Google Maps Simulated GPS

I could not have been more excited to learn I could use Google Maps on my mobile phone to simulate GPS by utilizing cellular tower triangulation. You should have seen my face. Before I shared the information with my readers I wanted to test the service to see how accurate it is.
It is now about 30 hours since I learned about this new software update and still the service does not work on my Verizon Wireless XV6700 Windows Mobile device. Every time I query my location, I get the message “Your current location is temporarily unavailable.”
Did I tell you this was a beta product?
I thought perhaps TMC’s office presented some sort of problem for the service so as I drove home last night I repeatedly retried the service as I drove, hoping for success. Still there was nothing… Just the same error message. By the way, as I drive home I go through about three cities.
I haven’t had a chance to try the service on other devices here at TMC but I wanted to at least make sure my readers know Google has this new service which doesn’t work for me but certainly could work for you.
If you want to learn more about this service and even try it for yourself just go to Google’s Mobile maps site. I wonder… Does it work for you?

Update: Here is an e-mail I just received and I thought worth sharing:
Hello Rich,
I was reading your post about Google Maps not working with your XV6700 and I have the same phone and ran into the same problem you have. Turns out the XV6700 doesn’t report the tower information. Did any of your readers give you feedback on how to get it to work?
I have a call in to Yaron Raps, he wrote that e911 article for you when it was announced for VoIP, if anyone can get it to work, he can.
Patrick Mullen

  • Ken Saxe
    December 21, 2007 at 6:05 am

    Hello Rich
    I just replaced my old reliable 6700 with the new 6800 this week. Unfortunately the 6800 does not work with the Google Maps “My Location” service either. Same message.
    Thank you.

  • Rich Tehrani
    December 22, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    I did the same last week and it doesn’t work for me either. Expect a complete review of this device soon.

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