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SC::UK Level 1 (45 points)
Has anyone else found that their original iPhones can no longer locate them using triangulation? I click on the "locate" button in Google Maps and it just sits there for minutes and never locates me on the map. Is this a bug, or a problem specific to my phone?

MacBook Pro 17", Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 5G iPod, iPhone, Time Capsule
  • Jeremy Echols Level 1 (0 points)
    I need an answer to the same issue...I dont know whats going on with it. It seems like a minor issue, but this is something that I use a far amount! Especially right now since I am doing a road trip from Texas to Washington (state)!!! Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!
  • the saintsman Level 1 (0 points)
    Getting the same problem here - tried a complete restoration but no joy
  • tuffs Level 1 (15 points)
    To be honest mine has never really located me anywhere near, I think the closest it ever got was 100miles... maybe us in the UK have a poorer network to locate ourselves
  • nobblers Level 1 (0 points)
    This feature always worked fine for me with the old software. Upgraded to 2.0 last night. I live in West London and Google maps is now locating me in Kansas!!! What on earth is going on?
  • marvinyousry Level 1 (30 points)
    this happened to me right after the 2.0 firmware upgrade. after it managed to locate me it then did it much faster the second, third, fourth time etc...
  • tuffs Level 1 (15 points)
    I've justed dropped a pin in my home location, right on my house in Hull, in google maps. I try to "locate" myself and it moves away to Sheffield. Is there anyway to improve the accuracy, like teach it where you are...?
  • Jeremy Echols Level 1 (0 points)
    let me guess....Wichita, KS? Thats where it found me the one time that it found me....however, I'm not in Kansas haha...
  • Jeremy Echols Level 1 (0 points)
    how long did you get it go to try to search until it found you?
  • Oliver Chaddock Level 1 (65 points)
    Same problem here. Original iPhone upgraded to 2.0. When I ask gMaps to locate me 9 times out of 10 it just searches and searches endlessly. It did work once this morning when i was out, but then after that every time i try again it just shows me all blue instead of the map.

    Annoying, since it always used to work so well on version 1.x
  • mkoistinen Level 1 (5 points)
    Hi all. Same problem here. Even tried a full restore and re-install of 2.0 for my original iPhone. Faux-GPS used to work great, now the "locate me" icon just spins indefinitely without returning any result.

    I suspect that the faux-GPS servers are waiting on some form of authentication from an iPhone registry from Apple, but like many other iPhone-related services, these authentication servers are currently overwhelmed. 100% pure guess though.
  • SC::UK Level 1 (45 points)
    There are two things that the iPhone uses to locate you. One is a database of Wifi hotspots and the other is cell tower triangulation. Those people getting odd results, such as Kansas my be doing so because of bad Wifi info. When I am not near a WiFi router, such as at work, then I get nothing at all. When I am around WiFi, it sometimes works. So I suspect the Cell tower function is broken on our phones with 2.0. I know mine worked with 1.1.4.
  • the saintsman Level 1 (0 points)
    Just been into my local Apple store (by the way I'm in the UK). Google Maps thought i was just off the coast of Alaska, whereas down the road in Starbucks it thought I was in a small village in Germany

    Demo'd it to one of the guys in the shop on my phone, a store demo phone & his own phone.... all gave the same result!

    Seeing a Genius tomorrow so if I learn anything I'll post here.

    Think what i'll learn is "erm, that's not right, think there's a generic fault"
  • Nathan C Level 5 (6,260 points)

    This article has information on updating WiFi based location service results:

    Hope this helps,

    Nathan C.
  • the saintsman Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks. However I was stood in the Apple Store using Apple's own Wifi..... perhaps someone at Apple should read it too!

    Also doesn't explain the complete failure when not on Wifi

    At least it means they know there's a fault though
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