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Geocaching with a smartphone Could get pricey for AT&T cachers!

#1 User is offline   TheAlabamaRambler 

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 11:49 AM

Owners of iPhones, Blackberry's and other AT&T smartphones may find that geocaching, a fairly data-intensive hobby, especially if you use live maps, could be getting more expensive shortly.

I had to flip a coin when I sold my 60CSx and bought an AT&T Blackberry to cache with, looks like I made the better choice! :blink:

http://www.cio.com/article/595852/AT_T_Dro...s_iPhone_Owners

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 11:52 AM

View PostTheAlabamaRambler, on Jun 6 2010, 12:49 PM, said:

Owners of iPhones, Blackberry's and other AT&T smartphones may find that geocaching, a fairly data-intensive hobby, especially if you use live maps, could be getting expensive shortly.

I wish I had known that they would do this before I sold my 60CSx and bought an AT&T Blackberry to cache with! :blink:

http://www.cio.com/article/595852/AT_T_Dro...s_iPhone_Owners


I was reading about ATT dropping unlimited data plans. I think it's a really bad business plan but with so many people locked into contracts, they can pretty much do what they want.

I just hope other carriers don't follow suit.

Of course if you really look into it you might find that geocaching isn't as data intense as you think.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 11:53 AM

Especially if you use the save maps option, this shouldn't affect anyone. I can't imagine a geocacher going over 2 GB of data, unless they do a lot of other data-intensive stuff on their phones, like streaming videos.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 12:00 PM

I'm also pretty sure that those who already have unlimited will have the option to stick with unlimited. Grandfathered in, if you will.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 12:03 PM

View Postbittsen, on Jun 6 2010, 02:52 PM, said:

View PostTheAlabamaRambler, on Jun 6 2010, 12:49 PM, said:

Owners of iPhones, Blackberry's and other AT&T smartphones may find that geocaching, a fairly data-intensive hobby, especially if you use live maps, could be getting expensive shortly.

I wish I had known that they would do this before I sold my 60CSx and bought an AT&T Blackberry to cache with! :blink:

http://www.cio.com/article/595852/AT_T_Dro...s_iPhone_Owners


I was reading about ATT dropping unlimited data plans. I think it's a really bad business plan but with so many people locked into contracts, they can pretty much do what they want.

I just hope other carriers don't follow suit.

Of course if you really look into it you might find that geocaching isn't as data intense as you think.

It is for me! I use my Blackberry for turn-by-turn navigation and mapping, create and download PQs, browse the web for stuff... I really haven't measured it to see how much data I actually consume, but I've felt the unlimited plan to be worthwhile.

Fortunately the Blackberry is more efficient than the iPhone so this may even save me half of what I have been paying for unlimited data.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 12:17 PM

Can Blackberrys access WiFi? I suspect that most people who do PQ's on their iPhones will download them over WiFi from now on.

Turn by turn you might need to drop, but I guess it depends on what applications you use for it. On my iPhone I generally just pull up a map and navigate by that, I don't have it give me turn-by-turn. Or if do turn-by-turn, I just use the Google Maps list of turns capability.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 01:18 PM

View Postdrewmm, on Jun 6 2010, 12:00 PM, said:

I'm also pretty sure that those who already have unlimited will have the option to stick with unlimited. Grandfathered in, if you will.


Yup, they have already said that it is grandfathered even for contract renewals on any existing contract.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 05:16 PM

View PostTheAlabamaRambler, on Jun 6 2010, 04:03 PM, said:

View Postbittsen, on Jun 6 2010, 02:52 PM, said:

View PostTheAlabamaRambler, on Jun 6 2010, 12:49 PM, said:

Owners of iPhones, Blackberry's and other AT&T smartphones may find that geocaching, a fairly data-intensive hobby, especially if you use live maps, could be getting expensive shortly.

I wish I had known that they would do this before I sold my 60CSx and bought an AT&T Blackberry to cache with! :blink:

http://www.cio.com/article/595852/AT_T_Dro...s_iPhone_Owners


I was reading about ATT dropping unlimited data plans. I think it's a really bad business plan but with so many people locked into contracts, they can pretty much do what they want.

