I have Nokia 5800 phone with Prepaid SIM card minus data connection (I hate to use phone for calling or receiving call.. ). Soon I am travelling to various places in California. I definitely need a GPS navigation system to help me out. I don’t even have a own car, so no point in having a GPS device. I am going to rent a Car, but not ready to rent a GPS device which is a costlier option. So thought of configuring my wife’s Nokia 5800 for GPS Map navigation without using any kind of data connection. I got it working this way. I did not even use Nokia map loading application since they don’t support my OS, Linux.
The below instructions are based on Nokia 5800 XpressMusic Edition. The concept is same across all Nokia models, except a few menu navigation method variation.
Step-1: First step is to configure the GPS system not to use any data connection. It can be done by following the menu below.
Menu button -> Applications -> Location -> Positioning -> Positioning methods ==> Select only “Integrated GPS”. Ensure that none of the other options selected.
“Integrated GPS” – It means the GPS chip in the mobile communicates with Satellites and gets location co-ordinates. So it does not need any kind of data connection like 3G, GPRS or Wireleass LAN, where as the following options need some form of data connection or external device. So we disable them. Here is the details of those just for information sake.
- “Assisted GPS” – It connects to Nokia server through a data connection to get better guidance.
- “Bluetooth GPS” – It needs a external bluetooth GPS device to get location co-ordinates instead of using built-in GPS chip. In some mobiles navigation is supported without built-in GPS chip through this method.
- “Wi-Fi/Network” – In this method, through wireless network, GPS data is fetched.
- “Network based” – This method fetches location data from Mobile carrier towers.
The one disadvantage of having only “Integrated GPS” is the poor kick off and slight delay in getting the location data. Poor kick off means it takes a few minutes (for some people even up to 10 to 15 minutes) to get the location when you enable GPS for first time before travelling. For me it takes 3 to 4 minutes. It is OK for me considering the service available as free.
Now you can test the functioning of GPS by following the menu below.
Menu button -> Applications -> Location -> GPS data -> Position
For a few minutes it will display “Waiting for GPS” message till it gets right location co-ordinates. After this delay it should show Latitude and Longitude of the current location. If it is so, we are done with first step.
Step-2: Now we have to configure Map application not to use any data connection. It can be done by following the menu below. My OVI Maps version is 3.04.
Menu button -> Maps -> Settings (Wrench icon) -> Internet -> Connection ==> Set this as “Offline“.
Step-3: The most important one is to download the map data and store it in memory card of mobile. Since the map data file is bulky one in the ranges of 100s of MBs, it is adviced to store them in external memory card.
There are two ways to get it done. One is to use Nokia OVI Suite software (available for Windows) or (Map Loader for Mac) to download the maps to your mobile. Another one is to manually download it from Nokia server, which is suitable for Linux guys like me.
I followed manual map download method shown below since I use only Linux at my home. Here is what I did.
1. From your computer, navigate here
and select your OVI Maps application version.
2. Now you will be redirected to maps download index page. Here you have links to download sorted in Continent, Country and State. Pick the right one for you. Consider your memory card size also.
3. After downloading, extract the compressed file.
4. Mount your mobile memory card in comptuer either through USB cable or Momory card reader.
5. You should be able to see the path “<Your Card>\cities\diskcache\[0-9, a-f]….” or “\Private\20001f63\diskcache\[0-9, a-f]…” kind of path in your card, depending on mobile model.
6. Copy the extracted map data file to right directory. Normally you will overwrite 0-9 and a-f folders. In case of any issue, you may refer here
for some help.
Step-4: It is time to download voice guidance data.
Menu button -> Maps -> Settings (Wrench icon) -> Navigation -> Drive Guidance -> Select your language of choice.
When you select a language from the list, you will be prompted to download drive guidance. Say “Yes” for this. If you are not online (through 3G or Wi-Fi network), you will be prompted to go online also. Follow the link to get the language voice file downloaded and installed. I have tested with English (US), English (UK) and Tamil. All are working fine.
Now you are ready with map and GPS available offline. Free from data connection. Just go ahead testing for driving or walking. Enjoy the technology!