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    Users on Apple support forums are still complaining about loss of GPS functionality after upgrading to the 3.0 firmware release.

    As TUAW notes, some users are getting their iPhones replaced, even though Apple is not acknowledging that a bug exists. Some people have had success after rebooting their phone, or disabling 3G. And there have been reports that the problem went away after upgrading to 3.1 firmware.

    So a problem that may or may not exist can either be fixed with rebooting your iPhone, turning off 3G, replacing it with a new phone, or upgrading.

    I'm curious if any members out there have experienced problems with their GPS function, and how or whether they fixed it if so. I have noticed my blue dot creeping around of late, which reminds me more of my old Brickberry's cell triangulation than true GPS. But I'm not a heavy user of Maps.

    What are your experiences?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: whither the GPS bug? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      I pre-ordered my 3GS. The day I got it GPS would not work at all. The compass app has a gray location icon (bottom left). Google maps gave an error that it could not locate me.
      I restored it & went straight to compass & then maps. It fixed it so I thought. All seemed fine until I bought Navigon. Had to do another restore to get it back. It has happened 2 more times since. If it happens again I'll leave it alone, until I know the jailbreak status of 3.1
      It will suck to have to exchange my phone & not be able to jailbreak.
      When it is working it is very accurate.
    1. Kiserai's Avatar
      Kiserai -
      I occasionally have it off a bit, or across the street, but this only tends to happen when I'm not under open sky. Whenever I have open sky it's pretty accurate and moves well with me.
    1. NoIsEkIlLeR's Avatar
      NoIsEkIlLeR -
      I'm in Quebec City, Canada. When I'm inside my house it shows in Maps that I'm a street away, but it always been right on target when I'm outside, nothing changed with firmware updates.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      The only GPS/Compass related problem i have had is not with maps or XGPS but with the "monocle" easter egg in Yelp. It has repeatedly been 180 degrees off where it should be...

      3G[S] x 2
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      When I first got my 3G, I had to use one of those generic brand piggyback SIMs. My GPS never worked for some reason. Once I got a RebelSIM to replace the generic one, magically it just started working again. I now use ultrasn0w and haven't had any problems.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      mine seems ok only it not nearly accurate as it once was, if i was at work it would show me about 1/4 mile away from where i actually was but when driving it goes a little smoother. once a JB is released and i upgrade ill have to see if it gets any better or worse!
    1. janHR's Avatar
      janHR -
      Funny this would come up just as I've installed Navigon
      I never before tried GPS seriously, but yesterday, the first time I ran Navigon it did loose GPS connection, even though I was driving on a motorway...
      I hope it was just a fluke, but knowing my luck with these things...
      Needs further testing.
    1. Miro89's Avatar
      Miro89 -
      i am running 3.0.1 on iPhone 3G and the gps sometimes responds and sometimes not so i am waiting for 3.1 jailbreak
    1. e10100's Avatar
      e10100 -
      When I use the Maps App and GPS, it sometimes goes off track and spazs but besides that its been working pretty well for me
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      I had huge problems in Charleston SC today trying to use GPS. It would give me the 5 mile radius circle and refuse to get any closer. Respringing helped but only for the initial lock, it wouldn't update after that. 3G on or off made no difference. Works back in Beaufort SC though. Even being indoors it gets damn close.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      If it has a radius circle it hasn't got a lock. What do you mean?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      I had problems with my GPS on 3.0 but they do seem to be gone with 3.1
    1. BlackiPhoneLover's Avatar
      BlackiPhoneLover -
      I had a gps problem after upgrading to 3.0 and after a few days and resetting it about 10 times it finally picked up on the signal. the map was saying i was in michigan and i live in oklahoma. nowhere close to me. but it works now.
    1. one_crazy_dude's Avatar
      one_crazy_dude -
      i have the same problem.before 3.0 update my gps was with in a 5 foot radious of me all the time,even inside my house.now for get it. once in a while get a gps lock and i have noticed also the same day i updated my 3g internet isent working all the time either.i have to use edge when i'am not home and thank god i have wifi at home.i have tried every thing i have read here and other forums but no good.but before the update everything was a O.K.
    1. notovich's Avatar
      notovich -
      Mine definitely doesn’t work , and it is pissing me off, since update to 3.0 just refusing to start GPS (easy to notice on maps.app circle does not have small lines on 90;180;270 and 360 degrees - looks like a target) I've tried everything, no luck especially when you paying £59 for Tom-tom and it does not work ->
      in TOMTOM symbian there was satellite monitoring tool, that was showing how many sats locked and how many still to lock, signal etc. it would be so nice to have similar tool on iPhone (so far I didn't find any).
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      As I said before, the GPS receiver in the iPhone does not provide thatb information.
    1. notovich's Avatar
      notovich -
      Just thinking logicaly hoe upgraded baseband can screw up GPS? and why downgrading baseband does not fix it, if it is soft problem then doungrade should fix it, if it is hard problem why Apple keeps it quet?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      As you can't downgrade the BB that is not an option.
    1. notovich's Avatar
      notovich -
      2 Confucious: did you hav any problems with your GPS before? yours OS is 3.1 + Ultrasn0wed ->>> HOW?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      GPS seemed to get worse when 3.0 came out and seems a bit better on 3.1 but the information provided from the built in receiver is not good.

      How? That would be telling.