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Any feature phones work with Google Maps?
Zachs60
Member

I was looking to switch from Sprint to my wife's Verizon plan. I was wondering if there were any feature phones that allowed Google Maps? My wife's EnV Touch doesn't and a couple of the other feature phones don't either. Are there any current generation or previous generation phones that have the following:

 

Touch screen

Physical keyboard (slide or flip)

Allows Google Maps to work with the phone's GPS.

 

Thanks

Zach

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Squallfyr
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Touch screen--More than half-- Physical keyboard (slide or flip)--99% of them-- Allows Google Maps to work with the phone's GPS.--Not ow, not probaly ever.
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RoyB_VZW
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Squallfire is correct. There currently are not any feature phones that have Google Map capabilities. To sign up for alerts when new products or services are made available, click here

 

Thanks, 

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startiger
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Google maps doesn't work on Kin Twom either.

 

BUT . .

 

Mobile Bing works on the Twom's browser. When you first load up m.bing.com, there's a 'Maps' listed on the menu. This is misleading, because after you enter your location it brings up a bing search page for maps. Don't let this fool you. Load the m.bing.com page again, and where it was 'Maps' before, is now 'Traffic'. This is basically Bing MAPS WITH Traffic. And there's an icon on the lower left corner to turn traffic on/off. Yes, it doesn't work quite the same as google maps. But with this 'Traffic' and Directions from the mobile Bing page, you can get something very useful on the Twom. You really have to test Bing mobile Directions, it's wonderful. There's a map to go with every step of direction. The only downside is you need a connection, or go through all the steps in the direction while connected on wi-fi, then go back to the first step before disconnecting and heading out.

 

There's no GPS/geo-location integration and Bing's voice search doesn't work on the Twom, but it's much better than relying on Google Places and plain text directions through a wap only browser.

 

If you really have to have Google maps, then at the moment there's no other choice than to get a smartphone or 3g tablet (those large displays are better for mapping). If you want something on the cheap, the kindle 3g can do Google maps through the browser, it's free 3g for the time being, and the display is usable outdoors. Depends on your usage/needs.

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Squallfyr
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Its Squall F Y R.......darn automated responses....
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rhondaweasley
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The problem is some of us NEED features only provided by Google Maps, namely public transportation. I also often use public transportation in conjuction with walking/biking for exercise reasons. Not having google maps in my hand makes navigating unfamiliar streets more difficult for me and I'm horrible with directions.

I recently switched to a more basic phone to lower my phone bill and found out I can't use the Google Maps application on the phone, despite the GPS. No other maps provides me with what I need except Google Maps.

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mdram4x4
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rhondaweasley wrote:

The problem is some of us NEED features only provided by Google Maps, namely public transportation. I also often use public transportation in conjuction with walking/biking for exercise reasons. Not having google maps in my hand makes navigating unfamiliar streets more difficult for me and I'm horrible with directions.

I recently switched to a more basic phone to lower my phone bill and found out I can't use the Google Maps application on the phone, despite the GPS. No other maps provides me with what I need except Google Maps.

use your old phone on wifi

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rcschnoor
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mdram4x4 wrote:

rhondaweasley wrote:

The problem is some of us NEED features only provided by Google Maps, namely public transportation. I also often use public transportation in conjuction with walking/biking for exercise reasons. Not having google maps in my hand makes navigating unfamiliar streets more difficult for me and I'm horrible with directions.

I recently switched to a more basic phone to lower my phone bill and found out I can't use the Google Maps application on the phone, despite the GPS. No other maps provides me with what I need except Google Maps.

use your old phone on wifi

This won't help alot, since wifi is not available when someone is out navigating unfamiliar streets.

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rcschnoor
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Then it seems to be a question of which is more important, having access to Google Maps, or saving money on your phone bill. There are always trade-offs with any decision.

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