Big Red to open GPS for 3rd party applications

Big Red to open GPS for 3rd party applications
Since Verizon subscribers have put up a fight against the locked GPS feature (and continue doing so), it seem like the big Red is finally working on the case. A reply to a user e-mail has been posted on the net, saying that Verizon is partnering with Windows Mobile phone manufacturers in order to deliver an open GPS support, comparable in quality to the current feature, offered by the carrier.

First results are expected in the first half of 2009 and include devices like the Omnia, Saga and Touch Pro.


source: WMExperts

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12 Comments

1. hefavitzen

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 01, 2008

What about the Blackberry Storm? Any hope there?

2. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

As far as I was told, the Storm works with GPS provided you subscribe to VZNavigator. So you can use Google and Blackberry Maps without GPS location, but once you buy into VZNav, you get GPS on all programs. I suspect the same will hold with Windows Mobile.

3. The Godfather unregistered

The Storm is open GPS right now, I have 3rd party apps on it from garmin and it works great. It is open local gsm radio capable, so you do the math.

4. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Wow.. those bastards are finally beginning (more so this year) to listen to their customers to some degree. Though they still do retarded things such as crippling some of their devices, it is about time that they do something like this. Credit given where credit is due. I am not sure they deserve credit for this because they should have done this a while ago, but good for them.

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i really want to know what cellphone copmpany you have, im guessing at&t haha lol

6. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Good guess. I am not an AT&T fanatic, but I do really like the company (Obviously I should since I work for them). I will say however, I have never had VZW; therefore I cannot make outrageous statements about how AT&T is oh so much better than Verizon. I don't care for some of the things Verizon has done (or hasn't done) in the past, but I will admit I am impressed with some of the moves they have made over this past year. They have really stepped it up with their phone line-up, which is quite impressive right now to say the least. They are coming out with more and more phones with WiFi. (I personally don't use WiFi, I just use data service, but there are a lot of people who do.) This GPS move is great for them. I will always admit the truth, and I will always admit if I am wrong. I guess I just wanted to say I am impressed with Verizon this year, especially this last quarter.

7. Mayday3420

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Wow, def honest and to the point. I like it. I work for verizon and I used to have att. They both are great carriers and have great coverage which they better cause they both charge practically the same amounts for their service. I honestly think it just comes down to what the person likes the most. i have seen places where verizon has better service and visa versa. In the end it will be the main decision for att and verizon, I think sprint is a dying company. SO SAD.

8. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

so was that a yes to at&t haha lol? can one of you admit though verizon has better average coverage :-)

9. ICanAffordVZW

Posts: 123; Member since: Dec 15, 2008

VZW FANMAN you are getting to be annoying. Yes, he said that he works for ATT. Please read his post before you respond back

10. Mayday3420

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Comments on this site has DROPPED DRAMITICALLY. Whose ever idea it was to make people post was a moron. I mainly came here to read the comments everyone left to get the feel of what people really though. Now that they killed that I won't be here nearly as much.

12. Jango_Fred

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

Yes....the site's comment count has dropped significantly... but most of those were garbage forum trolls anyway. The true wireless buffs will register and still contribute.

11. Llama

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 18, 2008

I'm using the GPS on my BB Curve thru VZW...it's pretty darn accurate!

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