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  1. #1
    TCS
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    My samsung a500 has a "location" feature. I dunno if this uses GPS
    or cell tower triangulation.

    Are there any websites that use this feature?

    Seems like the weather webpages ought to take advantage of the feature,
    but they don't.



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  2. #2
    Phillipe
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    Re: vision / location,gps enabled webpages

    In article <slrnblc7pl.627.The.Central*****[email protected]>,
    TCS <The.Central*****[email protected]> wrote:

    > My samsung a500 has a "location" feature. I dunno if this uses GPS
    > or cell tower triangulation.


    Its cell tower triangulation, and is supposed to allow 911 to know where
    you are calling from, and hopefully save lives in emeregency situations.
    It also shortens your battery life if that feature is "ON".



  3. #3
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: vision / location,gps enabled webpages


    "TCS" <The.Central*****[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:slrnblc7pl.627.The.Central*****[email protected]
    > My samsung a500 has a "location" feature. I dunno if this uses GPS
    > or cell tower triangulation.
    >
    > Are there any websites that use this feature?
    >
    > Seems like the weather webpages ought to take advantage of the feature,
    > but they don't.


    It supposedly uses a hybrid of the two.

    Tom Veldhouse





  4. #4
    Lawrence G. Mayka
    Guest

    Re: vision / location,gps enabled webpages

    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > "TCS" <The.Central*****[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:slrnblc7pl.627.The.Central*****[email protected]
    > > My samsung a500 has a "location" feature. I dunno if this uses GPS
    > > or cell tower triangulation.
    > >
    > > Are there any websites that use this feature?


    > It supposedly uses a hybrid of the two.


    Yes, gpsOne/SnapTrack technology makes use of *both* GPS signals and cell tower
    positioning, in order to get the necessary accuracy in *both* urban/indoor and
    rural/outdoor situations:

    http://www.snaptrack.com/

    Unfortunately, Sprint currently provides no service other than E911 that uses
    this wonderful technology, nor has Sprint made available an Application
    Programming Interface (API) that would let 3rd-party developers write
    applications that use it.





  5. #5
    TCS
    Guest

    Re: vision / location,gps enabled webpages

    On Wed, 3 Sep 2003 12:28:53 -0500, Thomas T. Veldhouse <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > "TCS" <The.Central*****[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:slrnblc7pl.627.The.Central*****[email protected]
    >> My samsung a500 has a "location" feature. I dunno if this uses GPS
    >> or cell tower triangulation.
    >>
    >> Are there any websites that use this feature?
    >>
    >> Seems like the weather webpages ought to take advantage of the feature,
    >> but they don't.

    >
    > It supposedly uses a hybrid of the two.
    >


    Do any webpages use the feature?

    According to the phone's help page: "Turning location on will allow the
    network to detect your position, making some Sprint applications easier to
    use. ..." What applications might these be?



  6. #6
    MikeyG
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    Re: vision / location,gps enabled webpages


    Phillipe wrote:
    > *It also shortens your battery life if that feature is "ON". *


    I am curious. Please direct me to proof of this. I know it has been
    discussed but please let me know where I can find definitive figures
    for this.

    MikeyG

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  7. #7
    Lawrence Glasser
    Guest

    Re: vision / location,gps enabled webpages

    Phillipe wrote:
    >
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > MikeyG <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > Phillipe wrote:
    > > > *It also shortens your battery life if that feature is "ON". *

    > >
    > > I am curious. Please direct me to proof of this. I know it has been
    > > discussed but please let me know where I can find definitive figures
    > > for this.

    >
    > Now I am not sure.
    >
    > <snip>


    You need to get your facts straight, before posting.

    Larry



  8. #8
    R Woods
    Guest

    Re: vision / location,gps enabled webpages

    I've tested my phone having location turn on and off. I did not notice
    any difference, if there was, it was too small to notice.

    --
    Statements made by me are of my opinion and knowledge, and do not
    express those by Verizon Wireless(R).
    Any information I give is subject to change without notice, and may not
    be completely accurate.


    Phillipe <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > MikeyG <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > >
    > > Phillipe wrote:
    > > > *It also shortens your battery life if that feature is "ON". *

    > >
    > > I am curious. Please direct me to proof of this. I know it has been
    > > discussed but please let me know where I can find definitive figures
    > > for this.

    >
    > Now I am not sure. I started searching and have found indirect
    > references both ways. It affects battery life, it doesn't. I guess it
    > depends how its implemented. Apparently every provider did it
    > differently. If your cell phone has to talk "more" to the towers for
    > E911 location that would shorten battery life. If it gets E911 when its
    > confirming its on the Network as it always does, then I presume battery
    > life would not be affected. In Sprint's case they have added a GPS chip
    > which would draw power when in use, and therefore to some degree would
    > shorten battery life.
    >
    > When driving in the city I leave it off.
    >
    > Any SprintPCS employees know? I would guess they would not want to talk
    > about anything that could shorten battery life.
    >
    > I will continue my research.
    >
    > ==========
    >
    > I did find this:
    >
    >
    > E911 Location Service were poromoted because in theory could provide:
    >
    > * Real-time driving directions to a desired location;
    > * Traffic information services that identify the area of the cellular
    > phone user to determine traffic congestion and offer alternate routes;
    > * Real-time identification of location to enable automatic charging at
    > road toll booths;
    > * Vehicle assistance for locating the site of a broken down vehicle or
    > the nearest automobile service station.


