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Standard User athegn
(member) Tue 17-May-11 09:48:53
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Google Latitude on low spec smartphone


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My wife wants a "smartphone" but not up to full spec.

Looking at:-

http://shop.orange.co.uk/mobile-phones/san-francisco...

price looks right but will need a package for data.

Tried an Orange shop yesterday but did not understand what they were saying. Bolt on £7.50 per month but unable to use Google Maps; salesman said that package used to but now stopped.

Reason that interest in Google maps is so that my wife and I can use Google Latitude to track each other.

Accept that maybe have to pay for better contract but very reluctant to go over £15 per month, two year contract, including texts, minutes and data.

Any advice please?
Standard User Spasch
(fountain of knowledge) Tue 17-May-11 17:14:46
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Buy a 'smartphone' outright and get a SIM only contract with data..
Standard User Michael_Chare
(member) Tue 17-May-11 21:51:58
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Re: Google Latitude on low spec smartphone


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Nokia provide street maps which you can download to their smart phones. This provides map data without the need for a mobile connection - in many countries.

HTC have something similar.

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Anonymous
(Unregistered)Tue 17-May-11 22:15:18
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Re: Google Latitude on low spec smartphone


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What's wrong with the traditional "Hi darling I am on the train..." ?
Standard User athegn
(member) Wed 18-May-11 09:43:04
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Re: Google Latitude on low spec smartphone


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The advantage of Latitude is that both parties can see where each is; there are circumstances where this can be vital.

If I am on the train I would rarely phone to advise. However if I am incapable of speaking, due to a medical emergency, my wife could see where I am and make her way there. This happened last year and it took a long while to get her to me as she did not know the area I was in, I tend to go off local areas a lot, and she was getting instructions from a third party who did not know the area where she was nor the area I was in, as they where just driving through; causing both of us some concern until reunited.

I have to say that most of the time this would be more of a convenience rather than vital as we often meet up at places neither have visited before.

I have Mapdroid on my HTC but it does not send my location to another phone.
Standard User has2bok
(member) Wed 18-May-11 13:09:46
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The San Francisco is easily unlocked and can be done for free. Just buy it pay as you go and then go for whichever sim only deal you prefer.

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Anonymous
(Unregistered)Thu 19-May-11 01:15:54
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Some of us just prefer our wives NOT to know where we are wink
Standard User SimonCandest
(knowledge is power) Sat 28-May-11 17:45:33
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I got a Samsung Europa I5500 from carphone warehouse for £10 a month. It includes 100 mins 100 texts and 500MB of data. Is loads for me. Runs Android so does google maps with ease, and latitude.

Worth a look if you don't want to spend too much like I didn't.....

[edit] fwiw, it's not that low spec either. Is quite good all things considered.

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Standard User athegn
(member) Sun 29-May-11 08:29:12
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Thank you for the info.

Does it have the "smartphone" mini USB charger socket; means that we could both use the same charger when on holiday?
Standard User SimonCandest
(knowledge is power) Mon 30-May-11 13:05:47
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Yes, it has a "smartphone" mini usb charger - I could not honestly say it is the same as another "smartphone" mini usb socket as I don't have another one to check it with. But it did come with 2 cables. One the plug type for mains socket and the other was a usb data/charging cable which charges from the PC and Laptop no problem.

I do have to advise of shocking battery life though. I upgraded the phone, unofficially, to FROYO and now get a couple of days out of the battery. In itself for me this is not an issue since I can plug it in to charge over night. I also do use it heavily for gps, web, apps etc etc. If you turn off all the extras like gps, mobile data etc, the battery does last longer. 3-4 days between charges.

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