BlackBerry Cool How-To: GPS and your BlackBerry (Pt. 1)

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Step 2: Select the Set Up Bluetooth option from the main application menu on your BlackBerry Pearl.

BlackBerry Maps

Step 3: The dialog box says Please ensure your Bluetooth device is in pairing mode. Press OK and the Pearl will begin searching for Bluetooth devices within range. This usually takes about 30 seconds.

Blackberry Maps Blackberry Maps

Step 4: The Pearl will lists all the devices in range (there may be more than your GPS puck since many phones and computers also have Bluetooth capabilities). The GPS receiver typically has GPS in its device name. Select it and the Pearl will ask you for a passkey. This is most commonly 0000, but can also sometimes be 1234. You will now see that Bluetooth is enabled and your device is listed.

BlackBerry Maps BlackBerry Maps

Step 5: Strangely enough, sometimes even though Bluetooth has been enabled on your BlackBerry, it is not necessarily turned on. This is the most common problem when using a GPS receiver, because applications like BlackBerry Maps will tell you that your Pearl is paired to a device even when your Bluetooth is not on. So make sure that your Bluetooth connection is on by selecting the Bluetooth icon in the main application menu (you know it’s on when the text changes to “Turn Bluetooth Off” while the icon is highlighted).

BlackBerry Maps

Step 6: Enter BlackBerry Maps and select Options from the menu. Highlight the GPS Device Option (it should say None) and click the TrackBall or select Change Option from the menu. You should see the device you just paired as one of the devices listed. Select it and Click the TrackBall. The GPS Receiver should now be highlighted. Note: don’t forget to save your changes when you exit the menu!

BlackBerry Maps BlackBerry Maps

  • Bruce

    Great review!! Will this work for the Vz 8700E which does not have GPS enabled?

  • Bruce

    Great review!! Will this work for the Vz 8700E which does not have GPS enabled?

  • Bruce

    Great review!! Will this work for the Vz 8700E which does not have GPS enabled?

  • Aaron

    Bruce, I’m sure it will work with the 8703e by Verizon. You just need to have the puck, and some software.

  • Aaron

    Bruce, I’m sure it will work with the 8703e by Verizon. You just need to have the puck, and some software.

  • Joaquin

    I have been using Blackberry Maps on a Blackberry Pearl paired with a BT-359. The GPS works really well on tracking the position. However, BlackBerry Maps is not reliable at all when the GPS is enabled for tracking. The maps do not refresh well and sometimes it takes a long time for the map to catch up with your location. I have been testing The GPS and Pearl going from home to work and back. Thank God I know my way from one point to the other, otherwise, I would have completly missed every single exit I was supposed to take.
    I love the Pearl and I like the GPS device, but I would not recomend this a reliable GPS traveling solution.

  • Joaquin

    I have been using Blackberry Maps on a Blackberry Pearl paired with a BT-359. The GPS works really well on tracking the position. However, BlackBerry Maps is not reliable at all when the GPS is enabled for tracking. The maps do not refresh well and sometimes it takes a long time for the map to catch up with your location. I have been testing The GPS and Pearl going from home to work and back. Thank God I know my way from one point to the other, otherwise, I would have completly missed every single exit I was supposed to take.
    I love the Pearl and I like the GPS device, but I would not recomend this a reliable GPS traveling solution.

  • Andree

    Wow, it’s an awesome mapberry. I’m currently using tomtom and PPC CE 5.0 GPS built-in for travel planning, and you can’t imagine how much hassles to go through it compared to this mapberry. Although the screen is most of the times not big enough, but the easiness and seamlessness of it just enticing me. Moreover, as far as i know, only google and blackberry are doing maps as far as this, and no need to say that RIM is the only one doing both hardware and software so far. I believe as long as they conntinue R&D and good support on this, it will conquer the world of travelling in the future. Go RIM!

  • Andree

    Wow, it’s an awesome mapberry. I’m currently using tomtom and PPC CE 5.0 GPS built-in for travel planning, and you can’t imagine how much hassles to go through it compared to this mapberry. Although the screen is most of the times not big enough, but the easiness and seamlessness of it just enticing me. Moreover, as far as i know, only google and blackberry are doing maps as far as this, and no need to say that RIM is the only one doing both hardware and software so far. I believe as long as they conntinue R&D and good support on this, it will conquer the world of travelling in the future. Go RIM!

