GPS active without 3G or Wifi Active?

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  1. slothead

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    Actually 2 questions:
    (1) Since I don't want to pay international data rates, if touring in the UK (with an iPad at home in the USA) will the GPS work if I have the cellular data and the Wifi turned off?
    (2) And assuming that the answer is yes, will the map software include the UK?

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  2. K1W1

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    If you are talking about the standard maps you will need 3G on to get location and map data. The way the iPad / iPod app works is that it downloads the screens as you move.

    If you have an app like TomTom where the entire map database is loaded on the iPad/iPhone then it will work without 3G or wifi turned on. You will of course need to purchase the TomTom Europe maps.
     
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    NavFree is free, and has European versions, I think.
     
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    If you install apps like Navigon that have the maps downloaded to your iDevice, then you won't need 3G or wifi, unless you want to use some of the extras that are available, like searches for cafes or sites to visit. You can usually get that info locally in a tourist guide anyway. Navigon does have European maps, and I'm sure others do also.
     
  5. slothead

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    Twerp, you didn't mention whether the NavFree needs wifi or 3G to operate. But I can go find that out myself I guess. Thanks guys.
     
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    NavFree does not need Wi-Fi.
     
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    Checking the AppsStore it looked to me that TomTom was only available for the iPhone and NOT the iPad. Am I wrong? I really liked TomTom on my HP iPAQ 210 and would buy it in an instant if it there is an iPad version but not if it's just the iPhone version that is "2x" expanded to fill the iPad screen.

    Anyone using TomTom on an iPad and can give details of it?
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    Looks like TomTom does not have an iPad optimized app.

    CoPilot does. The Live Premium version is newer, and cheaper than the HD version. I'm not sure what the other differences are. I have the iPhone version, and it did ok on the one trip I've tested it with.

    The NavFree apps are universal, and should work in native mode on both iPhone and iPads.
     
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    Navfree needs an internet connection when looking up an address. Once your route has been calculated, internet isn't needed anymore.
     
  10. twerppoet

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    I did not know that. Operating on third hand information for NavFree. Several people were recommending it as one of the few free offline mapping programs.


    UPDATE: Just checked the app store, and according to the description the USA version ,1.9.x and above, has an offline address database. It does not say the same thing for the UK version, but it is version 1.9.1, so maybe.
     
    #10 twerppoet, Jul 18, 2011
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