who uses a Sprint aircard daily & has used VZW on friends' phones)
     
  25. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    I'm sorry. I just noticed that I could never get an accurate lock on my 3G, but my 3GS worked perfectly. However, on my 3G 2.2.1, GPS worked decently.
     

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