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Does GPS use up your data allowance?

Do GPS services use up your data allowance? If so, how much... say locating yourself in Google Maps?

Most Useful Answer Pondlife  Feb. 21, 2013 at 21:06

Gps can take a while to lock on though without network assist.

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matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 21, 2013 at 18:31

Loading the maps uses data, acquiring your location via GPS doesn't.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 21, 2013 at 19:51

Like matt says. So, if you have something like Nokia maps (i.e. offline maps stored on your phone) you can use it in offline mode. (caveat - some phones use a type of barometre. It makes that gps lock a bit faster because it sends a little bit of info about your 'height'/elevation. That tiny package needs a data connection afaik; but the usage is negligible, and I cannot think of an actual phone model that utilises the trick LOL)

Pondlife  Feb. 21, 2013 at 21:03

You can download small(ish) areas in google maps too. (well 5 areas iirc)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 21, 2013 at 21:06

Ah, yes...

Pondlife  Feb. 21, 2013 at 21:06

Gps can take a while to lock on though without network assist.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 21, 2013 at 21:09

Gps can take a while to lock on though without network assist.

True, but again, tiny amounts of data.

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