September 24th, 2010


Using your iPhone overseas (Asia) as a GPS / map with wifi only (no data, phone)?

EDIT: I Googled a bit harder and found this:


I Googled around for this but really only found articles about using the iPhone overseas as a phone, or how to use it jailbroken with foreign SIM cards etc.

Anyone taken one overseas and used it just with wifi as a GPS / map tool?

In particular, how much map info does the phone cache (i.e. do I have to be literally standing in a hotspot to use it). Under settings the GoogleMobileMap database shows 1MB of 5MB used. Any tricks for pre-loading map data?

The built-in Google map data for some test cities (Tokyo, Bangkok) was impressive, it would be nice to be able to use it overseas.

The TomTom maps are $59.99 / country, I'd prefer not to have to pay that.

Bonus question (25 points): Does the cell tower triangulation work in many foreign countries? List of ones it does work in?

Thanks and TGIF!
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