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Googlemaps sufficient for GPS while driving?

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Googlemaps sufficient for GPS while driving?

Hihi,

Will be renting a car while I am there. Will googlemaps through the mobile be sufficient for GPS? Or should I get a dedicated GPS unit? Googlemaps seem to be more updated in certain places as compared to gps units.

I will be heading to Margaret River, Fremantle and Perth city itself.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Googlemaps sufficient for GPS while driving?

It's all I use, but make sure you have a passenger to hold the phone or have it giving voice directions from the seat next to you. The fine for using a mobile phone while driving are very high in Australia.

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2. Re: Googlemaps sufficient for GPS while driving?

Yep very strict laws here - this guide is useful

keepyoureyesontheroad.org.au/pages/WA-laws

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3. Re: Googlemaps sufficient for GPS while driving?

Thanks for the reply.

Yes there will be other passengers in the car.

I am just worried about the accuracies out of Perth as well as coverage under Optus

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4. Re: Googlemaps sufficient for GPS while driving?

We are with Optus and last year traveled to all the regions you mention. Absolutely no difficulties with either accuracy of directions or reception.

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5. Re: Googlemaps sufficient for GPS while driving?

I had downloaded Sygic to my mobile phone..I found it very reliable and doesn't require any data plan..we drove up north to Cervantes and head down to Margaret river

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6. Re: Googlemaps sufficient for GPS while driving?

In fact, in my experience, Google maps will be FAR better than using a GPS system. Most GPS systems I have used do not update that regularly and often show roads which don't exist or existed as a government 'plan' when the town was surveyed on 1860 or sometime but never actually got laid down.

If you have a passenger, stick to Google and I am also on Optus and in all but some remote or hilly areas, it worked fine (however, I am not sure if you plan on going to the outback I would say the same).

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7. Re: Googlemaps sufficient for GPS while driving?

Only downside with google maps is that they use your mobile data as their maps data is all online. As you are from Singapore you may pay a lot for mobile data transfer?

Edited: 25 April 2014, 01:26
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8. Re: Googlemaps sufficient for GPS while driving?

Maybe get a local sim card.

Also make sure you can plug into the car to recharge as it flattens phone batteries really quickly!

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9. Re: Googlemaps sufficient for GPS while driving?

we had 2 phones when we did Oz, 1 was Telstra and one Optus. Telstra's service is better in really out of the way places, but not by that much

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10. Re: Googlemaps sufficient for GPS while driving?

Thanks for all the replies.

Yes got a local SIM card, Optus. Big mistake, it hardly worked once we were out of main roads. Thankfully other passenger had Telstra so we were still good.

I guess the $2 plans from Optus are only good if you are staying mainly in the cities or main towns.