Wednesday, May 9, 2012

HTC has gone stupid, charges stupid $ for HTC Location Navigation

A few weeks back, the HTC OEM app Locations had a pretty good upgrade where it finally brought offline maps and navigation to the HTC WP7 masses for free at the time with the promise to starts charging for navigation within the month.  Well, I had thought that maybe they will have a change of heart since they probably need this app to do battle with the pretty darn awesome Nokia Drive app on the Nokia handsets.  Even if they didn't, I would imagine that they would charge a reasonable low amount.

I had the chance to try it out in a recent trip to Seattle.  There are some UI oddities that I didn't care for, some bugs but all-in-all, it worked pretty well (on the HTC Surround, it was a little bit slow when zooming in and out of the maps), GPS tracking was good, finding POI was good.

Well, apparently HTC has gone off the deep end and decided to charge, $9.99 for All of North America per month, $39.99 for 1 year, and $49.99 unlimited.

HTC has already admitted defeat in North America on the Android vs. iPhone front but this move, to our HTC owners, is just plain absurd.

The Zune crashing bug?  Doesn't happen on my Lumia 800, doesn't happen on my wife's Dell Venue Pro, doesn't happen on my friend's LG or Samsung Focus.  Only HTC Surround and likely the HD7 is affected.  HTC has a fix but refuses to release it to older hardware (not sure about the HTC Radar - if you have an HTC Radar and subscribes to Zune, feel free to drop a comment on whether or not this is affecting you)

Source: wpcentral


  1. I have an HD7 and the crashing continues. Will be switching to a Lumia 900 as soon as they release a color other than the black one in Canada.

    1. It is sad isn't it, I wasn't going to upgrade from my Surround but the zune crashing thing just drives me to another manufacturer..

  2. Hi, I just got my Lumia 800 from ebay UK. It works on Rogers for voice call, but the 3G data dosen't work well, and I did some research, still can't figure this out.

    Do you have any idea can get the data settings right?

    Thank you !

    1. Eeeek... do you know if your euro version of Lumia 800 supports these bands? HSDPA 850/900/1800/1900/2100

      It will work on voice calls because it is quadband GSM. For 3G data in Canada, you will need HSDPA 850/1900.

      There should be a Network Setup tool from Nokia where you can try to set up your 3G information. If not, try the following:

      On your Lumia 800:
      Settings->Cellular(or network)->scroll to bottom and click Add Apn

      User Name: Rogers
      Password: wap

      leave all the other fields blank and press done.

      See if that works for you. Cheers

    2. yes, uk lumia 800 supports those 3G bands, but the 3g data settubgs still don't work.

      too bad : (

    3. Try these:

      APN: rogers-core-appl1.apn

    4. if these still doesn't work for you, you might have to put your phone into roaming to get data.. but remember to turn off data when you head down to the US!

    5. OK, I'll try that.

      Thanks a lot !