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GPS Not Working Abroad

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ostiarius Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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Aug 14, 2009 1:17 PM
Hi All, I'm currently in Europe and I'm having problems with the GPS; it is not working at all. I cannot get a location in any of my Apps with it. Whenever I try to use it, it searches for a minute and then I get a message saying "Your location could not be determined". I do have data roaming turned off, but I don't think it should matter for the GPS, I've used the GPS with the phone on airplane mode in the US before, and it's not working when I am connected to wifi.

Thanks for you help.
iPhone 3GS, iPhone OS 3.0
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,140 points)
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    Aug 14, 2009 1:22 PM (in response to ostiarius)
    GPS often needs a clear view of the sky. Do you have a clear view of the sky?

    " I've used the GPS with the phone on airplane mode in the US before"

    I doubt that. Page 137 of the manual:

    "When airplane mode is on... GPS reception is turned off, disabling many of iPhone’s features."
    powerbook g4, iMac 20, Mac OS X (10.5.1), airport express, iphone, ipod, ipod touch
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,140 points)
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    Aug 14, 2009 1:34 PM (in response to ostiarius)
    You may need to try a reset. If that doesn't work, maybe a restore would help. Both can be found in the manual:

    http://manuals.info.apple.com/enUS/iPhone_UserGuide.pdf

    BTW, the GPS chip itself does not function in airplane mode.
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  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,140 points)
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    Aug 14, 2009 2:08 PM (in response to ostiarius)
    Did you try a reset?
    powerbook g4, iMac 20, Mac OS X (10.5.1), airport express, iphone, ipod, ipod touch
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,140 points)
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    Aug 14, 2009 2:16 PM (in response to ostiarius)
    Have you tried turning airplane mode on, then turning it back off again? Others have reported that this can help.
    powerbook g4, iMac 20, Mac OS X (10.5.1), airport express, iphone, ipod, ipod touch
  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,430 points)
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    Aug 14, 2009 2:22 PM (in response to ostiarius)
    Data roaming off DOES matter, because the maps are downloaded as needed over the network. It should work if you have a WiFi connection, but not otherwise.
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  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,635 points)
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    Aug 14, 2009 2:25 PM (in response to Lawrence Finch)
    Only if using an app that needs data, i.e. Maps. Some apps only need the GPS data, i.e. GPSRecorder and GPS Ally.
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  • Richard Liu Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
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    Aug 14, 2009 3:31 PM (in response to ostiarius)
    I believe the location system sometimes uses access points from which it receives signals to get a quick fix. It does this by sending the identification of the access point to a service like Skyhook. Skyhook actively maintains a database of access points and locations. If data roaming is turned off, location services can't get to Skyhook. I don't know how long locations service tries to get a true GPS satellite fix before deciding it's not worth the battery drain.
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  • Jim VanLeeuwen Level 6 Level 6 (18,820 points)
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    Aug 14, 2009 7:03 PM (in response to ostiarius)
    If you have airplane mode turned on, the GPS receiver is turned off. From the User Guide, page 137, "When airplane mode is on, ... No phone, radio, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth signals are emitted from iPhone and GPS reception is turned off, disabling many of iPhone’s features.
    24" iMac 2.8GHz Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPhone 3GS - 5 iPods
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