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  1.    #21  
    its been an overall poor experience gps wise with the pre. I know palm/sprint/telenav(ppl who make sprint nav) know something is up. its sad that the original instinct outperforms this phone a million times over using the same app. its already started having problems acquiring the signal. this and the fact that palm is being slow with simple features like txt forwarding is starting to get real old.
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    Mine will work close by (food, gas, next city over)
    Won't work some miles away ...I will test how far tomorrow.

    Did the ##GPS thing with no luck.

    Google Maps works fine.

    Problem Palm! Fix it!
    Last edited by IcerC; 11/02/2009 at 10:49 PM.
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    I just about threw my phone out my car window on Sunday when my Sprint Navigator didn't work when I needed it under duress and I kept getting "could not get your location" eroor messages. Argh! But after reading these few entries and getting the idea to reboot my phone, amazingly it started working again. I hope it doesn't do that again.
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    #24  
    Google maps works fine for me, the sprint nav program is a piece of ****. I don't even bother anymore, just use Google maps.
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    I've used SprintNav before on my Instinct with no problems whatsoever, but get the "location not found" probably 50% of the times I try to use SprintNav on my Pre. Sometimes just exiting Nav and starting it back up will resolve the problem. But still -- if I'm in traffic and need directions to get somewhere, I generally need it NOW, not two minutes from now.

    With the Instinct I really had no need for a dash-mounted GPS unit. With the unreliability of the Pre, I've relented and now have a dash-mounted GPS in the car. Surprisingly, I've found that while the Garmin gets a fix every time (and FAST!), the SprintNav database of restaraunts/stores/etc is MUCH better than Garmin. I've found myself using SprintNav on the Pre to get a store's address, then typing the address into the Garmin. I definitely can't pull that off while I'm driving though....well, maybe at a stop light.
  6. #26  
    Yea, I love the Pre but some of these problems are real headscratchers, seriously.
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    #27  
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan000 View Post
    Google maps works fine for me, the sprint nav program is a piece of ****. I don't even bother anymore, just use Google maps.
    +1
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    I have the same problem with Sprint Nav failing to acquire the satellite. It's a shame, because this was the one new (to me) feature of the "simply everything" plan I was actually interested in having over my pre-Pre service plan! But the GPS feature in a phone is one that has to be rock-solid reliable, and Sprint Nav doesn't pass that test. So I still have to carry my Magellan with me if I need GPS.

    Particularly sad since when it does work, I like the navigation it provides much better than my old Magellan.
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  9. #29  
    Sprint Nav is a PoS...

    Goggle maps works for me fine. I also have tried ##GPS# and NOTHING. Maybe Sprint or Palm needs to fix it...OR give us a WAY better app we can buy out of the app store?...
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    I wonder if the effort (or investment) involved is more than Sprint will put into a free Nav app. It's possible they know it is a kludge-up but having the checkmark next to the "Free Navigation" line item on the marketing slick may be good enough.
  11.    #31  
    I wish we could get a class action lawsuit against who ever is responsible for this. Not because i really want to take money away from them but because i wanna hit them where it hurts and get some freaking response. the phone has been out for months and i havent heard any official response about this. is it widespread gps chips problems, just weak cheaps, bad software on telenav's side or is it something on webos? either way. having used sprint nav on inferior phones and having it work perfectly. im very ****ed off about this on the pre. that just basic features that are missing in general.

    i love my pre but I got it expecting palm to patch up the wholes that were obviously there. this is just one more big problem to add the mix of things that should have been taken care of from the get go.
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    one thing i have noticed though. is that the when the pre doesnt get a signal the little "EV" icon in the top right doesnt light up. Even though i have a full signal. Samething when browsing the web. Sometimes you go click a page and then EV icon doesnt light up it wont load the page. like it isnt making a request to pull data. does anyone have an answer for that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by prefanatic View Post
    I wish we could get a class action lawsuit against who ever is responsible for this. Not because i really want to take money away from them but because i wanna hit them where it hurts and get some freaking response.
    Yes! The ol' reliable "class action lawsuit" threat! I've loved that one since the Treo 600 days, and with every phone since.

