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  1. #1
    I'm on the verge of getting an N80 (Q: N70 or N80 ?) and I fancy
    getting GPS setup for it like I've seen advertised for the N70.

    Will the N80 run the GPS system on it?

    What exactly is involved in setting the fone up to run it, what do I
    need to buy and are there more than one option?




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  2. #2
    Mehdi
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    Re: GPS on N80?

    On 11 May 2006 01:13:11 -0700, [email protected] wrote:

    > I'm on the verge of getting an N80 (Q: N70 or N80 ?) and I fancy
    > getting GPS setup for it like I've seen advertised for the N70.
    >
    > Will the N80 run the GPS system on it?


    The N80 (as well as the N91 and the E series) runs a newer version of the
    Symbian operating system (Series 60 v3) which is incompatible with software
    developped for the previous versions. It makes no doubt that software
    houses are going to quickly update their apps to be compatible with this OS
    but at the moment i don't know os any GPS sat nav compatible with S60 v3.

    > What exactly is involved in setting the fone up to run it, what do I
    > need to buy and are there more than one option?


    You'll need to buy a bluetooth GPS receiver, the GPS navigation software
    and some maps. Usually, you buy all that in a bundle. Tom-Tom
    (<http://www.tomtom.com/products/features.php?ID=208&Language=1>) is
    usually considered to be the best GPS sat nav system available but there
    are good and cheaper competitors too (see Route 66
    <http://www.66.com/route66/products.php?cid=UK&sec=3&ssec=0&prodid=1698>)



  3. #3
    DavidM
    Guest

    Re: GPS on N80?

    Mehdi wrote, On 11/05/2006 10:14:
    >> What exactly is involved in setting the fone up to run it, what do I
    >> need to buy and are there more than one option?

    >
    > You'll need to buy a bluetooth GPS receiver, the GPS navigation software
    > and some maps. Usually, you buy all that in a bundle. Tom-Tom
    > (<http://www.tomtom.com/products/features.php?ID=208&Language=1>) is
    > usually considered to be the best GPS sat nav system available but there
    > are good and cheaper competitors too (see Route 66
    > <http://www.66.com/route66/products.php?cid=UK&sec=3&ssec=0&prodid=1698>)


    Sounds like a good setup, but you pay top price for it.

    The OP did not mention sat-nav specifically. For a free gps positioning
    system, they could try J2ME Map (http://j2memap.landspurg.net). It acts
    as a mobile interface for google maps. It has a feature that will
    pinpoint your location on the map from a gps signal. Bluetooth GPS units
    can be bought from eBay for 40. Unfortunately my phone can't run the
    latest J2ME apps, so I've not used it. Worth a look though.
    They data costs might be an issue if used to constantly update over a
    long journey, but for individual requests it should be cheap. Much
    cheaper than TomTom @ near 200.

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  4. #4
    Mehdi
    Guest

    Re: GPS on N80?

    On Thu, 11 May 2006 11:10:20 +0100, DavidM wrote:

    > The OP did not mention sat-nav specifically. For a free gps positioning
    > system, they could try J2ME Map (http://j2memap.landspurg.net). It acts
    > as a mobile interface for google maps. It has a feature that will
    > pinpoint your location on the map from a gps signal. Bluetooth GPS units
    > can be bought from eBay for 40. Unfortunately my phone can't run the
    > latest J2ME apps, so I've not used it. Worth a look though.
    > They data costs might be an issue if used to constantly update over a
    > long journey, but for individual requests it should be cheap. Much
    > cheaper than TomTom @ near 200.


    I was not aware of this, thanks for pointing it out. When proper 3G data
    plans will be available, this kind of application sure will be a killer.



  5. #5
    DavidM
    Guest

    Re: GPS on N80?

    Mehdi wrote, On 11/05/2006 11:28:
    > On Thu, 11 May 2006 11:10:20 +0100, DavidM wrote:
    >
    >> The OP did not mention sat-nav specifically. For a free gps positioning
    >> system, they could try J2ME Map (http://j2memap.landspurg.net). It acts
    >> as a mobile interface for google maps. It has a feature that will
    >> pinpoint your location on the map from a gps signal. Bluetooth GPS units
    >> can be bought from eBay for 40. Unfortunately my phone can't run the
    >> latest J2ME apps, so I've not used it. Worth a look though.
    >> They data costs might be an issue if used to constantly update over a
    >> long journey, but for individual requests it should be cheap. Much
    >> cheaper than TomTom @ near 200.

