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Old 10-20-2010
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Yep, Pretty soon (and I am only kidding slightly) they'll be driving the rig.

Which brings up a related issue. Tethering to the cell phone. What's the latest on that front.
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For cell phone tethering I had used a program called PDAnet. It can be used with I-phones, Androids, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, etc.
It always worked great on my laptop using a Sprint Windows Mobile phone.

I am currently using a Sprint OverDrive 3g/4g portable wireless router which can connect up to 5 devices, but I just contacted Sprint yesterday about dropping the OverDrive and getting a new EVO phone which can be also be used as a wireless router connecting up to 8 devices at 3g and 4g speeds.

PDAnet info and downloads can be found at:

http://http://www.junefabrics.com/
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The GPS on my Android is pretty cool.
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I bought a Garmin 1490T fro the trip down to RATS. Liked the 5" screen and the lifetime traffic update subscritption included. Though I've already named the GPS voice "The Nagigator"!
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Jack
I bought a Garmin 1490T fro the trip down to RATS. Liked the 5" screen and the lifetime traffic update subscritption included. Though I've already named the GPS voice "The Nagigator"!
I operate a Garmin 465T daily all day long. Works great. However, no matter the model always consult the Rand McNally maps for restrictions and bridge elevations.
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I run the Rand McNally 5" GPS.
Like it because it can be set for truck or car use. For truck use, I put in the height, weight, width and length.
It guides us around low bridges, etc.
Never let us down plus has free updates at this time, altho don't know for how long.
Since Rand has the best maps going, their stuff is up to date.
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I had a Magellan and had all the problems others spoke of....and more


I just bought a Garmin nu vi 255W, in West Virginia and it guided me home to St Louis 960 mi driving alone.
Never one wrong turn or bad route...
Gives plenty of time for lane changes........

It had a speed limit feature I liked... it shows the speed limit on the road your traveling within 10 feet of the sign!
It tells you how far your next turn is and will find traffic that effects your route and let you know so you can reroute if you want.
It will also show you traffic around you. It will give you an idea what roads get bad at what times without being a part of it.
It has a home feature.
It will find parks,campgrounds storefronts...ANYTHING!
Type in an address....
One of the screens has trip computer that has a large display of how fast you are going... easier to see than the dash speedo....

Works in an all steel BB... I keep mine on the windshield right at dash level
can reach it and see everything

Under $150 bucks
I also bought a Garmin 255WT. Lifetime traffic congestion updates and seems to work well. I never trust a GPS 100%. Sometimes I ignore the route it wants to take me (Like in L.A. this past week) and it updates quickly to adjust to my new route. I paid $140 at Bestbuy for it.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Garmin+-...&skuId=9252854
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Just saw at radio shack they had the Garmin 255WT for $110!
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Yep, Pretty soon (and I am only kidding slightly) they'll be driving the rig.

Which brings up a related issue. Tethering to the cell phone. What's the latest on that front.
John,

We use a tether cable that is mated to the Droid's charging jack and a USB connector on the other end. Download PDANet application to the cell and the laptop to enjoy fast internet connection. The ap is free for limited internet access or $30 (one time) for unlimited access. If your cell phone and laptop are bluetooth capable, you can forgo the tether and connect the two by wireless. The Droid is capable of accessing the internet through a local wifi or through the cell towers.

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John,

We use a tether cable that is mated to the Droid's charging jack and a USB connector on the other end. Download PDANet application to the cell and the laptop to enjoy fast internet connection. The ap is free for limited internet access or $30 (one time) for unlimited access. If your cell phone and laptop are bluetooth capable, you can forgo the tether and connect the two by wireless. The Droid is capable of accessing the internet through a local wifi or through the cell towers.

Chuck
Chuck,

I can't believe my eyes... Are you saying that you get unlimited data for a onetime payment of $30.00, not a monthly payment, just a onetime payment?

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