    People will threat anything with a lawsuit on these boards:

    Build quality of the Pre: http://forums.precentral.net/palm-pr...ml#post1723375
    Pre not working after cancelling Sprint: http://forums.precentral.net/palm-pr...ml#post1902576
    Premier customers not having first shot at the Pre: http://forums.precentral.net/palm-pr...ml#post1630885
    The fact that the 800w wasn't "WiFi certified": http://discussion.treocentral.com/tr...ml#post1516903
    GPS issue with 800w: http://discussion.treocentral.com/tr...ml#post1491110
    Cracks on the Treo Pro: http://discussion.treocentral.com/tr...ml#post1533131
    A crack on the 755p: http://discussion.treocentral.com/tr...ml#post1303441
    Problems with the 700p ROM update: http://discussion.treocentral.com/tr...on-worthy.html
    Billing errors: http://forums.precentral.net/cdma-no...ng-errors.html
    Sprint cancelling service: http://forums.precentral.net/cdma-no...y-service.html
    Treo 650: http://forums.precentral.net/palm-ge...over-treo.html
    Over the possibility of a Treo 610 : http://forums.precentral.net/gsm-nor...reo-610-a.html
    Treo 600: http://forums.precentral.net/cdma-no...tion-suit.html
    Treo 270/300: http://forums.precentral.net/palm-ge...-suit-yet.html
    Visor: http://forums.precentral.net/marketp...thorities.html
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  14. #34  
    question i was in a rural part of south carolina the other day and my gps google map location was stuck on the tower and not on me is this just the way it is? when i am around town it shows me exactly where i am I had a data connection although it wasn't great it was a connection is there something I can do for next time?
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    #35  
    Ya, same issue for me. SprintNAV can't pick up the gps but gmaps does flawlessly.
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    I have the solution!!! I read this from another post when I did a search on the same topic.

    I was having problems with my Sprint Nav as well. It would not locate me when I wanted directions! It was doing this all weekend and for a few days prior.

    Try this: Turn your Pre off completely. Not just a soft reset!!! Turn off the Pre!! No need to take out the battery either. Turn the Pre back on, and you should be golden again with getting directions and the GPS getting your location.

    I will not take the credit for this. I tried soft resets many times to no avail. It wasn't until I was given the suggestion to turn off the Pre that I then had my answer.

    Please try this for anyone who is having problems with the Sprint Navigation on the Pre prior to bashing Sprint. I personally love the dang Pre and Sprint as well. Couldn't be happier.

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    I wasn't sure if that was what fixed it or i just got closer to town but i did reset it and it started tracking me again yes i was a verizon customer and just have been very pleased with sprint AT&T service suck around here i dont stay in the city so i have enjoyed the CDMA service from sprint!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by prefanatic View Post
    I wish we could get a class action lawsuit against who ever is responsible for this. Not because i really want to take money away from them but because i wanna hit them where it hurts and get some freaking response.
    Yeah, that's the answer.

    +1 to the GPS issues -- sometimes, I simply have to restart the phone to get any GPS functionality at all to work. Was not aware of the ##GPS# thing.
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    Sprint Nav works really well for me provided that I'm in a good EVDO coverage area. As soon as I get into the country, where my signal bounces between 1-2 bars, forget about it.

    Because of this, the Pre (or the Droid, or any other "nav" phone that depends on a 3G connection) is a third-rate GPS device. As soon as the wireless carriers learn that we need offline capability, these phones will destroy Garmin and Tom Tom.
  20. #40  
    +1 on Sprint Nav issues. It seems like, after a reset, it will work a few times, then will refuse to find its location, either routing or on the map. Once it does this, it will probably never work correctly again until another reset.

    Additionally, Google Maps seems to work perfectly every time UNTIL this issue occurs once with Sprint Nav. Then, Google Maps doesn't seem to get a GPS position very often either, until a reset.

    At any time in this pattern, before/after failures, I can use ##GPS# and get a position almost immediately. Margin of accuracy around 12ft, so it's a good fix.

    So it seems to me that the problem here is not hardware, it's a software glitch... and it's introduced by Sprint Nav. I'm going with the others from here on out - avoiding Sprint Nav for now and just using Google Maps. I'll see if the issue recurs just doing that.

    Hopefully Nav will get fixed in 1.3, because it IS a decent navigator when it's not breaking my GPS!
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