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.


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