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Connected car GPS

goodale69 12 18 January 30, 2016 at 10:43 AM
Has anyone purchased a used Samsung Galaxy Mega (Sprint) [SPH-L600] from ebay or swappa; activated on Ringplus; and used the device as a connected GPS navigation device for the car? It has a 6" screen and should be fast enough for mapping applications. My Garmin unit is too slow to pick up FM traffic and Google Maps and Waze are quicker so I am thinking of switching. The phone appears to run around $140 and sounds like 500 MB - 1 GB free Ringplus plan might be enough for daily map use plus I have a back up emergency phone if I need it. Is there a hole in my logic before I buy another electronic component?

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Has anyone purchased a used Samsung Galaxy Mega (Sprint) [SPH-L600] from ebay or swappa; activated on Ringplus; and used the device as a connected GPS navigation device for the car? It has a 6" screen and should be fast enough for mapping applications. My Garmin unit is too slow to pick up FM traffic and Google Maps and Waze are quicker so I am thinking of switching. The phone appears to run around $140 and sounds like 500 MB - 1 GB free Ringplus plan might be enough for daily map use plus I have a back up emergency phone if I need it. Is there a hole in my logic before I buy another electronic component?
Find the best device that has dedicated GPS and a big screen. Download "HERE Maps" from the Google Play store and use offline maps. No need to deal with Ring+, network coverage, etc.
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Find the best device that has dedicated GPS and a big screen. Download "HERE Maps" from the Google Play store and use offline maps. No need to deal with Ring+, network coverage, etc.
It's nice that here will navigate (eg. look up addresses and create a route) without a data connection, but if you want traffic a data connection is required.

One other thing to to remember if you keep a phone in your car as a gps permanently, cell phones and their batteries aren't as tolerant of the higher temps that may exist in a car as a conventional gps so don't leave it in the car.
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Has anyone purchased a used Samsung Galaxy Mega (Sprint) [SPH-L600] from ebay or swappa; activated on Ringplus; and used the device as a connected GPS navigation device for the car? It has a 6" screen and should be fast enough for mapping applications. My Garmin unit is too slow to pick up FM traffic and Google Maps and Waze are quicker so I am thinking of switching. The phone appears to run around $140 and sounds like 500 MB - 1 GB free Ringplus plan might be enough for daily map use plus I have a back up emergency phone if I need it. Is there a hole in my logic before I buy another electronic component?
I use a FreedomPop Kyocera Hydro Icon fro the same purpose. I use waze and it works fine. I am on the 500mb free plan, and end up using 100-150 mb per month.

I have unlimited calling and texting too, which I never use. So it also acts as a backup phone.

For a 6inch phone you will need a good stand too.

Let me know if you have any questions on this setup.
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