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    Default Havent kept up, but do phones nowadays need data to use GPS?

    For example, if i got a current smart phone. And decided to not use that phone anymore. Can i still use it as a GPS system?
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    Default Re: Havent kept up, but do phones nowadays need data to use GPS?

    The built-in Satellite radio & Wi-Fi positioning will continue to function. aGPS and location based services will not. Also, if you use Google Maps/Nav, you will need some sort of network connectivity. It's not something I would do, particularly if it were a Samsung branded phone.
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    Default Re: Havent kept up, but do phones nowadays need data to use GPS?

    No you don't. The data in the stock map program is used only for downloading the maps.

    If you use the google maps feature to save sections on a map (I believe you can save 10x10mile sections). You can use the GPS in that section without using data. There are also other mappacks that you can download (not part of google maps) which dont use data while in use.
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    Default Re: Havent kept up, but do phones nowadays need data to use GPS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cory Streater View Post
    The built-in Satellite radio & Wi-Fi positioning will continue to function. aGPS and location based services will not. Also, if you use Google Maps/Nav, you will need some sort of network connectivity. It's not something I would do, particularly if it were a Samsung branded phone.
    thanks. So what app is out there that i wouldnt need a network connectivity?
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    Default Re: Havent kept up, but do phones nowadays need data to use GPS?

    You don't need a data plan to use wi-fi, so you'll still be able to load and update anything you need to with a wi-fi connection. I can't recommend a specific app, just search gps maps or hiking. There are some that give you the ability to dl and save map data for offline use.

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