The official external GPS request thread

As a V1 owner, would you buy an external GPS unit if it were supported in 2.0?

  • Yes

    Votes: 10 58.8%
  • No

    Votes: 7 41.2%

  • Total voters
    17

psylichon

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Ok, I've mentioned this several times in my postings here at the EIC. But now that 3G and 2.0 and everything is out, I want to make it official. I'm putting the call out to all developers, Apple, somebody... to please come up with a way to bring Bluetooth GPS support to the iPhone V1.

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I bought this^^^ thing for $65 almost 2 years ago. They're probably even cheaper now. It worked flawlessly with my Winmo phone with Google Maps... just like the current GPS in the 3G. It was actually quite a bit faster in locking and tracking than the 3G.

It's only slightly bigger than a V1 dock, and very very light. I left mine mounted in the back of my element plugged in to constantly charge it when the vehicle was on, and my phone would automatically pair to it whenever I entered the vehicle. If I wanted to stroll with it, it was easy to take along and went for days on battery.

This sort of thing would be so easy to implement with a little code. I know the SDK does not permit access to the dock hardware, but what about BT hardware?

Regardless, Apple should realize a huge sales potential here. Imagine a chrome and aluminum hockey-puck "iGPS" unit for $100. V1 users would snatch them up!

So let's see a show of support. V1 folks... who would be into this?
 
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brianlamar

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that doesn't make since being that the new iPhone is only $199.
 

psylichon

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that doesn't make since being that the new iPhone is only $199.
Well the price point is whatever. Like I said, I only paid $65 for mine. And if you already have a V1 and are happy with it, even a hundred bucks is cheaper than $200. I bet some would pay more for Apple style points over, say, my model.
 

lady_bugz22

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that doesn't make since being that the new iPhone is only $199.
I paid $499 for my 16gb phone & not willing to spend another $199 plus additional monthly cost for the new iPhone when I could spend a one time fee of $65 or whatever it was for this device.
 

brianlamar

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i guess, if thats the way u look at it. i like everything in one device. if that means spending an extra $200 bucks to do it, thats ok with me. its not convenient to carry around a phone and a gps puck everywhere I go. thats way too much of a hassle when you're walking and using gps. then it takes away the option of using a bluetooth headset if you use that. keeping all ports and wireless ports free is worth $200 to me. i used to have a v1 phone, but this phone is much better to me. again these are just my opinions, hopefully you'll see where i'm coming from.
 

psylichon

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I hear ya, Brian. It's not ideal, but we're just looking for alternate solutions for those who don't want to pay for a new 3G phone (and I'm sorry, but it's a lot more than $200. But we don't need to get into the economics of subsidizing in this thread).

And, for what it's worth, I was able to pair the GPS and a bluetooth headset simultaneously with my old phone, so the technology for that is there.
 

lady_bugz22

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i guess, if thats the way u look at it. i like everything in one device. if that means spending an extra $200 bucks to do it, thats ok with me. its not convenient to carry around a phone and a gps puck everywhere I go. thats way too much of a hassle when you're walking and using gps. then it takes away the option of using a bluetooth headset if you use that. keeping all ports and wireless ports free is worth $200 to me. i used to have a v1 phone, but this phone is much better to me. again these are just my opinions, hopefully you'll see where i'm coming from.
I understand. Everybody has their reasoning on why or why they do and/or don't want the 3g or v1 iPhone. :)
 

brianlamar

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agreed, we are paying $10 more a month, which is dinner for one night out of the month. 3g speeds to me are worth the extra $10 a month. but the money you dish out for the phone up front, is still cheaper than the v1 iPhone. i don't think it was Apple's decision to make the service $10 more a month. that would've been AT&T's idea to compete with the other 3g services for their current line up of phones with a 3g radio.
 

Atlas

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I have a Holux 240 slim that I used with my BB Pearl. Would be great to sync up with my iPhone!
 

Ezekiel2517

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well... imo, i really don't care that much for gps in the first place and im about to get a 3g pretty soon anyways so... nah, it wouldn't really interest me. but, hey thats just me
 

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I am always down for a better GPS than whats in my car. Right now V1 Google maps is a little better. If I could get real GPS Sat integration, that would be Awesome!
 

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i don't want a 3g phone because i don't have 3g coverage in my area yet, with that said i would buy a hocky puck to have gps. and at the same time if i had 3g coverage i would consider the 3g iPhone