    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  9. #9
    SprintPCS Tech
    Guest

    Re: vision / location,gps enabled webpages



    "Thomas T. Veldhouse" <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    >
    > "TCS" <The.Central*****[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:slrnblc7pl.627.The.Central*****[email protected]
    > > My samsung a500 has a "location" feature. I dunno if this uses GPS
    > > or cell tower triangulation.
    > >
    > > Are there any websites that use this feature?
    > >
    > > Seems like the weather webpages ought to take advantage of the feature,
    > > but they don't.

    >
    > It supposedly uses a hybrid of the two.
    >
    > Tom Veldhouse
    >
    >


    True. I've recently found out that the "GPS" / "E911" feature uses the
    true GPS system or a combination of GPS and tower triangulation (network
    ops finaly got back to me on this). (Not as I was told by someone else
    earlier that it was solely triangulation).



    [posted via phonescoop.com - free web access to the alt.cellular groups]



  10. #10
    sfhub
    Guest

    Re: vision / location,gps enabled webpages


    SprintPCS Tech wrote:
    > *True. I've recently found out that the "GPS" / "E911" feature uses
    > the
    > true GPS system or a combination of GPS and tower triangulation
    > (network
    > ops finaly got back to me on this). (Not as I was told by someone
    > else
    > earlier that it was solely triangulation).
    > *

    If you want more detail, it's explained at the bottom of this thread
    along with animated slide show from SnapTrack.
    http://www.sprintusers.com/forum/sho...threadid=23783

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    Posted at SprintUsers.com - Your place for everything Sprint PCS
    Free wireless access @ www.SprintUsers.com/wap




  11. #11
    sfhub
    Guest

    Re: vision / location,gps enabled webpages


    SprintPCS Tech wrote:
    > *True. I've recently found out that the "GPS" / "E911" feature uses
    > the
    > true GPS system or a combination of GPS and tower triangulation
    > (network
    > ops finaly got back to me on this). (Not as I was told by someone
    > else
    > earlier that it was solely triangulation).
    > *

    If you want more detail, it's explained at the bottom of this thread
    along with animated slide show from SnapTrack.
    http://www.sprintusers.com/forum/sho...threadid=23783

    --
    Posted at SprintUsers.com - Your place for everything Sprint PCS
    Free wireless access @ www.SprintUsers.com/wap




  12. #12
    sfhub
    Guest

    Re: vision / location,gps enabled webpages


    SprintPCS Tech wrote:
    > *True. I've recently found out that the "GPS" / "E911" feature uses
    > the
    > true GPS system or a combination of GPS and tower triangulation
    > (network
    > ops finaly got back to me on this). (Not as I was told by someone
    > else
    > earlier that it was solely triangulation).
    > *

    If you want more detail, it's explained at the bottom of this thread
    along with animated slide show from SnapTrack.
    http://www.sprintusers.com/forum/sho...threadid=23783

    --
    Posted at SprintUsers.com - Your place for everything Sprint PCS
    Free wireless access @ www.SprintUsers.com/wap




  13. #13
    Phillipe
    Guest

    Re: vision / location,gps enabled webpages

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    MikeyG <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    > Phillipe wrote:
    > > *It also shortens your battery life if that feature is "ON". *

    >
    > I am curious. Please direct me to proof of this. I know it has been
    > discussed but please let me know where I can find definitive figures
    > for this.


    Now I am not sure. I started searching and have found indirect
    references both ways. It affects battery life, it doesn't. I guess it
    depends how its implemented. Apparently every provider did it
    differently. If your cell phone has to talk "more" to the towers for
    E911 location that would shorten battery life. If it gets E911 when its
    confirming its on the Network as it always does, then I presume battery
    life would not be affected. In Sprint's case they have added a GPS chip
    which would draw power when in use, and therefore to some degree would
    shorten battery life.

    When driving in the city I leave it off.

    Any SprintPCS employees know? I would guess they would not want to talk
    about anything that could shorten battery life.

    I will continue my research.

    ==========

    I did find this:


    E911 Location Service were poromoted because in theory could provide:

    * Real-time driving directions to a desired location;
    * Traffic information services that identify the area of the cellular
    phone user to determine traffic congestion and offer alternate routes;
    * Real-time identification of location to enable automatic charging at
    road toll booths;
    * Vehicle assistance for locating the site of a broken down vehicle or
    the nearest automobile service station.



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