View Full Version : 2009 cell phone which can access maps whilst the user is outside??

Los Pollos Hermanos
07-12-2014, 10:52 PM
I've tried googling and it really ain't helping (or once), so pretty please could you lovely people rescue a damsel in literary distress?! I have asked something similar in the past, but that was about a phone connecting to a building's free wi-fi - this is about when you're out and about in the open.

Here goes...

It's September 2009 (in the US, if that helps) and "Mr Good Guy" wants to find an address in a BIG hurry. He has a fold-out streetmap of the town he's in but doesn't know the area that well and, as time is of the essence, he doesn't have time to scour the paper map.

These days, it would be easy to use a smart phone map app, but I have no interest in keeping up with cell phone technology at the best of times, so don't know which phones were available then (let alone their capabilities).

MGG is currently sat in a supermarket parking lot getting increasingly stressed! Was there a cell phone available at that time which he could use to pinpoint an address without having to find a wi-fi signal? Or, could you get a cell phone which already had maps included? I'm not sure if I'm making sense here, because I don't have a clue about what I'm going on about! ;)

I'm more bothered about the scenario being feasible than the phone's brand, although that information would also be helpful.

Failing that, he'll just have to go inside to the customer service desk and ask for directions!

Many thanks in advance,


Duncan J Macdonald
07-12-2014, 11:26 PM
Nokia 6300.

Check out this link[URL="http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-use-google-maps-on-your-basic-mobile-phone/"]

07-13-2014, 02:19 AM
Yes - I had an iPhone 3G in 2009, so didn't need to be near a hot-spot to have internet access.

Los Pollos Hermanos
07-13-2014, 02:28 AM
Many thanks to you both - I'll investigate each one further.

I still have a pink Motorola Razr V3 from early 2006, just to explain my level of meh! when it comes to phones. :D

07-16-2014, 07:03 PM
According to the Wikipedia article on smartphones, the iPhone came out in 2007 and the Android in 2009. I was still using a flip phone back then, so I'm not sure how they worked!

07-16-2014, 07:17 PM
Anyone remember Palm? The Treo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Treo)?

Handango (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handango)?

Microsoft had a mobile version of Windows for a long time, called PocketPC at one point. I worked for Sprint PCS at one point, when they sold a monstrous smartphone called the Hitachi G1000 (http://www.cnet.com/products/hitachi-g1000-unlocked/). And Samsung was going smartphones way back into the 1990's on the aforementioned PalmOS. See these images (https://www.google.com/search?q=SPH-i330&espv=2&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=pJbGU5v2G4ujyAS2_oLoBQ&ved=0CDsQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=939) from Google.

PROBLEM: These older smartphones I mention, they pre-date the availability of GPS and location-based services on cellular systems. Maps existed. "You are here" type stuff didn't. Not for these older devices, although such services existed by the time 2009 rolled around. Including on the RAZR V3. At that time, I was working for US Cellular, and it was an add-on service that ran off the network itself. Not an app on the RAZR and other phones of similar capability. US Cellular called those "feature phones," by the way.

07-16-2014, 07:33 PM
2009? As in five years ago? I was using VZ Navigator on my Verizon Razr2 9m. Had a Garmin GPS on the dash though.

If I remember, Verizon even upgraded VZ Navigator about then to have real-time traffic. 2009 was not the dark ages.


Los Pollos Hermanos
07-16-2014, 08:56 PM
Haha! My 2006 V3 is pristine because I hardly ever use it - the occasional text and phonecall is all that's asked of it. People often phone me on the landline to say "did you get my text?" (days ago) because I never check the thing and it's usually out of charge! I check my email regularly and people know they can get hold of me that way.

I googled the iPhone 3Gs - it has maps and the timeline fits nicely. It was released around the June (2009), so I can pass it off as a wedding anniversary present from Mr Good Guy's missus.

Cheers for the extra info...