  • Andy

    Hi,
    Everything works OK for the 8703e but I have Verizon and I can not get my current position nor can I get turn by turn or any location. Am I doing something wrong?
    Thanks,
    ewokdog@yahoo.com

  • Andy

    Hi,
    Everything works OK for the 8703e but I have Verizon and I can not get my current position nor can I get turn by turn or any location. Am I doing something wrong?
    Thanks,
    ewokdog@yahoo.com

  • Annie

    Hi, I just got the blackberry pearl and the BT-359 USGlobalSat GPS Receiver and I want to see if I can get it to show me points of interest… otherwise what is the point of a GPS? I want to be able to find the nearest bank or starbucks. google maps does this great, but it doesnt look like I can pair my GPS Receiver to Google maps. Can you help please? Thank you.

  • Annie

    Hi, I just got the blackberry pearl and the BT-359 USGlobalSat GPS Receiver and I want to see if I can get it to show me points of interest… otherwise what is the point of a GPS? I want to be able to find the nearest bank or starbucks. google maps does this great, but it doesnt look like I can pair my GPS Receiver to Google maps. Can you help please? Thank you.

  • hector

    hey i just picked up the blackberry pearl and im undecided whether to buy the bt-359

  • hector

    hey i just picked up the blackberry pearl and im undecided whether to buy the bt-359

  • Murtaza

    Hello, I have a Bt-5 GPS satellite receiver and have hooked up to the BB pearl..did all the settings as instructed in this forum. The blue lights comes up on the BT-5 the dash on BB maps application reads GPS reporting, A red arrows always shows N direction, ever time i move the track ball a message pops us saying updating in 10 sec and counts down till 0. but all i get is gray diagonal lines. I have never seen any map on my screen. i have tried mixed and match other menu options but no luck. pls guide how to get the maps and GPS thing working on my BB

  • Murtaza

    Hello, I have a Bt-5 GPS satellite receiver and have hooked up to the BB pearl..did all the settings as instructed in this forum. The blue lights comes up on the BT-5 the dash on BB maps application reads GPS reporting, A red arrows always shows N direction, ever time i move the track ball a message pops us saying updating in 10 sec and counts down till 0. but all i get is gray diagonal lines. I have never seen any map on my screen. i have tried mixed and match other menu options but no luck. pls guide how to get the maps and GPS thing working on my BB

  • Murtaza

    Hello, I have a Bt-5 GPS satellite receiver and have hooked up to the BB pearl..did all the settings as instructed in this forum. The blue lights comes up on the BT-5 the dash on BB maps application reads GPS reporting, A red arrows always shows N direction, ever time i move the track ball a message pops us saying updating in 10 sec and counts down till 0. but all i get is gray diagonal lines. I have never seen any map on my screen. i have tried mixed and match other menu options but no luck. pls guide how to get the maps and GPS thing working on my BB

  • CWF

    I have Deluo USB GPS Pro+ SiRFstarIII for my laptop. Is there a way to hook that up to my BlackBerry Pearl?

  • CWF

    I have Deluo USB GPS Pro+ SiRFstarIII for my laptop. Is there a way to hook that up to my BlackBerry Pearl?

  • Newbie4BB

    Great review Douglas…Do you get charged data by rogers for using external GPS device? do you know of any GPS receiver that gives you turn-by-turn directions?

  • Newbie4BB

    Great review Douglas…Do you get charged data by rogers for using external GPS device? do you know of any GPS receiver that gives you turn-by-turn directions?

  • Jon

    amaze gps does turn by turn with voice and its FREE

  • Jon

    amaze gps does turn by turn with voice and its FREE

  • Greg

    Is there a gps that I can put on my blackberry for oilfield use? I am looking to get the LSD location maps so I can pin point leases and gas plants. Any info please let me know thanks

  • Greg

    Is there a gps that I can put on my blackberry for oilfield use? I am looking to get the LSD location maps so I can pin point leases and gas plants. Any info please let me know thanks