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Use iPhone 3G as Traffic Monitor

 

Here's how to use your new iPhone 3G as a GPS traffic monitoring service that has no additional subscription fees (other than the cell service fees you are already paying).

Open the Maps application;
Select the Find current location icon (circle in the lower left corner);
Open the Options icon (lower left hand corner) and select Show Traffic.

You will now see the traffic in your area if Google maps it there. You may have to expand the view.

As you drive you will see the traffic conditions in the road ahead. They aren't as detailed as the GPSr traffic services but can be useful for traffic conditions on major highways.

I have a dash mount for the iPhone so I can keep an eye on the traffic as I travel. The location service shows where you are on the map with blue dot.

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Brent - 2350LMT, 3790LMT, 3597LMTHD

Thanks

Thanks for the tip!

Can't wait to get me an

Can't wait to get me an iphone.
Just a few more weeks before my sprint contract expires.

what if...

What happens if you're in an area with no EDGE or 3G data service?

No Edge or 3G

The next system down is GPRS. The network can be accessed but at phone modem speeds.

Below GPRS is SOL : )

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Brent - 2350LMT, 3790LMT, 3597LMTHD

The Sprint Retention Department

Frankoq2 wrote:

Can't wait to get me an iphone.
Just a few more weeks before my sprint contract expires.

Dear Frank,

You may want to see what the Sprint Retention Department will offer you when they think you may defect to another carrier. The official name for that unit is something different but that is where I ask CS to send me. Over the years I have been able to obtain more and more from the R. Dept. without paying more money each month. I have tried to negotiate with other carriers on behalf of friends but never with the same success that I have squeezed from Sprint.

david

P.S. I think these negotiating skills come from my Scottish mother's DNA.

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nüvi 1490T, V1, Sanyo PRO-700a, maps, sunglasses, hot co-pilot, the open road

bye sprint.

davidwynyard wrote:
Frankoq2 wrote:

Can't wait to get me an iphone.
Just a few more weeks before my sprint contract expires.

Dear Frank,

You may want to see what the Sprint Retention Department will offer you when they think you may defect to another carrier. The official name for that unit is something different but that is where I ask CS to send me. Over the years I have been able to obtain more and more from the R. Dept. without paying more money each month. I have tried to negotiate with other carriers on behalf of friends but never with the same success that I have squeezed from Sprint.

david

P.S. I think these negotiating skills come from my Scottish mother's DNA.

Thanks for the tip David.
I had already decided to get an iphone so I didn't even try to see what Sprint would do to keep me.

Back to the OP topic...
I've had the iphone for 2 weeks now and the GPS
has been both helpful and not so helpful.
Granted none should consider this unit as a full replacement of a GPS.

Helpful on those situations where you don't have your real GPS and need to check traffic or an alternative road.

The iphone's gps is good at showing where you are and showing you on the map as you move.
But even on 3G, the iphone has a hard time to refresh the maps as you move.
it sometimes freezes and it takes a long time to come back.

Still, a nice feature to have on a phone.

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