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I was waiting for a whole month or less for the bell worker to get the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant to be shipped in so I can finally get my hands on a Android 2.2

Going back there she tells me that she was informed of why it never came-
Samsung refused to ship these out due to problems STILL with the GPS and reading that online, they fixed that by September.. (last year or something)
So I'm out of luck on the Vibrant and Captivate, both aren't a good idea for me but if you don't use the GPS then best of luck, they're pretty awesome looking phones..

sadface- unable to get mine..
GPS works fine on mines I believe it was due to the minor update for my Samsung Vibrant...it also works on my wife's Vibrant as well. Just gotta make sure the GPS is set to on.
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I'm using a galaxy captivate...my gps works fine except it looses the lock easily sometimes
im running assonance right now
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I got my SGS i9000 on a three $49.95 CAP plan, plus an additional $18 handset fee - so $67.95/month (for 12 months).

It is a pretty decent plan, including the following each month:
  • $500 credit (use for national and international calls, sms etc)
  • free calls between to other 3/vodaphone customers (in AU)
  • 1.5gb data allowance (for internet and emails)
  • unlimted "news & info" or "sport" data service (i chose news & info)

It's a pretty good starter plan, and offers just enough data allowance for basic browsing or google maps etc when you're not able to connect to wifi.

I also use the free wifi search app to locate free wifi hotspots around Adelaide

It originally cam with Android 2.1, but I upgraded it manually to 2.2 (following the instructions at the xda-developers' forum.

As for GPS not working, that is not true - it is more of a misunderstanding that has been blown out of proportion.

The "problem" originally stemmed from ppl installing Android 2.2 from a different region on their mobile (ie. English release on mobile in USA). Because the GPS relies on NTP (uses exact time to quickly locate satellite position) and the NTP setting was set to the wrong region (ie. London, and not LA), it would have difficulties locking on to sattelites.

There were many "fixes", but all you had to really do was change the ntp config file to suit your location

Anyway, long story short, after you change the ntp config file your mobile's GPS locks on to satellites almost instantly




P.S. I moved from an iPhone 3G to an iPhone 4 and then to the SGS and the SGS is just better in every way - I've had my phone for almost a year and I love it
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I got my SGS i9000 on a three $49.95 CAP plan, plus an additional $18 handset fee - so $67.95/month (for 12 months).

It is a pretty decent plan, including the following each month:
  • $500 credit (use for national and international calls, sms etc)
  • free calls between to other 3/vodaphone customers (in AU)
  • 1.5gb data allowance (for internet and emails)
  • unlimted "news & info" or "sport" data service (i chose news & info)

It's a pretty good starter plan, and offers just enough data allowance for basic browsing or google maps etc when you're not able to connect to wifi.

I also use the free wifi search app to locate free wifi hotspots around Adelaide

It originally cam with Android 2.1, but I upgraded it manually to 2.2 (following the instructions at the xda-developers' forum.

As for GPS not working, that is not true - it is more of a misunderstanding that has been blown out of proportion.

The "problem" originally stemmed from ppl installing Android 2.2 from a different region on their mobile (ie. English release on mobile in USA). Because the GPS relies on NTP (uses exact time to quickly locate satellite position) and the NTP setting was set to the wrong region (ie. London, and not LA), it would have difficulties locking on to sattelites.

There were many "fixes", but all you had to really do was change the ntp config file to suit your location

Anyway, long story short, after you change the ntp config file your mobile's GPS locks on to satellites almost instantly




P.S. I moved from an iPhone 3G to an iPhone 4 and then to the SGS and the SGS is just better in every way - I've had my phone for almost a year and I love it
the fastest my phone locks onto satellites is 6s, slowest i've ever had was 45s i think
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There are also lagfixes in the Galaxy S family, as well as custom ROM's supporting Gingerbread taken from the Nexus S. I say go for it.
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the fastest my phone locks onto satellites is 6s, slowest i've ever had was 45s i think
I just checked my SGS's GPS performance using the "GPS test" app. It took 2 seconds to register 3 satellites, and had 6 satellites locked within 3 seconds
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I got my SGS i9000 on a three $49.95 CAP plan, plus an additional $18 handset fee - so $67.95/month (for 12 months).

It is a pretty decent plan, including the following each month:
  • $500 credit (use for national and international calls, sms etc)
  • free calls between to other 3/vodaphone customers (in AU)
  • 1.5gb data allowance (for internet and emails)
  • unlimted "news & info" or "sport" data service (i chose news & info)

It's a pretty good starter plan, and offers just enough data allowance for basic browsing or google maps etc when you're not able to connect to wifi.

I also use the free wifi search app to locate free wifi hotspots around Adelaide

It originally cam with Android 2.1, but I upgraded it manually to 2.2 (following the instructions at the xda-developers' forum.

As for GPS not working, that is not true - it is more of a misunderstanding that has been blown out of proportion.

The "problem" originally stemmed from ppl installing Android 2.2 from a different region on their mobile (ie. English release on mobile in USA). Because the GPS relies on NTP (uses exact time to quickly locate satellite position) and the NTP setting was set to the wrong region (ie. London, and not LA), it would have difficulties locking on to sattelites.

There were many "fixes", but all you had to really do was change the ntp config file to suit your location

Anyway, long story short, after you change the ntp config file your mobile's GPS locks on to satellites almost instantly




P.S. I moved from an iPhone 3G to an iPhone 4 and then to the SGS and the SGS is just better in every way - I've had my phone for almost a year and I love it
You are partially correctel, but for many of the early phones there seems to be a hardware problem, I've gone through 3 captivates to show this. You could tweak them all
day and even get lockss, but thet wont be accurate when driving and wont be maintained. I finally got a captivate with a good gps which runs flawless
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You are partially correctel, but for many of the early phones there seems to be a hardware problem, I've gone through 3 captivates to show this.
Actually I'm totally correct - I was talking specifically about the Samsung Galaxy S I9000 - not the captivate

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I finally got a captivate with a good gps which runs flawless
After adjusting the NTP config file after updating to Android 2.2, GPS works flawlessly. As I just posted - 3 seconds for 6 satellite lock.

And I use Navigon Mobile Navigator GPS navigation, which is actually free for Australian SGS owners running Android 2.2 - and it runs without any problems
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Hmm.. would it be better to outright buy the phone and get on a cheaper plan that way?? or just get a plan with a phone?
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nvm i had a look and its just better to get a plan with a "free" phone. XD thanks all
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