Advice for GPS to use during visit to UK (Yorkshire Dales)

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Isabel Cutler
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Advice for GPS to use during visit to UK (Yorkshire Dales)

Time is getting short - still haven't solved the mobile phone (have a Verizon Galaxy S3 which we won't be able to use) issue and will need a gps for the car.

Does it make sense to buy one or rent one from the car rental place.

Looking for the most costwise options.

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Lumixdude Senior Member • Posts: 2,782
Re: Advice for GPS to use during visit to UK (Yorkshire Dales)

Buy an Android/iPhone of some description and use google maps?

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Re: Advice for GPS to use during visit to UK (Yorkshire Dales)

Data coverage in that area is spotty and Google maps requires data connection - don't think that would be optimum.

Otherwise, we use Google maps all the time here in the US.  Love it - although preferred the previous version.

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Simon Cowell Senior Member • Posts: 2,523
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Doesn't the S3 have turn-by-turn satnav-style navigation with Google maps?

paul_kew Senior Member • Posts: 1,299
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The cheapest GPS in Halfords (the big car chain store) is £50, how much would hiring one be?

Or buy a map?

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Copilot uk&ire.

Turn by turn, works without needing phone signal or data (just gps) so should be fine on s3.

used it for years before updating my data package

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Simon Cowell Senior Member • Posts: 2,523
Re: Advice for GPS to use during visit to UK (Yorkshire Dales)

Just read your previous comment about little coverage and you may be right.

As an alternative to a GPS device you might also think about TomTom's android app which is about £38 in the UK.

Lumixdude Senior Member • Posts: 2,782
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If you buy a true GPS you're better off buying it in the UK so you don't have to pay for maps. If you decide to keep it then you can buy US maps when you get home, otherwise you can sell it when you're leaving the country and recover most of your outlay.

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Linda F Regular Member • Posts: 412
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Why can't you use your mobile? Presume there is nothing to stop you using a GB SIM in the phone?

Pre download and cache the appropriate GOOGLE maps then use in the UK, I've cached maps for use in France with no problems at all.

Someone  like TESCO does a pay as you go SIM for £1.00, minimum top up £10 and 500mb data for a month for another £5.

fairly inexpensive solution.

Dheorl Veteran Member • Posts: 3,211
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Most hire cars come with a map. Well they always used to anyway.

If you really don't know how you use a map and must rely on GPS then as said, you can just download the area you need.

Mark Thornton Veteran Member • Posts: 3,400
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The download/cache option seems to have disappeared from the latest release of google maps on android. Of course they may have moved the functionality to somewhere that I didn't find ...

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Mark Thornton Veteran Member • Posts: 3,400
Re: Advice for GPS to use during visit to UK (Yorkshire Dales)

Dheorl wrote:

Most hire cars come with a map. Well they always used to anyway.

Always been an optional extra in my experience. The extra fee usually exceeding the cost of a basic GPS unit.

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Re: Advice for GPS to use during visit to UK (Yorkshire Dales)

It does, but Verizon, our provider, has dumbed down the use of data.  It isn't a global phone.

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Re: Map....what's that?....

  Considering my aging vision that would be difficult and I'm directionally challenged!

Haven't checked rental prices with the rental agency.  Will have to do that.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Re: Advice for GPS to use during visit to UK (Yorkshire Dales)

Mark Thornton wrote:

Dheorl wrote:

Most hire cars come with a map. Well they always used to anyway.

Always been an optional extra in my experience. The extra fee usually exceeding the cost of a basic GPS unit.

I think that he may be talking about that rare object, a paper map!

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chrisjjb wrote:

Copilot uk&ire.

Turn by turn, works without needing phone signal or data (just gps) so should be fine on s3.

used it for years before updating my data package

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Hummm...that sounds intriguing!  Will have to check it out!

Thanks.

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Re: Advice for GPS to use during visit to UK (Yorkshire Dales)

Lumixdude wrote:

If you buy a true GPS you're better off buying it in the UK so you don't have to pay for maps. If you decide to keep it then you can buy US maps when you get home, otherwise you can sell it when you're leaving the country and recover most of your outlay.

Good suggestion!  Thanks.

Isabel

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Re: Advice for GPS to use during visit to UK (Yorkshire Dales)

Linda F wrote:

Why can't you use your mobile? Presume there is nothing to stop you using a GB SIM in the phone?

Pre download and cache the appropriate GOOGLE maps then use in the UK, I've cached maps for use in France with no problems at all.

Someone like TESCO does a pay as you go SIM for £1.00, minimum top up £10 and 500mb data for a month for another £5.

fairly inexpensive solution.

Our provider, Verizon, has a different system than other providers and it won't work with a SIM overseas.

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Re: Will check out TESCO - Thanks (nt)
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Re: Advice for GPS to use during visit to UK (Yorkshire Dales)

Mark Thornton wrote:

Dheorl wrote:

Most hire cars come with a map. Well they always used to anyway.

Always been an optional extra in my experience. The extra fee usually exceeding the cost of a basic GPS unit.

Suspected cost would be high.

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