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User currently offlinemad99 From Spain, joined Mar 2012, 561 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1424 times:

Folks,
I need a gps for my 4s iphone to use when travelling, mostly north america, and without roaming data.

Anyone use one of the free ones or ones that only cost 10-12 euro?

Any recommendations?

Thanks

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User currently offlinebaldwin471 From UK - England, joined Mar 2012, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1413 times:

That makes no sense. Do you mean a sim plan?

User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Quoting mad99 (Thread starter):
Any recommendations?

Why would you want to pay for receiving GPS when you can get it free? My phone (not an Iphone, I think they're over-hyped personally) has GPS built in that works anywhere without the need for data, so no need for roaming. Just download the relevant maps before I set off. I don't see why you should pay any extra for using GPS on the move. Can you not disable any data needs while using the GPS function abroad? It may be cheaper purchasing a dedicated hand held GPS if not, or go back to traditional methods and get maps (which I prefer).

Darren



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3005 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1403 times:

Quoting dazbo5 (Reply 2):

I think the OP would like to know of any apps that have the GPS maps stored, so he doesn't incur data roaming charges.
There are some apps that do this, though not having an iphone I can't recommend any.
I haven't tried, but can you use Google Maps and cache the route / area before roaming?

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1401 times:

It's outside your budget but I have tested the TomTom GPS app for iPhone during a two week bike trip across the alps and it is amazingly good. It is actually better than their stand alone GPS.

So, if you can spare the few more bucks you need to get it, you should go for that. It contains the maps so no roaming charges. And there's an option in it to deactivate data download (such as traffic, local infos...).



Cheers
User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1391 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 3):
I think the OP would like to know of any apps that have the GPS maps stored, so he doesn't incur data roaming charges.

My mistake then, it wasn't clear. This is another reason I don't rate Iphones. I can do all that on my current phone already, no need for additional apps, it all comes as standard with free download of maps too. Iphones are good, but over-hyped with the competition offering products on par and often surpassing. But then they don't have an 'i' in front of them that's all the rage at the moment!

Darren



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User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4832 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1386 times:

on the iphone there is an app called NavFree... it has maps for several regions of the world... pretty good...even does navigation (like a car system). It does not require a data connection to operate (ie is free to roam with).
I have the USA one, UK&Ireland, Australia&NZ.

[Edited 2012-12-28 04:22:15]


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User currently offlinemad99 From Spain, joined Mar 2012, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1386 times:

Quoting signol (Reply 3):
I think the OP would like to know of any apps that have the GPS maps stored, so he doesn't incur data roaming charges.

correct

Quoting signol (Reply 3):
Google Maps and cache the route / area before roaming?

if possible, this might work for me. Anybody know?

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 4):
It's outside your budget

I can spend 100's but i've noticed that some new gps apps that cost much less so if they work i'll spemd less.

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 4):
TomTom GPS

ok, thanks for that.


User currently offlinebaldwin471 From UK - England, joined Mar 2012, 296 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

Get an Android phone, free Google Maps, cache entire regions. Job done.

User currently offlinemad99 From Spain, joined Mar 2012, 561 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1357 times:

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 6):
on the iphone there is an app called NavFree

thanks
i'm going to try this one.

Quoting signol (Reply 3):
Google Maps and cache the route / area before roaming?

i had a look.
you need to zoom in and out of the area you'll be in. Don't switch off the phone and don't go outside zoomed area when travelling.


User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

City Maps 2Go

That's all I ever need and use. It's cheap as chips and you can download as many maps as you like as often as you like because only the app is payware, the map data is freeware.



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21462 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1296 times:

Quoting mad99 (Reply 9):
Quoting signol (Reply 3):
Google Maps and cache the route / area before roaming?

i had a look.
you need to zoom in and out of the area you'll be in. Don't switch off the phone and don't go outside zoomed area when travelling.

It's the same with Apple Maps in iOS 6, which has worked very well for me so far.


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