Palm Pre GPS and Sprint Navigation application tip

Posted By on August 2, 2009

Night driving

I was traveling to western NY this weekend and “had” planned to use the Sprint Navigation app with GPS on my Palm Pre, but the GPS on the apps wouldn’t load correctly. I tried a reboot and switching the GPS on and off, along with multiple app reloads of both Sprint Navigation and Google Maps … foolishly dong this while driving (but it is on the windshield mount — see photo).  I was trying to find directions to the Watermark Restaurant on the north end of Chautauqua Lake in Mayville NY, which was about 15 miles away from where we were staying. Nevertheless I was irritated that it wasn’t working and even more frustrated when my wife kept telling me to “stop playing with your phone.”

Sprint Navigation App SplashEventually I gave up knowing that Mayville is a pretty small town. Thankfully I had no problem finding the restaurant since I was also being followed by my brother-in-law from Georgia (BTW — he is now a proud VW TDI owner!). Still, I was irritated that when I needed to use the GPS and mapping apps, the Palm Pre failed to perform.

The Fix … until Palm can correct the problem:

Load the Sprint Navigation app and minimize the ‘card’ so that you can load the phone app. Press ##GPS#  or  ##477# which brings up the GPS Information Screen. Select “Get Fix” and the phone retrieves the GPS info. Once the phone app is closed, return to Sprint Navigation and it should now work.


  • Bob

    Great tip! Wish I had a palm pre phone.

  • Ah, life on the foreskin of technology… ;-P

    My profession makes me so amazed that any new device actually works well. The schedule pressures, “time to market”, combined with the unbelievable complexity of these devices, it all works together to make me very hesitant.

  • ivan

    Thought i would comment for the first time since I rarely see Mayville NY on any blogs. The Watermark is a long time favorite restaurant although overpriced for my finances. Glad to have you visiting — were you here from out of state?

  • i paid good money for my pre, hope they fix this gps issue soon, cause frankly i feel ripped off
    my old HTC Touch worked perfectly! Starting to wish i kept it

  • Matt,
    Heard the 1.2 fix has been leaked and will be out this month. Let’s cross our finger we get the GPS fix as well as the rumored web-based cut, paste and image save items.

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  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.