I just hope other carriers don't follow suit.

Of course if you really look into it you might find that geocaching isn't as data intense as you think.

It is for me! I use my Blackberry for turn-by-turn navigation and mapping, create and download PQs, browse the web for stuff... I really haven't measured it to see how much data I actually consume, but I've felt the unlimited plan to be worthwhile.

Fortunately the Blackberry is more efficient than the iPhone so this may even save me half of what I have been paying for unlimited data.


Login to your AT&T Wireless account and look for the "View Past Data Usage" on the Account Overview page. You'll be shown your usage for the last six months.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 07:38 PM

We will keep the unlimited plan until we are ready to change phones. For the most part I could save money as long as I stick to what I have been doing - caching, music, the web - but watching professional darts on the network goes through a lot of bandwidth.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 08:04 PM

If you want a geocaching app that provides live geocaching data and that doesn't cost $40 per year, don't get the Blackberry. I have a BB and though I like cacheberry for looking at data from GSAK, I wish I could pull in live data and map multiple waypoints at once. The Trimble app is too expensive and it appears there is no traction for Groundspeak to create a BB app.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 08:09 PM

View Postsupertbone, on Jun 7 2010, 12:04 AM, said:

If you want a geocaching app that provides live geocaching data and that doesn't cost $40 per year, don't get the Blackberry. I have a BB and though I like cacheberry for looking at data from GSAK, I wish I could pull in live data and map multiple waypoints at once. The Trimble app is too expensive and it appears there is no traction for Groundspeak to create a BB app.


You can pull data and map multiple waypoints at once with Cacheberry. I do it often.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 04:09 AM

View PostWooden Cyclist, on Jun 6 2010, 10:09 PM, said:

View Postsupertbone, on Jun 7 2010, 12:04 AM, said:

If you want a geocaching app that provides live geocaching data and that doesn't cost $40 per year, don't get the Blackberry. I have a BB and though I like cacheberry for looking at data from GSAK, I wish I could pull in live data and map multiple waypoints at once. The Trimble app is too expensive and it appears there is no traction for Groundspeak to create a BB app.


You can pull data and map multiple waypoints at once with Cacheberry. I do it often.


Yes, but that is only with waypoints the user has loaded into cacheberry database and having to sort by location (which may take a few moments if your database is large) to find the nearest caches and tag each waypoint you want to map.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 09:36 AM

View Postsupertbone, on Jun 7 2010, 12:04 AM, said:

If you want a geocaching app that provides live geocaching data and that doesn't cost $40 per year, don't get the Blackberry. I have a BB and though I like cacheberry for looking at data from GSAK, I wish I could pull in live data and map multiple waypoints at once. The Trimble app is too expensive and it appears there is no traction for Groundspeak to create a BB app.


You might want to take a look at the free app called BlackStar for the Blackberry.

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  Posted 13 June 2010 - 08:49 PM

View Postsupertbone, on Jun 6 2010, 09:04 PM, said:

If you want a geocaching app that provides live geocaching data and that doesn't cost $40 per year, don't get the Blackberry. I have a BB and though I like cacheberry for looking at data from GSAK, I wish I could pull in live data and map multiple waypoints at once. The Trimble app is too expensive and it appears there is no traction for Groundspeak to create a BB app.

I used the Geocache Navigator by Trimble on my verizon BB Storm all last year. Worked like a charm. Any time I found myself in a new area I just had it check for nearby caches and it gave me all the information that I would have found had I been looking at the geocaching.com website. Problem was that it was an annual fee of $40 (less a 15% discount for registering at the distributor's forum).

This year around renewal time I discovered that if I buy it through the BB App World I can get it for a one time fee of $19.99. And it's specifically for Verizon which Trimble has always said in their adverts doesn't work. It's the same app I used all last year. So now I'm good to go with live caching as long as I have this phone. :D

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 09:08 PM

View Postdrewmm, on Jun 6 2010, 01:00 PM, said:

I'm also pretty sure that those who already have unlimited will have the option to stick with unlimited. Grandfathered in, if you will.

As far as I know, whatever plan you are on can be maintained on a month to month after the expiration, until you want new hardware at the discounted rate, then you need a new contract.

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