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Old 03-03-2016, 11:56 AM   #21
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That may change when you start really going in the trailer, Laura. The smart phone has been an invaluable tool when out in the trailer. Once and awhile it's a brick depending on a weird camp location, but getting to be more rare that it isn't connected. I work on the road quite a bit and wouldn't be as capable of taking family camping without that device.
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Old 03-03-2016, 11:57 AM   #22
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John,

I tried WAZE on a recent trip and had to shut it off. Mostly I think it was because I hadn't spent the time to learn the app, but it seemed more concerned with telling me where other WAZE members were. Since we were on I-10 heading to LA it kept chirping away about WAZE members so I canned it and went back to maps. I hear a number of people that recommend it so I probably need to spend more time with it and find out how to can the other WAZE people function.
Hmmmmmmm perhaps that is a preference that I shut off?

When I first turn it on it does visually show me that #... but doesn't say it, and it never makes sounds I dont want it to....

I do recall there are preferences that one can set to have it show (and tell) you more, or less stuff....

As far as I can remember it has never audibly told me about how many Wazers are nearby (how annoying, and silly!) so I am sure that can be turned off.

I'd suggest you spend 5 minutes tinkering with it... for me it has really been helpful, especially when towing!
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Old 03-03-2016, 12:07 PM   #23
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Hey Greg

Update:

To get to Waze preferences: (at least on an iPhone… probably the same on Android)

tap the strange blue blob icon bottom left

tap the gear icon top left.

on that Settings page - I would keep sound on, however …

go to Display Settings / Show on Map / and turn OFF the ‘radio’ button that says Wazers. (and while you are there, turn off Map Chats, and Road Goodies.

That should fix your problem, i think.

Nearby wazers will no longer be shown (or announced)

That is how I have it set. This all seems vaguely familiar.

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Old 03-03-2016, 12:22 PM   #24
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Not a fan of smart phone GPS, we do a lot of travel between the US and Canada. Data plans for Canada and Mexico are very expensive, even more so when “roaming”. We still use a Garmin Nuvi with lifetime maps that you can pick up for $150.00 or so on Amazon. Scott

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Old 03-03-2016, 12:29 PM   #25
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Not a fan of smart phone GPS, we do a lot of travel between the US and Canada. Data plans for Canada and Mexico are very expensive, even more so when “roaming”. We still use a Garmin Nuvi with lifetime maps that you can pick up for $150.00 or so on Amazon. Scott

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On my Verizon iPhone I have turned OFF data roaming (outside of the USA)
.... so that is a non issue for me.... I do travel to Canada sometimes.....

a GPS on a smart phone does not rely on data to work. Of course you won't get traffic updates (as there is no data coming in) but it will work.
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All of our smartphones have been passed down by the kid, who has to have the latest ( and her husband is in IT ).
Both wife and I now have iPhone 5s that cost nothing.

Just have kids.
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On my Verizon iPhone I have turned OFF data roaming (outside of the USA)
.... so that is a non issue for me.... I do travel to Canada sometimes.....

a GPS on a smart phone does not rely on data to work. Of course you won't get traffic updates (as there is no data coming in) but it will work.
Never knew that, I'll be in BC Saturday. Have to give it a try.
(Edit: But the GPS won't work without cell service right? A lot of the places that we travel you can not get a signal.) Thanks. Scott

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Thanks LA John, I have removed the Wazers option per your instructions and will test it out around town. Excited to see how it works.
Old Skool, I believe the GPS on the phones operates independently of the Data Plan/Cell service.
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Sometimes, you need multiple methods to use on a long trip. On our 9 week trip back from BC with no reservations, we used the following: several smart phone apps, Garmin GPS, DeLorme Street Atlas USA, and an Excel spread sheet of campgrounds mentioned on the Escape Forum. The Apps were really great, but they often gave distance as a crow flys. That would have been great if we were flying! The Garmin gave me distance by road. Also, Garmin would work without cell service.
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I feel that GPS units are made almost obsolete by smart phones. Most of the time I just use Apple Maps for traveling short distances. On long road trips I use inRoute, which I really really like.
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