Verizon unlocks the Omnia GPS

Verizon unlocks the Omnia GPS
Having unlocked the GPS receivers of certain smartphones in their portfolio, Big Red has now done the same with the Samsung Omnia. The new official firmware, CF03, also comes with the latest Windows Mobile Adaptation Kit Upgrade (1.5.1) and Bluetooth tethering support through VZ Access Manager. The link below provides step by step instructions on how to update your Omnia to firmware version CF03. What do you think - wouldn't it have been better if the carrier had released the update a bit earlier?

Samsung Omnia Specifications | Review

source: Samsung

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9 Comments

1. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Wow, this article towards the end is asking to start drama: "What do you think - wouldn't it have been better if the carrier had released the update a bit earlier?" We all know they didn't start it earlier, but is available now. This is where the term better late than never comes in. I'm actually surprised they did it at all. It's not going to change the fact that they did it sooner. Seems like PA is just asking to start a forum flame war. Now let's see if my post gets deleted.

2. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

It does seem that PhoneArena tends to be a bit of a drama queen when it comes to VZW...

3. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

don't be dumb

4. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I find it funny that if a posting is pro Verizon the AT&T fans come out and say PA is all about AT&T / iPhone, but if a posting is pro AT&T / iPhone the VZW fans come out and say PA is all about VZW. The ad I see on my screen from PA right now is a Sprint ad. I'm sure some of their journalists prefer one or the other and overally there probably is a preference, but the judgements on every article seems unnecessary and contradicting.

5. Arielnyc2006 unregistered

It is true though, Phonearena tends to be critical of VZW

6. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i know right.

7. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

As a vzw customer with a windows PDA i agree that waiting until 6-12 months after a phone's release to unlock GPS is a bit absurd. So, I have to disagree with you VZW lovers out there. PA is not being critical of VZW or dramatizing it. Why is the GPS locked? why do you have to find alternate ways to hack the phone to unlock GPS and then manually program the GPS registry settings... not everyone needs VZNavigator. I don't care that it announces the directions, google maps is superior in every way and lattitude to meet up with friends is awesome... I think if vznav was 4.99 or something more poeple would be ok with using it... but 10.00 is not neccessary.

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It is easy to understand yo me. Verizon origonally wanted to Have GPS go through them. It was a mistake. A business is to make money. All of them. They all would slice your grandmas puppies into little peices and feed it to your children if it were legal and would make them more money. It is not just corperate greed, its plain old greed and if any one worked in the right places in any cell company your view would probably change with a little perspective. Right now its a fight to get market share. Every company would charge not only more but for everything if they could. In turn we would want it all for free if we could. Capitalizing on the situation.

9. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

i also Think that Phone arena has the right to there opinion considering how many people complained about this i could understand thinking that. I feel that Samsung would have and probably had an update a long time ago. It was Verizon end that were dragging their feet getting it ready to release. But you cant really be judging them unless someone from the inside admits. I personally think that the omnia had a specific or numuroius issues and bugs that need fixed and that was what delayed it.

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