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Can anyone suggest a means for using the GPS capabilities on the Vario/Kaiser while I'm in New York for a few days (I'm UK based) without (1) spending a lot on map software such as TomTom, or (2) spending a lot on roaming data charges for googlemaps or similar to keep updating itself?

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Can anyone suggest a means for using the GPS capabilities on the Vario/Kaiser while I'm in New York for a few days (I'm UK based) without (1) spending a lot on map software such as TomTom, or (2) spending a lot on roaming data charges for googlemaps or similar to keep updating itself?

Rough Guides Map New York City

http://www.pocketgear.com/en_US/html/displ...amp;sf=48190044

or

Pocket A-Z Viewer

http://www.pocketgear.com/en_US/html/displ...amp;sf=48190044

or

Travel New York City - guide and maps

http://www.pocketgear.com/en_US/html/displ...amp;sf=48190044

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Brilliant - thank you!

Actually, having said 'Brilliant' I've now looked at them. I'm not convinced the Rough Guide one is GPS linked, or that the A-Z one is available for New York, or that the Travel New York City one is GPS linked (and it's more of a guide book anyway). Am I missing something?

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Actually, having said 'Brilliant' I've now looked at them. I'm not convinced the Rough Guide one is GPS linked, or that the A-Z one is available for New York, or that the Travel New York City one is GPS linked (and it's more of a guide book anyway). Am I missing something?

ok sorry i did the search under gps maps but pocketgear seems to have left out the fact i put gps in the search, even though on those pages its stated they come under the grouping of gps mapping

Anyway ive used Vito smartmap before on my qtek years ago and i know that has gps function built in. the newyork map cost $4 US which is just over £2 Uk http://vitotechnology.com/en/products/mapofnewyork(usstate).html

the app itself is $24.95 US wich is about £13 UK its located http://vitotechnology.com/en/products/smartmap.html

you can use vito mapmanager for free on your pc to convert other maps to use on the vito smartmap on your phone

the good thing about this program is the city maps are cheap to buy

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Guest Paul (MVP)

The latest Visual IT Tube engine is GPS enabled IIRC, and although it's called 'Tube', they offer overground maps etc. too. Check out http://visualit.co.uk/PocketPC/Tube2_nycpro.htm - it has a 3 day trial too, so depending how long you're going for... ;)

AFAIK the Rough Guides - http://visualit.co.uk/roughguides/ppc/nyc.htm - aren't GPS enabled - or they weren't last time I checked - but they're pretty cool, i've used them before. Sadly, they only have a 1 day demo.

Your best bet, depending on your timescales, would probably be to drop VisualIT a mail and ask them which apps are GPS enabled... and then report back here of course :(

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The latest Visual IT Tube engine is GPS enabled IIRC, and although it's called 'Tube', they offer overground maps etc. too. Check out http://visualit.co.uk/PocketPC/Tube2_nycpro.htm - it has a 3 day trial too, so depending how long you're going for... ;)

AFAIK the Rough Guides - http://visualit.co.uk/roughguides/ppc/nyc.htm - aren't GPS enabled - or they weren't last time I checked - but they're pretty cool, i've used them before. Sadly, they only have a 1 day demo.

Your best bet, depending on your timescales, would probably be to drop VisualIT a mail and ask them which apps are GPS enabled... and then report back here of course :(

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i had saw that one while browsing but thought it was just the tube, i didnt realise it was above ground also

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Thanks Paul and dolbe666 for your help. Having looked at all of these options, the Tube2 one seems to be the only one that fits the bill. But as Paul suggested, while the Geo variant claims GPS compatability, there's no mention of it on the newer Pro product. So as he suggests, I've written to them (crediting MoDaCo as Paul asked) to ask them.

I'm there for five days, so the free three day trial doesn't quite do it for me. But I'm now running out of time to make a decision. I guess it might be cheaper to live with the data roaming charges and use Googlemaps than spend $20+ on a product I'll probably never use again.

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Guest jimbouk

You will spend £50 minimum on data if you leave google maps or similar to download maps.

One option would be to install the tomtom v6 thats floating around that comes with one free map - and choose New York.

I installed it with London as a trial to see if I liked tomtom and can't decide whether to pay £40 for the UK maps or not.

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One option would be to install the tomtom v6 thats floating around that comes with one free map - and choose New York.

I get the impression he wants a legitimate solution rather than something that's 'floating around'... unless of course there is a legitimate way to get that one map offer?

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Yes, Geo for New York is available, and it's clearly an option. But the street maps look rather basic.

The TomTom trial with free city map could well be an option - as it doesn't come with the Vario variant of Kaiser, can someone point me at it?

Thanks again for lots of constructive suggestions.

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Ah... the tomtom offer I am referring to is a bit weird! Its called their "taster" edition and it seems to be completely legal - you install tomtom home onto your pc, and can claim your free map (not a whole country obviously) and of course can purchase new maps etc.

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Ah... the tomtom offer I am referring to is a bit weird! Its called their "taster" edition and it seems to be completely legal - you install tomtom home onto your pc, and can claim your free map (not a whole country obviously) and of course can purchase new maps etc.

As it happens I've already got TomTom Home on my pc as I've got a TT700. I'm not sure that this will disqualify me from taking up an opening offer?

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Smart2Go is mystifying, Paul. Tried downloading their software, but you end up with a zipped folder with no obvious .exe file to run. The instructions say to copy the installation file to your device, the nearest thing to it is one called _setup.exe but copying and running this on the V3 achieves precisely nothing. And I can't see where one finds the maps for NYC (or wherever) even if one does get past the puzzling start. (I may, of course, be being spectacularly dim!) So, many thanks for the suggestion, but it hasn't worked for me!

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Guest Paul (MVP)

Download the Smart2Go CAB, and install by copying to your device and running:

http://fpb.smart2go.com/free_downloads/smart2go.CAB

Then once that is installed, download the Map Loader, which is a PC application for preloading maps to your device:

http://fpb.smart2go.com/free_downloads/Nok...er_Setup_en.exe

From that application, you should be able to configure the maps you want to use ;)

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