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    Relying on prepaid for work?

    Just wondering what people's thoughts are, my current job relies on me having Google maps and obviously data, as I'm all over I'd say 60 mile radius, but mainly city, I'd say 75% City and $25 rural. If my phone or service were to go down I'd be greatly affected, I drive a company owned vehicle ( a courier type van). Right now I'm on net10 at&t and haven't had any problems , though I'm surprised at how many areas still don't have LTE, just hspa. I wish I hadn't had tossed my stand alone tomtom gps thinking smartphones truly replaced them. Am I being paranoid?!

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    This works really good offline.

    HERE WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....maps&hl=en_US

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    Also, google maps allows you to download map data. It expires, but you could redo it at home periodically. Not only save data while on the go, but it will limit required downloading while on the road, which should help when in H areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brad4cell View Post
    This works really good offline.

    HERE WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....maps&hl=en_US
    BINGO!! Here Maps works fantastic once you download the maps you need. Stand alone GPS units are also super cheap on ebay and sometimes tough to even give away so ya might wanna grab another one as backup. I depend on my phone for work and have been with MVNOs for about 8 years. Pageplus, Cricket and will soon be on Red Pocket. I also carry Paygo lines with H2o and Tello.

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    Have one of these

    https://www.buydig.com/shop/product....u=grdrives61rb

    For $120, it's practically a steal. Nice big 7" display. Current garmin software with lifetime map updates (4x/yr). You can design custom routes on the pc in basecamp or tripplanner then upload to the gps.

    No interference if/when you get a call while on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharp99 View Post
    Just wondering what people's thoughts are, my current job relies on me having Google maps and obviously data, as I'm all over I'd say 60 mile radius, but mainly city, I'd say 75% City and $25 rural. If my phone or service were to go down I'd be greatly affected, I drive a company owned vehicle ( a courier type van). Right now I'm on net10 at&t and haven't had any problems , though I'm surprised at how many areas still don't have LTE, just hspa. I wish I hadn't had tossed my stand alone tomtom gps thinking smartphones truly replaced them. Am I being paranoid?!
    As long as the smartphone you're using has a reliable GPS function, it CAN replace a stand-alone GPS device. Just set Google Maps to download maps for offline use and set to keep your selected map area updated whenever the phone has a WIFI connection, and you will never need data while traveling, except to get traffic updates.

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    Is there somewhere to download map updates for older TomToms , Garmins etc ?
    Also on older ones the batteries may be bad and will not hold a charge or even let it run on USB
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    If the device has a sd slot, you should be able to place a map on that.

    Can't help with you with the tomtom units, but which specific garmin devices are in question?

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    Relying on prepaid for work?

    I have both prepaid and postpaid lines. There doesn’t seem to be any reliability difference unless relying on roaming. I would have to drive pretty far from home for that to be an issue. There is some US cellular territory about 100 miles away which would be the closest opportunity to roam with T-mobile and Verizon. Would need to get off the main highways also.

    As others have said, there are GPS solutions that don’t require data.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brad4cell View Post
    This works really good offline.

    HERE WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....maps&hl=en_US
    YMMV. I find that Here Maps does not pick good routes in rural areas and you can't make it calculate a better route by entering some preferred waypoints. I don't know how well it works in urban areas. I have never tried that.

    That said, I do use it for speed alerts. GMaps does not have that. I drive through a lot of "Barney Fife" areas. I don't need to get busted for driving through some one-horse area where the speed limit is down to 25 or such.

    GMaps does seem to work well without data with downloaded areas. You can definitely download an area with a 60 mile radius. Mine is something like a 300x300 mile rectangle. You have to update them every thirty days to keep them active.

    If I were driving for a living, I would use a dedicated GPS. My Magellan has lifetime maps and speed alerts. I don't bother with it any more for my more casual use. Leaving it unattended and visible in the car is just an invitation for some punk-thug to bust a window to steal it. I don't car much about losing the $100 Magellan. The busted windows is a whole different story.

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    I have been using an app called co-pilot that has offline maps. For $9.99, I have been able to load it on multiple phones. Overall it's reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharp99 View Post
    Just wondering what people's thoughts are, my current job relies on me having Google maps and obviously data, as I'm all over I'd say 60 mile radius, but mainly city, I'd say 75% City and $25 rural. If my phone or service were to go down I'd be greatly affected, I drive a company owned vehicle ( a courier type van). Right now I'm on net10 at&t and haven't had any problems , though I'm surprised at how many areas still don't have LTE, just hspa. I wish I hadn't had tossed my stand alone tomtom gps thinking smartphones truly replaced them. Am I being paranoid?!

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    Use CoPilot or OSMAND for offline maps, but you don't get routing based on traffic, or all the features of Waze.

    I really like my iPad Pro with Verizon data for maps, it's large, but I put in tablet holders in my vehicles. It's like having a Tesla display! But I get unlimited data from "work."
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    We used Here We Go extensively on a three week, 3000km trip around northern Italy, and are using it now in LA. It will get you there, but sometimes takes you down back streets and suggests you make impossible turns. It does give you street names and seems more intuitive than Google maps, though we haven't used GM as much. One thing about Here that I don't like is its search capability, which seems lacking, or maybe I don't know how to use it. I usually see where I want to go, drop a pin, and tell it to take me there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharp99 View Post
    Am I being paranoid?!
    Have you had outages? I've used Tracfone for work for almost eleven years now, I think. As long as your MVNO uses regular towers like any other phone, it's no different.

    I do take advantage of Google Maps downloads. Sometimes I use HERE, sometimes I use Maps.Me, both of which have offline maps - but I've never actually had to switch to these.

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