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    Hi,
    My Treo 650 has been sitting for a year unused due to the fact that the cell radio is dead. Don't ask. Anyway, I was curious to know if the GPS navigation accessories available use the cell radio? I have been thinking of a way to get some use out of it as I paid close to $600 for it when it first became available. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryP2375 View Post
    Hi,
    My Treo 650 has been sitting for a year unused due to the fact that the cell radio is dead. Don't ask. Anyway, I was curious to know if the GPS navigation accessories available use the cell radio? I have been thinking of a way to get some use out of it as I paid close to $600 for it when it first became available. Any help would be appreciated.
    On my 600, Mapopolis was unable to do any routing or location searching with the cellular radio off. I know TomTom turns the radio on when I start it up, so I suspect it might use it ... but the maps contain a lot more data, so it might not be necessary.
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    I am not sure, but I KNOW GPS in general does not use cellular. It's just bluetooth.

    You could certainly download and install EarthComber and just see what it does without a GPS unit, it's an excellent mapping program with free maps and points of interest.
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    GPS units from Garmin, TomTom and others just use Bluetooth, which is a separate radio from your CDMA or GSM cell radio. You can turn off one or the other radio or both. The GPS works fine with the cell radio turned off (I just checked that to be sure.) I use the Garmin GPS 10, works well for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by supersocialist View Post
    I know TomTom turns the radio on when I start it up, so I suspect it might use it ... but the maps contain a lot more data, so it might not be necessary.
    Tomtom tries to turn on the radio so that their plus services such as traffic can be accessed. If you don't have service, you can still use all the normal navigation features provided you can hook up with the GPS receiver which is usually by bluetooth (some receivers can be hard wired). I just came back from an area with dismal Sprint coverage but although I couldn't call for help, I was able to find my out using Tomtom.
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    I turned off my radio to save juice once I was out and forgot to bring my auto charger. TT5 worked great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrfaris View Post
    Tomtom tries to turn on the radio so that their plus services such as traffic can be accessed. If you don't have service, you can still use all the normal navigation features provided you can hook up with the GPS receiver which is usually by bluetooth (some receivers can be hard wired). I just came back from an area with dismal Sprint coverage but although I couldn't call for help, I was able to find my out using Tomtom.
    Thanks for the clarification. Mapopolis actually did require the cell radio on; it could navigate with it off, but would only look up addresses with it on. For what it's worth, my version was old, as this was a while ago.
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    This will work for you providing your BT still works (if you want a BT GPS receiver). There are also hard-wired GPS receivers that require your Treo to sit in a cradle. OK for use in an auto, but awkward if you want to use it outside the car.
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    Thanks to all for your comments. I do want the use for in the car by the way along with the use of the organizer functions for reminders, memos & docs so i don't need to pull out the laptop. For calls I have a Samsung A900 with Bluetooth headset for personal calls & a nextel for work. So I am kind of glad that I am not lugging both this i710 and the Treo all day. Alone they would be fine but carrying both can get tiresome. I was looking at setting up a cradle with built in GPS receiver. Any good suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryP2375 View Post
    Thanks to all for your comments. I do want the use for in the car by the way along with the use of the organizer functions for reminders, memos & docs so i don't need to pull out the laptop. For calls I have a Samsung A900 with Bluetooth headset for personal calls & a nextel for work. So I am kind of glad that I am not lugging both this i710 and the Treo all day. Alone they would be fine but carrying both can get tiresome. I was looking at setting up a cradle with built in GPS receiver. Any good suggestions?
    Sounds like you want the Garmin GPS 20, or the follow-on product, not yet released, the Garmin Mobile 20. I would think TomTom has a similar product but with just a quick look on their website I didn't see one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerryP2375 View Post
    I was looking at setting up a cradle with built in GPS receiver. Any good suggestions?
    Seidio makes cradles that have built in GPS receiver. There are several different configurations.
    http://www.seidioonline.com/index.as...n=Custom&ID=20

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