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Unlock the GPS on Windows Mobile Phones Verizon!!!

Posted Mon March 9, 2009 6:19 pm, by Adam W. written to Verizon Wireless (Cell Phones)

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I would like Verizon Wireless to stop being so money hungry and unlock the GPS on my Samsung Omnia. The phone has a fully functional GPS capability and your company has chosen to limit the function to VZ Navigator only. Has it ever occurred to anyone at VZW that VZ Navigator is not useful to some people? I live in NYC and do not own a car. I have no use for a feature like VZ Navigator. I do however, have use for software such as Google Maps. I use it now without GPS but it would be much better with GPS enabled. There is also a lot of other software out there that could be used with GPS. Unfortunately, since VZW has no way to make money off that software they don't want people to use it.

Stop crippling my phone for your own selfish reasons.


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by Adam W. Posted Tue April 7, 2009 @ 10:11 PM

http://howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1515861

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by PepperElf Posted Wed March 25, 2009 @ 3:33 AM

that's why i got a handheld garmin instead

it's not cheap, but... it's a one-time purchase for the unit. after
that, i can check my location as much as I want without paying for
anything except the electricity to run it.

and, i've been told it's more accurate than the phone GPS apps

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As I stated by Adam W. Wed March 25, 2009 @ 4:58 PM


sorry can't help you then by PepperElf Fri March 27, 2009 @ 6:41 PM

by Nate. Posted Thu March 12, 2009 @ 8:24 PM

What it sounds like is you have another app that will tap in to the
GPS antenna or whatever you want to call it. Why would Verizon allow
another sort of GPS related app to tap in to the GPS when they can
charge you for their own service?

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GPS is not only used for naviagtion. by Adam W. Thu March 12, 2009 @ 9:11 PM

by Ben G. Posted Thu March 12, 2009 @ 1:02 PM

is reading and looking into all features of it before signing it (this
includes checking out the equipment and making sure all questions are
answered before the sale).

Because you have the free right to shop for phone service where you
want to, you need to assert the responsibility of the place you choose
to go with. This mean abiding by:

A. Their equipment (including the UI)
B. Their terms
C. Their contract rates.

There are no rights without responsibility. Is it selfish for VZW to
lock out GPS and make you pay for navigator? Maybe.

But it does not mean they should have to change because it was not
properly researched by the user.

The problem is people think that they have an individual right, but
put the responsibility of that right on everyone else (namely trying
to make the phone carrier change to make that person happy).


Its a bad craziness that is starting to fill this country.


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It's not craziness at all by The PlanetFeedback Team Thu March 12, 2009 @ 1:26 PM

It didn't sound like feedback by Ben G. Thu March 12, 2009 @ 2:15 PM


Sure sounds like feedback to us by The PlanetFeedback Team Thu March 12, 2009 @ 2:21 PM


Ben by ♫Venice♫ Thu March 12, 2009 @ 5:28 PM

This has nothing to do with a contract by Adam W. Thu March 12, 2009 @ 6:13 PM


And in this case... by Taz Has Joined Harley In Heaven Fri March 13, 2009 @ 9:52 AM

So anytime something has a small flaw I shouldn't buy it? by Adam W. Fri March 13, 2009 @ 2:12 PM

My issue which has been the same from the beginning by Ben G. Wed March 18, 2009 @ 11:08 AM

I knew the GPS didn't work by Adam W. Wed March 18, 2009 @ 7:59 PM

I'll rephrase since my comment was removed by Ben G. Thu March 19, 2009 @ 4:21 PM

It is both a complain and feedback by Adam W. Thu March 19, 2009 @ 4:50 PM

There is... by Ben G. Thu March 19, 2009 @ 9:32 PM


If you know about the flaw.. by Taz Has Joined Harley In Heaven Mon March 23, 2009 @ 11:43 AM

They didn't "unlock" it by Adam W. Mon March 23, 2009 @ 12:16 PM


But they did unlock it.. by Taz Has Joined Harley In Heaven Mon March 23, 2009 @ 2:00 PM

Which phone? by Adam W. Mon March 23, 2009 @ 2:26 PM

Do you think all these phones would have keyboards and cameras without feedback? by Adam W. Thu March 12, 2009 @ 9:25 PM
by jeishere Posted Thu March 12, 2009 @ 9:23 AM

I am a Verizon customer and know that Verizon does lock out a lot of
features that are built into the phone by the manufacture. The even
put their own screens and menus on the phones. So someone with Razr
phone with another carrier has a much different UI (the manufactures)
than I do on my phone (Verizon's UI). They do lock out the GPS
functionality on many phones so you have to buy the VZ Navigator and
pay $9.99/month instead of using google maps for free.

It really doesn't matter if the OP knew about this beforehand or not.
It something he doesn't like about Verizon and as a customer (probably
locked in a contract) he has the right the express his concern.

