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A few people have mentioned that they are having issues with GPS after updating to 2.0.1 - here is a temporary fix until 2.0.2 comes out:

1) Disable 3G
2) Turn your iPhone off and on again
3) Turn it back on again
4) Open up Maps and hit the button
5) Turn 3G back on again

I'm not sure if this will need to be done every time (I haven't had a chance to extensively test) and I'm not 100% sure on why it works but it does; but until 2.0.2 comes out to fix this issue (it worked fine in 2.0.0) I thought this might be a useful tip
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well, I've tried the gps the way you described it, only, it appears that it has to be done every time; when 3G is enabled, gps will not show my location
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I haven't had to do that and my GPS works just fine


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Mine works fine too. Never seen this problem. In fact, I discovered that my iPhone GPS lags a bit less than my TomTom GPS unit does.


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mine doesn't
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A lot of people were reporting this issue on the O2 customer forums - doing this just once appears to fix it for those experiencing it.
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Sounds like maybe it's an O2 thing then.


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Sounds like maybe it's an O2 thing then.
I don't think so...

I have had GPS issues since upgrading to 2.0.1... Sometimes when I press the locate button on google maps, it just stays spinning and nothing happens... Restarting does not even fix it...

In order to get it working again, I have to turn off 3G and location services, restart, and then turn back on 3G and location services...

This has only happened to me two time though, so I am not that worried about it...


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I have had GPS issues since upgrading to 2.0.1... Sometimes when I press the locate button on google maps, it just stays spinning and nothing happens... Restarting does not even fix it...
I've had that happen, but it was because I was inside of a building. GPS has to be able to see the satellites to get a fix. It's never happened outside. I'll get the spinning circle and depending if I am on my wireless network or the AT&T network it will only give me a "best guess" location for where I am.


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I've tried gps again, but now outdoors, and it found my location pretty accurate and within a minute of search
so to conclude, gps will only work (in my case) only outdoors, not indoors
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GPS in general doesn't work indoors. It's not like cell service that is supposed to work everywhere. The GPS receiver has to be able to see the satellites, if it can't you get no signal, period. My TomTom GPS unit doesn't work in my garage or my house either. Once I take it outside it works fine.

It's not you or your phone, it's just how the current GPS system is.


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My iPhone's GPS works indoors...
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Well if I'm not mistaken, doesn't it use detect your present by drawing sort-of "invisible spheres" around 3 GPS satellites and their point of intersection is where you are? Which would not mean needing to "see" you per se?
(I'm by no means an expert that was a genuine question)
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It uses cell phone triangulation to get a rough estimate of where you are, and then uses the GPS satellite to get a final lock on your position.


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