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Guest Neil5459

The GPS system is free to use, as it gathers its signals from the satellites, just the same as standalone devices.

However, the TyTn II includes a program called QuickGPS which connects to HTC's servers over GPRS and uses phone mast cell location info to download satellite data over the phone, to get a quicker satellite fix.

This does cost money, though the data stream is quite small. Could add up over time though. I think there is a setting in QuickGPS to disable automatic connections.

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Guest Webreaper
I think there is a setting in QuickGPS to disable automatic connections.

The data is only a few KB, so if you're on a decent tariff it may not matter. The data is also valid for around 6 days, so you're only likely to need to do this 4-5 times a month.

However, as mentioned, you can disable the QuickGPS auto-download so it won't hit your GPRS unless you want it to. It's quite well-thought-out - there's an option (which I've enabled) so it will always download the QuickGPS data when you ActiveSync, so as long as you sync your device reasonably regularly it'll have the most up-to-date GPS data without costing you a penny. ;)

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Guest Neil5459
Google maps does cost a small amount when it downloads the maps but the actual tracking you doesnt cost.

Depends how you define 'small amount' ;)

A Google Map screen is about 200KB (as far as I can tell) so if you are on a PAYG Data plan, that could cost around 50-80p. That would soon add up, so beware.

The tracking must use a small amount of data- typically 250KB per hour continuous signal with similar systems, but can be less with a time-lapsed signal.

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