Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Verizon Unlocks GPS Capability

For those of us Crackberry users, it seems that Verizon gave us all a Christmas gift when it unlocked the internal GPS functions for both the Curve and Pearl in its new OS upgrade ( Until now, you had to subscribe to Verizon's VZ Navigator service that was running you $2.99 per day or $9.99 per month.
Using Blackberry Maps 4.5.0, you can now locate places, mark locations and track your driving/walking route in real-time much like you can with a Garmin handheld GPS. The only data available on the dashboard is # of satellites and speed. You can switch between pan mode and zoom mode with a click of the trackball. Another shortcut to zoom is using the I and O buttons (for in and out). Yes, you can still use Google Maps, although your location will be more like within 1700m.