Home arrow Opinions arrow Page 2 - Upcoming Trend: GPS-Enabled Cell Phone...
Watch our Tech Videos 
Dev Hardware Forums 
Computer Cases  
Computer Processors  
Computer Systems  
Digital Cameras  
Flat Panels  
Hardware Guides  
Hardware News  
Input Devices  
Mobile Devices  
Networking Hardware  
PC Cooling  
PC Speakers  
Power Supply Units  
Sound Cards  
Storage Devices  
Tech Interviews  
User Experiences  
Video Cards  
Weekly Newsletter
Developer Updates  
Free Website Content 
 RSS  Articles
 RSS  Forums
 RSS  All Feeds
Write For Us 
Contact Us 
Site Map 
Privacy Policy 
  >>> SIGN UP!  
  Lost Password? 

Upcoming Trend: GPS-Enabled Cell Phones
By: Barzan "Tony" Antal
  • Search For More Articles!
  • Disclaimer
  • Author Terms
  • Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars / 4

    Table of Contents:
  • Upcoming Trend: GPS-Enabled Cell Phones
  • Earlier Attempts
  • Future Projects
  • Final Thoughts

  • Rate this Article: Poor Best 
      Del.ici.ous Digg
      Blink Simpy
      Google Spurl
      Y! MyWeb Furl
    Email Me Similar Content When Posted
    Add Developer Shed Article Feed To Your Site
    Email Article To Friend
    Print Version Of Article
    PDF Version Of Article


    Upcoming Trend: GPS-Enabled Cell Phones - Earlier Attempts

    (Page 2 of 4 )

    Technically speaking, there are a few ways to turn a cellular phone into a device that has GPS capabilities. The first is using an additional GPS receiver module. This can be either wired or wireless. Then you also need to sign up for a subscription-based plan for these GPS “services” with your network operator. This was one of the earlier attempts and it worked with phones that were not designed for GPS usage.

    There were two drawbacks to this solution: the first was network dependency (GPRS data transfer), while the second was its monthly plan. Simply put, you were depending on the service of your network carrier and, thus, network coverage was required, and we all know that this is trickier in some areas; but with traditional GPS devices, absolute and ubiquitous worldwide coverage is provided.

    Second, GPS facilities should be free. That’s the way they were designed, so we all should be able to benefit and take advantage of this global system monitoring without paying a cent. Yes, but in this case, you were paying for your network operator to support you with the required information.

    The second way to hook up a non-GPS designed phone with these capabilities could be done entirely through software. This means that you purchase and acquire the software suite or package that contains the maps for the required zones (i.e. Europe, North American, etc.). Furthermore, you’re going to need the additional GPS receiver module here too. And then you are all hooked up.

    The aforementioned strategy is more cost-effective in the long run and much more reliable. Your GPS facilities won’t be network dependent and you won't pay for any further subscriptions or new plans with your carrier. The “maps” are in storage.

    Neither of these two methods offered sufficient portability. If portability is a must, and in this article that’s the subject we are tackling, then we must talk about the add-ons that were designed by phone manufacturers to enhance their previous releases. However, we must not confuse these with the already integrated GPS-based solutions, which we are going to cover later on. These are just workarounds.

    Back in early 2005, Nokia released the Xpress-on GPS shell as well as LAM-1, which was an additional module. With the latter, another extra antenna (a bit longer) was given to increase signal catching efficiency. With these kits, you could easily turn your Nokia 9210 phones, and other alternatives, into a handheld portable GPS gadget.

    Going on this same track, Sony Ericsson also launched a new line of GPS Enablers, as they called it, specifically the HGE-100. It was compatible with their K530i lines, but ultimately the “supported list of models” was thoroughly expanded. Check it out below!

    (GPS Enabler HGE-100 - Photo Courtesy of “MobileGazette”)

    Nevertheless, the time has come for us to talk about native GPS-integrated cell phones. As soon as the cost of GPS chips went down and incorporating them into mobile phones became feasible, several companies adopted this path. Lots of the already popular and respectable manufacturers of handheld and car GPS devices launched “GPS Phone” models too, such as Mio A701 and Pharos GPS Phone.

    (Mio A701 GPS Phone - Photo Courtesy of “GPSTekReviews”)

    Moreover, the most important criteria can be narrowed down to absolute ubiquity (worldwide) without paying for a network operator. You see, I for one don’t like the notion of paying for a network carrier just because they have a large server that handles the requests of hundreds of people and delivers “turn-by-turn” based directions when this is possible for anyone with the right tools.

    Last, but definitely not least, a rather interesting attempt is currently being made by a company called Blue Sky Positioning. Their goal is to incorporate a fully functional GPS receiver into the obsolete mobile phone SIM card. They have various patents for how they are planning to accomplish this, and apparently this GPS-incorporated SIM card would cost around 8€. Once this is done, it would benefit GSM users who want GPS capabilities without having to upgrade their phones!

    More Opinions Articles
    More By Barzan "Tony" Antal

    blog comments powered by Disqus


    - Apple iPad Mini Release No Big Deal
    - Cyborg Steve Mann Assaulted at McDonald`s in...
    - Are Forums Still Relevant?
    - The Top Tech Successes for 2011
    - Kindle DX versus Nook Color
    - Top Tech for 2011
    - New Exascale Supercomputer Set to Change the...
    - IT Inventory and Resource Management with OC...
    - Blizzard Forum Users Can Say Goodbye to Thei...
    - iPhone 4 Issue: Apple, Can You Hear Us Now?
    - Here`s Your Flying Car
    - Hardware News of Note
    - WorldLenns Hints at Wider Vision
    - Make Electronics: Learning By Discovery Book...
    - Opening Highlights of the Apple Worldwide De...

    Developer Shed Affiliates


    © 2003-2019 by Developer Shed. All rights reserved. DS Cluster - Follow our Sitemap
    KEITHLEE2zdeconfigurator/configs/INFUSIONSOFT_OVERLAY.phpzdeconfigurator/configs/ OFFLOADING INFUSIONSOFTLOADING INFUSIONSOFT 1debug:overlay status: OFF
    overlay not displayed overlay cookie defined: TI_CAMPAIGN_1012_D OVERLAY COOKIE set:
    status off