Use for GPS in France


#1

I have Moto G 3rd Gen. and will be in France for 3 weeks. Is there a way to use some sort walking GPS without incurring international rates? I really won’t be using it for phone service.
Thanks


#2

Republic offers no international service, so you won’t need to worry about incurring any roaming fees. However, when you’re connected to unrestricted WiFi networks, you can call/text both US and Canadian numbers for free.

Now, your phone can communicate with the GPS satellites without cellular service, but you need a map downloaded to your phone to so it isn’t searching for the map images online. I recommend Here Maps, which allows you to download either the entire map of France if your phone storage allows or just the region you will be visiting.


#3

Thank you so much. I’ll download Here we Go.


#4

you can also download areas of google maps for offline use. I haven’t used Here We Go but I am going to check it out. :slight_smile:


#5

I’ll also try google maps, thanks.


#6

Heads up!

I actually tried using Google maps offline while in London. While you can see where you are, there are these notes from Google with the first one being the most important.

  • You can get driving directions offline, but not transit, bicycling, or walking directions.
  • You won’t have traffic info, alternate routes, or lane guidance.
  • You can’t change routes, like avoiding tolls or ferries.

While you cannot use an international SIM with the old Refund phones, you also have the option to bring along a “international” hotspot that can convert a cell signal to wifi.


#7

Thanks for the heads up. I’m working with the "Here " app right now. I’ll not bother with Google. Thanks for saving me time.