Verizon Relents! GPS to Open Up Next Year!
Ok, we're totally not going to take credit for this, but it looks like people who have joined our campaign to demand Verizon unlock GPS on their Windows Mobile offerings are receiving a stock reply that's looking, well, good! User efudd sends us his reply from the Big V:
Emphasis ours above. That's the Omnia, Saga, and Touch Pro, yo. That's complete, open, standalone GPS. Heck, we're even going to grant the point (because we should) that implementing GPS on the latest generation of fully-integrated chips is really tough these days. Still, chalk this one up under the Win column.
This isn't WMExperts taking credit though, because, well, it looks like our strategy of physical, snail-mail email wasn't the right strategy (Thanks for nothing, US Postal service -- at least when email fails, we get an error message). This was all you guys, the heroes. Heck, maybe Verizon meant to do this from the get-go (they have been claiming they intend on being more open), but a little pressure doesn't hurt!
Big ups to our readers and big ups to Verizon for doing the right thing.
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In addition, the current Verizon Pro's memory has been crippled to a point it can barely run Opera half the time. Giving us GPS is great, but where's the memory so I we can run our memory intensive GPS programs?!? On the Fuze & Sprint Pro, that's where :(
but not safe enough for stand alone programs? Maybe if a stuff a $10.00 bill into the phone case every month it will work.
Technical Support" so i'm wondering if this rumor is even true or it's being kept on the down low until the time gets closer....i'm hoping they will truely unlock the GPS on this phone because this phone is amazing so far...
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I'm hoping it's the former.