Androidfilter: can I use my Android's GPS despite not buying a 3G plan?
June 27, 2014 1:22 PM Subscribe
I own an old Samsung Galaxy SII Android phone. I've recently cancelled its 3G plan, so now it accesses the Internet exclusively through Wifi. This has apparently caused its GPS function to stop working when it's out of range of a Wifi network, which I hadn't expected.
I'd like to resume using it as a mobile GPS device without re-purchasing a 3G plan. Do you know whether this can be done?
posted by foursentences to Technology (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
For example, I'm considering buying FreedomPop (basically a mobile hotspot that connects to the Internet via 3G and functions as a Wifi network, to which the Android can subsequently connect whenever it's within range). If I were to carry around both the Android and the FreedomPop, would the Android be able to connect to the FreedomPop via Wifi, and therefore be able to track my jogging via GPS and/or provide GPS navigation in my car?
Alternatively, do you know another way that I can regain GPS functionality, while cheaping out on buying an actual data plan?
Anything else I'm overlooking in this plan?
Thanks in advance!