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    GPS on a non-smartphone

    I'd like to get a regular phone that can run Google Maps (under Java), and that has GPS. All the phones I see with GPS are smart phones, but I don't feel like paying $25/month just to get Google Maps.

    So, any phone out there with GPS?

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    Get the SE TM506, unbrand it, and use the built-in GPS + Google Maps with $10 unlimited web2go data plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bachviet
    Get the SE TM506, unbrand it, and use the built-in GPS + Google Maps with $10 unlimited web2go data plan.
    Excellent! For some reason I didn't see that phone had GPS.

    Will the instructions in this wiki work to have Google Maps use the GPS?
    http://wiki.howardforums.com/index.p...branding_Guide

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    Yes. After you debrand, Google Maps will be already installed on the phone and will work with the phone's GPS.

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    I agree with those above. The TM506 with the generic SE firmware is an awesome phone. You can use the GPS three ways. The firmware has built-in functionality for speed, direction, altitude etc; Google Maps with My Location; and turn-by-turn software like Wayfinder and Amaze GPS.

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    Is the GPS turn by turn direction? Or is it you are here and here is the direction on how to get to where you are going?

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    Amaze GPS gives you voice turn by turn directions and its free



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    I could have sworn I already said that. Oh wait, I did...

    http://www.amazegps.com/welcome.php

    The generic SE firmware also comes with Wayfinder, which in some ways I like better.

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    yeah, Wayfinder is nice.. but free is better.

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    True! Wayfinder is not freeware, but the generic SE firmware comes with a slightly older version that is free to use as far as I can tell.

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    hmm... no, it comes with a trial version, but it's not free.

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    Debranded SE FTW! I just debranded a w760a and it rocks!
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    There's a new Samsung coming out tomorrow with built in GPS - but the colors available leave A LOT to be desired... that plus who knows if there will be a generic firmware to switch to.......

    it's the Samsung Comeback I believe btw

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    New T-Mobile branded Samsung phones won't have any generic firmware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarmadgilani
    hmm... no, it comes with a trial version, but it's not free.
    I haven't used it a lot, but I did use it for a short trip a while back, and didn't see anything that suggested it was a trial version. Am I missing something here?

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