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Google Maps on top.

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Techie Stuff
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  • UndervaluedUndervalued Forumite
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    Thanks but not really what I'm after. I want the whole screen to stay as Maps. The dashboard display will show who's calling, I don't need the phone to switch display at all.

    Oh well I'll keep looking but may have to upgrade the car instead :rotfl:

    How about using an old mobile just as a sat nav? If you download one of the excellent free navigation programs such as Navmii, that stores the whole maps on the device so, unlike Google or Apple Maps it doesn't have to fetch data on the go. Therefore you don't need a sim card in the old phone.

    That's what I do.......
  • bob_a_builderbob_a_builder Forumite
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    unlike Google or Apple Maps it doesn't have to fetch data on the go
    Just to point out Google Maps will also work in offline mode too, no data or SIM required
    Look for the 2 menu items
    Wi-Fi only & Offline maps
  • UndervaluedUndervalued Forumite
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    Just to point out Google Maps will also work in offline mode too, no data or SIM required
    Look for the 2 menu items
    Wi-Fi only & Offline maps

    Yes, but unless I am out of date, don't you have to individually download specific small areas which then self delete after a few months?

    Navmii's UK and Ireland map is about 1GB (from memory). Obviously there are regular updates but even a slightly old one is valid for 99.9% of roads.
  • oldernonethewiseroldernonethewiser Forumite
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    I must admit I prefer the flexibility of an app with installed maps, unlike Google.
  • poppy10_2poppy10_2 Forumite
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    Yes, but unless I am out of date, don't you have to individually download specific small areas which then self delete after a few months?
    I can download the whole of England on Google Maps for offline use (1.2GB) and it stays valid for twelve months nowadays (used to be one month)
    poppy10
  • stragglebodstragglebod Forumite
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    And will by default (you can change this by tapping offline maps in the settings) update the downloaded maps when you're on wifi.
  • StompaStompa Forumite
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    Just to point out Google Maps will also work in offline mode too, no data or SIM required
    Look for the 2 menu items
    Wi-Fi only & Offline maps
    True enough, though offline maps don't appear to be as comprehensive as online ones. For example, minor road names are often absent offline. I imagine there may be other differences too.
    Stompa
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