    >
    > I was not aware of this, thanks for pointing it out. When proper 3G data
    > plans will be available, this kind of application sure will be a killer.


    There are some great applications for mapping and gps that I want to
    try, but they run on different OSs or need specific phones.

    Mologogo will show your location on a google map, along with the
    location of friends who have signed up for the service. It ties in with
    a website that tracks your route throughout the day. It can alert you if
    friend are nearby. Trouble is it has been developed for a range of
    Motorola phones with GPS built in that only sell in the US (might work
    with A1000).

    nhGPS can take maps from google. Impressively it can read jpeg/tiff/gif
    maps that the user has scanned or downloaded, and maps in .mjp format
    that only load the part being viewed. The software has a simple
    calibration tool for new maps. Can take GPS location data from internal
    or bluetooth signals, track routes, load route files. Only works on
    Symbian UIQ.


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  6. #6
    Richard D
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    Re: GPS on N80?

    DavidM wrote:
    > Mehdi wrote, On 11/05/2006 11:28:
    > Mologogo will show your location on a google map, along with the
    > location of friends who have signed up for the service. It ties in with
    > a website that tracks your route throughout the day. It can alert you if
    > friend are nearby. Trouble is it has been developed for a range of
    > Motorola phones with GPS built in that only sell in the US (might work
    > with A1000).
    >
    > nhGPS can take maps from google. Impressively it can read jpeg/tiff/gif
    > maps that the user has scanned or downloaded, and maps in .mjp format
    > that only load the part being viewed. The software has a simple
    > calibration tool for new maps. Can take GPS location data from internal
    > or bluetooth signals, track routes, load route files. Only works on
    > Symbian UIQ.


    That whole friend-proximity thing sounds extremely sad if you ask me...
    Which you haven't, so if you do, I will state my opinion :-)



  7. #7
    DavidM
    Guest

    Re: GPS on N80?

    Richard D wrote, On 11/05/2006 17:54:

    > That whole friend-proximity thing sounds extremely sad if you ask me...
    > Which you haven't, so if you do, I will state my opinion :-)


    Feel free, you opinion is very welcome.

    I agree it _could_ be sad. I don't like the idea of geeks leaping around
    screaming "Bob, Bob, where are you? My phone says you are within 50m of
    me", or having someone I don't really like running up and saying
    "Hello". It would also make phone-stalking very easy, no more hiding in
    bushes outside peoples houses :|

    Maybe a non-friend proximity feature would be more useful. It could be
    used for avoiding people you don't like, criminals, charity collectors,
    red light areas, less desirable areas of town.

    It would be interesting to have a mobile app that combines instant
    google maps/aerial photos, local places of interest, bus times/routes,
    community news.



  8. #8
    Bill Kearney
    Guest

    Re: GPS on N80?

    "DavidM" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > > That whole friend-proximity thing sounds extremely sad if you ask me...
    > > Which you haven't, so if you do, I will state my opinion :-)

    >
    > Feel free, you opinion is very welcome.
    >
    > I agree it _could_ be sad.


    Here's an idea, participate in the real world and don't expect technology to
    fake it for you.

    Honestly, want to find out what's going on locally? ASK SOMEONE!




  9. #9
    Ed Chilada
    Guest

    Re: GPS on N80?

    On Thu, 11 May 2006 15:54:10 -0400, "Bill Kearney"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >"DavidM" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]
    >> > That whole friend-proximity thing sounds extremely sad if you ask me...
    >> > Which you haven't, so if you do, I will state my opinion :-)

    >>
    >> Feel free, you opinion is very welcome.
    >>
    >> I agree it _could_ be sad.

    >
    >Here's an idea, participate in the real world and don't expect technology to
    >fake it for you.
    >
    >Honestly, want to find out what's going on locally? ASK SOMEONE!


    And yet here you are posting on your PC to people who you've never met
    instead of going out and speaking to people...






  10. #10
    DavidM
    Guest

    Re: GPS on N80?

    Bill Kearney wrote, On 11/05/2006 20:54:

    >>> That whole friend-proximity thing sounds extremely sad if you ask me...
    >>> Which you haven't, so if you do, I will state my opinion :-)

    >> Feel free, you opinion is very welcome.
    >>
    >> I agree it _could_ be sad.

    >
    > Here's an idea, participate in the real world and don't expect technology to
    > fake it for you.
    >
    > Honestly, want to find out what's going on locally? ASK SOMEONE!


    You are confused. This is a news group for people that communicate via
    small electronic devices transmitting encoded sound using microwaves.

    I can only assume that you are mentally ill.
    Accept my pity, and get well soon.



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