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    Quote Originally Posted by annaharris
    I need to connect with wifi or there is inbuilt GPS system applications also available, which can work without cell service...
    The GPS function doesn't use the cell service but does require a cellular (3G or 4G) iPad. This is because the GPS circuitry piggy backs on the cellular chip. That said, if you have a wifi only iPad there are aftermarket devices that will connect and give you GPS functionality, Bad Elf is a make that I have heard of on these forums.

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    I'm using the Dual Electronics XGPS150A Universal Bluetooth GPS Receiver with my wifi-only iPad. On Amazon for $100. Works great!

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    I have Ipad with cell capability but no data plan. My Maps will not work without wifi connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiotaco View Post
    I have Ipad with cell capability but no data plan. My Maps will not work without wifi connection.
    If you're talking about the maps on the Apple or Google maps apps, the maps are not downloaded to your device but are streamed to it using an active internet connection. That's why they won't work unless your iPad is on WiFi.

    What you have to do is get one of the many GPS navigation apps that let you download maps for offline use. There are both paid and free navigation apps. Maps are usually sold as an in app purchase.

    Once you have the necessary maps on your iPad you can use GPS without any Internet connection.
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    Thank you--question answered.

    Quote Originally Posted by scifan57 View Post
    If you're talking about the maps on the Apple or Google maps apps, the maps are not downloaded to your device but are streamed to it using an active internet connection. That's why they won't work unless your iPad is on WiFi.

    What you have to do is get one of the many GPS navigation apps that let you download maps for offline use. There are both paid and free navigation apps. Maps are usually sold as an in app purchase.

    Once you have the necessary maps on your iPad you can use GPS without any Internet connection.

    I couldn't understand why have a gps chip it it must have wifi or cell connect.


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