Does the Palm Pre or Pixi Plus have a free navigation app...like Google Maps, maybe? I'm thinking of going from a Windows phone to Palm but don't want to loose the free turn-by-turn navigation I have now. If so, is it already installed on the phone or do you have to download an app? Also, are there still problems with GPS on the Palm phones? Thanks, much!
Unfortunately, as far as I know (being a Pre Plus owner, I want to have GPS function working too), there is no app for that, or some app is useful. Even I have another palm, palm centro, I have Garmin Mobile Xt installed and paired with a bluetooth gps receiver, working perfectly.
I have the Palm Pixi Plus and in the past I've had Palm Centro, I upgraded because of the many differences in software & apps. My experience is that you need to have a data plan to access the internet for about $25/month. There are manny free apps & software easily accessible on the phone, like Google Maps which offers turn by turn directions. You'd be surprised at the similarity this phone has to the Droid or iPhone. I highly recommend the phone, I have had a few technical problems in the past, but have had great luck in resolving. What Palm offers also is, they offer there own Support besides that of ur service provider which is great.
Hope this helps.
I've had a Pre Plus since Ma 2010 and have had limited success with it's GPS functionality. More often than not when I open Google Maps and hit the button for my current location I receive the message "Your current location is unavailable" and those times when it does work the location is far from accurate (and yes I have the GPS not the by tower option on). I just opened up Google maps and the phone is showing my current location as my home when I am actually at work 15 miles away. It is kind of curious that it is showing my home as the current location, it hasn't done that before.
There are inherent issues with the Palm Pre Plus and the GPS. Without purchasing Verizon Navigator for $10/month, the Palm Pre Plus GPS won't work properly. I thought my phone was broken because the GPS recently stopped working. They sent me a replacement phone, same issue. Their solution: buy a new upgraded phone, or subscribe to Verizon Navigation. The unhelpful tech last night tried to blame it on Google. It's ridiculous.
I've had my Pre Plus since soon after it's first availabilty. The GPS/ Google Maps feature has never worked correctly. It consistently puts me at least 3 miles from my actual location... often in the middle of a local river when I'm at work. At first I spent much time on the phone with different levels of support with Verizon and Palm - "The fix is coming" I was told each time. I've given up on a fix.
In 7 days I'm eligible for an upgrade and I'm picking up the Droid X. THAT GPS works perfectly everytime I activate it (my daughter has one and she lets me 'play' with it sometimes) -- it even shows me what part of a parking lot I'm in. And that's without paying extra for Verizon Navigator which consistently lost signals while I was in and around Philadelphia.
I've also been waiting for 'Documents to Go' for the Palm Pre, having had it for previous Palm products. I've given up waiting for that as well. It is readily available for the Android system.
I have been doing some reading on this issue around the net. I was surprised how many articles point the finger back at Verizon for the Pre Plus GPS issues. From what I've read it automatically tries to determine location using aGPS, which Verizon blocks, unless you have VZ Navigator. When it doesn't receive a reply it will than fall back to conventional GPS, but by that time it can't find a signal or it's still looking for your location 20 minutes ago. The only complaints I came across about the inaccurate GPS were from Verizon customers. Is this a problem that only Verizon has and if so are they going to be fixing it soon?
I have tried a couple of programs to correct the GPS problems, with limited success. I'm tired of my friends with Droid phones going on about how great their phones are and being able to use all the apps that rely on the GPS. The Pre Plus can handle its own but not against other phones GPS functionality.
Does this same GPS problem exist with the Pre2? Will they be eliminated by the Pre3?
Has anyone considered a class action suit against Verizon ? I have had Verizon for several years and during that time I have frequently noted that their actions are borderline. Perhaps it is time to put that to the test.