[Loadstone] Unbiassed Opinion

David Tanner david-tanner at peoplepc.com
Tue Jul 25 05:52:02 BST 2006


I have the Nokea 6600, and I think I am having the problem that someone mentioned here last week.  Regardless of whether I am using Talks 3.05 or MobileSpeak 2.00 pressing the keys in explorer that should tell me what is in each direction do not seem to be working on my phone.  Everything else seems to work just the way the documentation says it should.

If this is a known issue on the Nokea 6600 can anybody recommend another phone that talks and MobileSpeak will work on where the keys do what they are suppose to do.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Monty Lilburn" <monty at loadstone-gps.com>
To: <loadstone at loadstone-gps.com>
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: [Loadstone] Unbiassed Opinion

: Hello Michael,
: Being on the development team and having worked with Loadstone for the 
: past two years I can give you my opinion from that point of view, but I 
: havent used Way finder so I will have to let someone else fill in the 
: gaps.
: To answer your specific questions
: 1. How does Loadstone work when there isnt cell phone coverage?
: Although Loadstones main function is to facilitate GPS navigation, it can 
: work without a GPS receiver and track the cellular sites that are on your 
: mobile network.  If you are out of range then the cellular site tracking 
: will not work; however, the GPS Navigation will work regardless of 
: cellular connectivity with the only stipulation being that the GPS 
: satellites must be functioning and in view of the GPS receiver.
: 2. how does Loadstone work with downloadable GPS-enabled maps?
: Loadstone cannot use third-party maps from other companies unless they are 
: in a freely available open format without any licensing restrictions.  It 
: does however work very well with our PointShare Exchange that contains 
: street intersection data for all of North America and thousands of points 
: across Europe and really wherever in the world Loadstone users who have 
: shared their own map data have used the program.
: 3. Does Loadstone work with any phones that double as PDAs?
: Loadstone will currently work with any Symbian Series60 (first and second 
: generation) mobile phone.  Most of the Symbian Series60 phones I have come 
: across do not double as PDAs though many have functions and features you 
: would find on a PDA.
: What I can basically tell you is that Loadstone is free.  This means if 
: you already have an accessible cellular phone and a Bluetooth GPS 
: receiver, then you have nothing to lose from trying it out.  If it meets 
: your needs then youve just gotten a whole lot more independent without 
: having to invest in expensive software.  If you need something that 
: Loadstone currently does not provide then either make a suggestion and see 
: if it can be added to make Loadstone better, or invest in a product that 
: will better meet your needs.
: If you or anyone else have questions the web site is becoming a better 
: resource everyday, plus were usually monitoring this list and are more 
: than happy to help.
: Good luck, and hopefully a Wayfinder user can weigh in with their opinion. 
: In addition, it would be nice to hear from BrailleNOTE GPS users and 
: Trekker users as well.
: Best regards,
:   Monty
:  On Mon, 24 Jul 2006, Michael O. Hanson wrote:
: > Does anybody on this list know how Loadstone compares to Way Finder?  I know
: > this is a very general question.  Let me ask three more specific questions.
: >
: > First, how do Loadstone and Wayfinder work where there is no cell phone
: > coverage.  Finding places where there is no cell phone coverage is not
: > difficult at this time.  Since Loadstone uses a GPS receiver, I assume this
: > would not be a problem.  I am not so sure about Wayfinder.
: >
: > Second, how do Loadstone and Wayfinder work with downloadable GPS-enabled
: > maps?  I understand Microsoft and other companies make such maps.
: >
: > Third, does Loadstone work with any phones that double as PDAs to the best
: > of anybody's knowledge?  I am looking at adapted GPS and would rather make
: > an informed decision, given the potential cost of hardware.
: >
: > Thank You,
: >
: >
: > Mike Hanson
: >
: >
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