iPhone 3G gets GPS expected at a $199

One of the biggest features of the new iPhone 3G is GPS. This includes live, updated tracking on Google Maps. There is even news today of TomTom preparing an app for the App Store.

“Our navigation system runs on the iPhone already,”

The GPS in the iPhone is not your normal GPS. With the iPhone you get A-GPS or assisted GPS. The iPhone uses it’s internet connection through the cell network to get information about where the sattelites are currently located and makes a faster connection.

Have you ever noticed that when in a building, GPS can’t get signal to the satellites. The iPhone 3G also uses the info from the cell phone towers and wifi routers to give you location information when GPS is not available.

Not only does the GPS pinpoint your location, it tracks you as you move. Using the stock Maps application you will get a blue dot that move and tracks with you as you move. This GPS and tracking info is available to the built in apps and apps in the App Store. So you can now geotag your pictures! Here’s a video of what the tracking looks like:

 

Finally, the GPS is built so it doesn’t drain your battery. It only turns on when needed and is built to load up quickly.

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So, what’s the catch? It sounds like there is a catch and if you’re planning on unlocking, it’s a big catch. AT&T is saying there will be in store activation only, and there may be a penalty for not activating your iPhone 3G within 30 days of purchase. You also have to sign a 2 year contract whether you have an existing iPhone and/or account. They are also dropping the GoPhone plans and raising the data plan to $30 a month from $20 due to 3G. This shouldn’t effect me since I’m already with AT&T. We’ll probably move our numbers to the new iPhones and unlock our old ones for testing purposes. $10 more a month x2 for 3G is ok I guess (once they get it in our area).

Links:-
http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=4800&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=25791
http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSB46553120080609
http://www.appleiphoneschool.com/2008/06/10/iphone-3g-gets-gps/

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One Response to “iPhone 3G gets GPS expected at a $199”

  1. fullorissa Says:

    http://blogs.fullorissa.com/?p=111

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