Verizon charges for navigating using cell towers

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    I've been searching the forum for a couple of hours now and can't seem to find the answer, although I'm sure it's here somewhere. Anyway, on my Droid, if I go to "Settings" and then to "Location & Security" and activate "Use wireless networks", will I be using voice minutes when I navigate using the "Car Home" app on my Droid (since I'm using the towers for location information)? I called customer service at Verizon, and the rep said no I wouldn't be using minutes, but he didn't sound too sure of his answer.

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    You're still using Data; you're just not using the GPS that's in the phone, so your navigation won't be as accurate.
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    You won't be charged minutes, but FYI; Verizon does record their calls and will refer back to them. So even if you were charged, you can get reimbursed because the rep told you that you wouldn't.

    I called and asked if I would be roaming when I was in Puerto Rico, and the verizon rep told me no.

    I was roaming in Puerto Rico and got charged like $200. I called back and they weren't going to do anything until I told them that I called on a certin date and she told me that I would not be charged. They listened to the tape and gave me a refund.
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    I must be confused. I thought I read somewhere that if I turned on both "GPS satellites" and "wireless networks" I'd get better accuracy than with just having the GPS feature turned on and leaving "wireless networks" turned off. Thanks.
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    I thought the wireless was used only when gps signal was poor. maybe I was way off.
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    Wireless Network will triangulate your position using as many cell towers as you are connected to at any given time, but it's not terribly accurate.

    GPS gets its information from the satellite, the same way a Garmin or TomTom would. Way more accurate, but also uses way more battery.

    Neither will be charged by VZW on the Droid, though navigation on other phones does incur a monthly charge.
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    Very good to know. Thanks!
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    Thanks for all the responses. I'll keep the battery issue in mind when I navigate. It could become an issue.

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    KenH
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    The only time I ever use the navigation is when I'm in the car, and my phone is plugged in any time I'm in the car anyway; so it's not a big deal.
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    Ah I'd wondered about this, too. I'm wondering if there's a speed difference as far as pulling up directions, as I've navigated a few times and it seemed to take forever, then other times it was really quick and the distance and such was not so different than when it was slow.

    Has anyone else noticed if there was a speed difference using GPS vs. network for navigating?
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    There can be, depending on how long it takes to get a GPS fix. However, the time it takes to obtain a GPS fix isn't a constant amount. It can definitely vary.

    Accuracy is the biggest difference. Triangulation is fairly useless for navigation. I've seen a margin of error up to 2100m or so.

    I think this was addressed above but minutes aren't used no matter what. Minutes are for voice calls. That's it.
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    Thanks for the answer Takeshi! I guess I won't even worry about the network aspect of navigation, as that margin of error is pretty dramatic.

    Shame that GPS sometimes takes so long, which seems longer if you're already lost and in a busy area needing guidance ASAP. Oh well, I guess the key is just to plan ahead to use navigation and wait for directions before going anywhere.
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