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The difference here.. by Taz Has Joined Harley In Heaven Thu March 12, 2009 @ 10:53 AM

I havn't read all the comments... by jeishere Thu March 12, 2009 @ 3:00 PM

Why would I want to switch carriers? by Adam W. Fri March 13, 2009 @ 2:14 PM

by Casmly Posted Wed March 11, 2009 @ 6:59 PM

I'm sorry, but if you had that much of an issue with "locked"
features, why didn't you purchase an unlocked phone? My husband
purchased unlocked phones for us a few years back. They worked well
and did what they were meant to do. When I purchased a phone a couple
of months back, I decided to go with a blackberry that my provider was
offering for $50 rather than purchase another unlocked phone. Why?
Because it was cheaper for me to do so and I decided I didn't need the
"locked" features.

It isn't as if the company isn't providing you with some alternative
correct? The alternative to purchase an unlocked cell phone through
the manufacturer or a 3rd party?

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You have it all wrong by Adam W. Wed March 11, 2009 @ 9:10 PM


Then I actually do see your point... by Casmly Thu March 12, 2009 @ 4:19 PM


by RedheadwGlasses Posted Wed March 11, 2009 @ 12:20 PM

I'm assuming you were aware of these limitations when you purchased
the phone?

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I was by Adam W. Wed March 11, 2009 @ 1:06 PM


So tell us again by MA Cunningham Thu March 12, 2009 @ 8:43 AM

I'm complaining because..... by Adam W. Thu March 12, 2009 @ 6:16 PM

by Nate. Posted Tue March 10, 2009 @ 8:37 PM

If there is a certain service you need, then you should pay for it.
This information was most likely provided to you when you entered the
agreement that for GPS service, you need "VZ Navigator".

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It doesn't work the way you are thinking it works by Adam W. Wed March 11, 2009 @ 8:46 AM

Even if it did work this way..... by Adam W. Wed March 11, 2009 @ 8:55 AM

in other words by Dru Wed March 11, 2009 @ 2:49 PM

huh? by Adam W. Wed March 11, 2009 @ 4:07 PM

what's hard to understand? it's really simple by Dru Wed March 11, 2009 @ 8:03 PM

You still don't get it by Adam W. Wed March 11, 2009 @ 9:35 PM

fine by Dru Wed March 11, 2009 @ 11:36 PM

I don't have all the answers by Adam W. Thu March 12, 2009 @ 12:21 AM

by Just Jeffrey Posted Tue March 10, 2009 @ 12:53 PM

It is selfish of them. So what? They are a business. That's how
business works.

If you don't like it, then you should certainly stop giving them your
money. If enough people stop giving VW business, then maybe they'll
change this.

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The phone is the best there is by Adam W. Tue March 10, 2009 @ 8:03 PM


I'm not saying that you're wrong. by Just Jeffrey Wed March 11, 2009 @ 7:05 AM

Would you say the same if your ISP blocked certain websites by Adam W. Wed March 11, 2009 @ 8:50 AM


Yes, and I would take my business elsewhere. (n/t) by Just Jeffrey Wed March 11, 2009 @ 2:06 PM

Why is that always the answer? by Adam W. Wed March 11, 2009 @ 9:37 PM


You're right. by Just Jeffrey Thu March 12, 2009 @ 10:54 AM

They are supposed to be selfish? by Adam W. Thu March 12, 2009 @ 6:22 PM


Businesses have been "selfish" for thousands of years. by Just Jeffrey Fri March 20, 2009 @ 6:39 PM

And at some point the government will step in by Adam W. Sat March 21, 2009 @ 3:46 PM


Except that... by Just Jeffrey Sun March 22, 2009 @ 8:11 AM

It won't be limited to GPS by Adam W. Sun March 22, 2009 @ 8:42 PM


On this, you may be right. by Just Jeffrey Mon March 23, 2009 @ 8:51 PM


Why? by Taz Has Joined Harley In Heaven Wed March 11, 2009 @ 8:15 AM

Not on the Samsung website by Adam W. Wed March 11, 2009 @ 8:49 AM


by Taz Has Joined Harley In Heaven Posted Mon March 9, 2009 @ 9:37 PM

Adam..you know they are not going to do this no matter how many people
ask. NYC is so easy to find your way around, you don't need any of
that!

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I am not sure what you mean? by Adam W. Tue March 10, 2009 @ 2:06 AM


Queens is super easy... by Taz Has Joined Harley In Heaven Tue March 10, 2009 @ 9:44 AM

Still doesn't help with subway directions. by Adam W. Tue March 10, 2009 @ 12:12 PM


How on earth by Taz Has Joined Harley In Heaven Wed March 11, 2009 @ 10:40 AM

You are missing the point by Adam W. Wed March 11, 2009 @ 10:57 AM


You bought a phone.. by Taz Has Joined Harley In Heaven Wed March 11, 2009 @ 4:10 PM

Why do you care? by Adam W. Wed March 11, 2009 @ 5:53 PM


I don't care... by Taz Has Joined Harley In Heaven Thu March 12, 2009 @ 8:15 AM

I'm here to tell them it's a bad idea by Adam W. Thu March 12, 2009 @ 6:24 PM


Apparently not too many.. by Taz Has Joined Harley In Heaven Thu March 12, 2009 @ 8:36 PM

Check out Howardforums by Adam W. Thu March 12, 2009 @ 9:17 PM

I don't think you understand how Google Maps works by Adam W. Wed March 11, 2009 @ 10:59 AM




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