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comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
@R..: Did you sit on a park bench (away from trees and buildings), start up your phone's Maps application, wait 13 minutes, and then verify that your phone had received the entire latest almanac?
Mar
29
revised Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
Various additions, mostly copied from or adapted from stuff that the original poster has written in his Android.SE crosspost or elsewhere.
Mar
29
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Mar
27
comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
Dear Loren: Did you make sure that your GPS device had successfully saved the entire current almanac into its storage system? Once you have downloaded the most recent almanac (and it never takes less than 12.5 minutes), an unassisted GPS device may be able to get quicker fixes in downtown areas.
Mar
27
comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
@MatthewHerbst: Your phone supports "assisted GPS", which helps in downtown areas. Loren's GPS device didn't.
Mar
27
comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
@MatthewHerbst: On certain Android phones, you can use App Ops to take away permissions from Baidu Map. It might (or might not) be necessary to "root" your phone before you can use App Ops. If you want more information, try a Web search or post a question on Android.SE.
Mar
27
comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
One handy tip: If you install OsmAnd then set its "sleep mode navigation service" to "Continuous" mode, your phone can keep searching for GPS ephemerides even while you play with non-GPS apps. It will place a notification in your notifications panel to remind you that it is still placing a load on your phone's battery (maybe even while your phone's screen is off). To enable the "sleep mode navigation service", I think go into OsmAnd map mode and tap on the "0/0" satellite status indicator, then set the slider to whatever you want.
Mar
27
comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
I know you're using an Android device, not a Garmin device. Still, an article by Joe Mehaffey leads me to suspect that your device did lock onto 12 satellites, but did not manage to collect any satellite's ephemeris data. I reread Vince's comment below; maybe tall buildings, a car roof, or other obstacles (even trees) have been causing problems.
Mar
27
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Mar
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Mar
27
comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
You also can post in the gis.stackexchange.com chat room, both to try to get answers or (if you post then log off immediately) to draw attention here. There are expert geographers there. If you cross-post there, you could get a reply even after you leave; please edit your original question to say that you have cross-posted to there.
Mar
27
comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
In general, you should always keep your original question edited to contain the latest updates. Each time you edit your original question, you will bump it to the top of the homepage, which is likely to get it more attention.
Mar
27
comment Why does my phone's GPS not work in China?
OK. So it looks like you've successfully downloaded the AGPS data. Still, in case the data is for some strange reason useless in China, please do the following: Go to a park or other area free of tall buildings. Download the AGPS data again. Open up "GPS Status". Wait 5 minutes. You'll see a message like "SAT 0/12 | SIG 0/inf | TTF 240s". Please edit your question and tell us what it says. Wait 10 more minutes. Please edit your question again and tell us what it says then.
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revised Where can I buy a “roaming” or “international” SIM card — one with attached phone numbers in multiple countries?
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Jun
14
comment Waiting time in queues for Empire State Building
If you're a gregarious kind of person, it might be possible to meet other travellers while you're waiting in line. Make eye contact, smile, say hello, and ask, "Are you from here?"
Jun
14
comment Visit Northern Ontario from Toronto without a car?
I think that, on VIA Rail's train called "The Canadian", there's a way to request for the train to stop at any mile marker of your choice, both when leaving the train, and I think also when getting on the train. There need not be any station there. Phone VIA Rail for more information. Does anyone here know more information?
Jun
14
comment Visit Northern Ontario from Toronto without a car?
I've never hitchhiked to Northern Ontario, but maybe it's possible. First, read "Hitchhiking#Safety" on Wikipedia. Next, try a Google search for [ hitchhiking northern ontario ].