Setup your rugged Android for all things GPS ?

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by ohgood, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. Nesbocaj

    Nesbocaj Earth, we're #1

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    I wanted to be able to use one of the online route apps "offline" , that is, connected to data via my real phone. And dial from the GPS-phone which is not able to be hooked into service, all without digging my service connected phone out of wherever it may be.

    I can do both, Hangouts may have been in a wifi hotspot as I didn't use much data of my low data plan:jjen
  2. DRONE

    DRONE Dog Chauffeur

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    Not sure if this has been asked before (search pulled up nothing). My Android phone (Kyocera Duraforce XD) only has 16 gigs internal memory so I added a 64 gig SD card to store most of my maps and apps. I use this phone as a dedicated GPS so of course I have no service plan with any cell phone provider. My problem is that every two hours or so the phone freezes while it delivers the message "SIM Not Provisioned MM#2" along with a loud DING! Very annoying, especially since I'm already aware the SIM is not provisioned since the phone has told me this message already literally hundreds of times.

    Is there a way to make this stop? I'm tempted to simply pull out the SIM but I don't know enough about Android phones to know if this would cripple the OS (I'm running Lollipop) or wreak some other havoc that would take me hours to reverse.

    Appreciate advice from the experts.
  3. CapeMan

    CapeMan Dirt Duffer

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    I'm no expert but I do have an XD I use as a dedicated GPS, w/ added SD card but NO sim card ... works just fine for me and AFAIK, no sim is required for GPS-only service. No weird messages or "dings" either.
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  4. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    pull the sim card or turn off the cellular radio (*#*#info#*#* to get to the radio on/off switch) . some models don't allow gps usage when in airplane mode, some do. android doesn't care if you have cellular service or not. google WANTS you to always be connected, syncing, uploading, but android is fine without it. well, as 'fine' as android can be anyway ;-)
  5. Cyclepath

    Cyclepath Lang may yer lum reek

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    Hope ya all had a good thanksgiving. :-)
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  6. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    I'm going to update post #6 this afternoon/evening.

    if you have any thoughts/requests for the setup process round 2, please list them. thanks.
  7. Nesbocaj

    Nesbocaj Earth, we're #1

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    Thanks for this thread!

    I am now using a mil-spec GPS(phone) with all kinds of available mapping APPs on it*, instead of a dedicated GPS that actually does less than the phone, crazy, right?
    And for those more frugal amongst us...all for way less than $100 USD :D

    * I have yet to decide on a favorite app, but with loads of storage there is no need to.
  8. Cyclepath

    Cyclepath Lang may yer lum reek

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    Hi Nesbocaj. What kind of mil-spec phone are you using. and how much storage does it have ?
  9. Nesbocaj

    Nesbocaj Earth, we're #1

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    Hey cyclepath,

    Kyocera Duraforce Pro (with a bad ESN from EBAy $75)
    - IP68 certified - dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
    - MIL-STD-810G compliant - salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistant
    -it will take a 256GB micro SD

    [​IMG]

    https://www.gsmarena.com/kyocera_duraforce_pro-8268.php
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  10. Cyclepath

    Cyclepath Lang may yer lum reek

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    Thanks for the info nesbocja......... :-)
  11. rarepartbuilder

    rarepartbuilder redemption gypsy

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    been looking at the ESN problem /used Kyocera Duraforce Pro's and noticed some comments about a o ring that needed to be replaced and a hard time sourcing... anybody hear tell of this.. where is this item located on the phone?
  12. rarepartbuilder

    rarepartbuilder redemption gypsy

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    any chance of keeping a updated list of worthy water tight phones in some kind of ...say .... 1 to 10 list.?...{ i think a few were mentioned back in post 6} great thread by the way mr op. :-)
    edit:.. i noticed on this site, there is 23 types of kyocera phones alone... maybe my ebay search net should be larger for those low price point phones...:dunno
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  13. DRONE

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    Maybe try posting this in the Kyocera main thread? ----> HERE
  14. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    I just looked on fleabay and say a BUNCH of "bad ESN" Pro's. I'm assuming that since we're only using the WiFi function to download apps/maps, etc, that the bad ESN is a non-issue???
  15. Nesbocaj

    Nesbocaj Earth, we're #1

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    You assume correctly. You can get one totally intact, in VG shape, usually less than $100. I wouldn't even look at a damaged unit.
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