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stock radio, GPS off phone without mount.

My buddy did this the other day on his 07 SG, and I bet it will work the same for a RG. He has an Android and he simply plugged the phone into the Aux port on the radio. He turned his GPS on and put in his destination. He then ran his music off his phone and put the phone in his pocket.

When the GPS says something, it will pause the music, and automatically tell you directions, such as when your exit is coming up. It then goes back to playing your music until the GPS says its next step.

Im sure some of you had figured this out already, but I had never thought of it so I just thought id share. I'm sure it would work over Bluetooth as well if you don't like being connected to the bike, or just put your phone in the glove box.

Maybe its old news, but I thought it was handy.

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Sounds about right. The phone recognized that the GPS app has priority over the music app causing the music to be interrupted for the GPS.


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It's a great method, but be aware that leaving the phone on GPS can gobble up data at a pretty good clip. If your trip isn't too long, I don't think you'd be much affected, but for long touring trips, unless you have unlimited data, you could end up being one of those carrier horror stories where you get a surprise $2,000 phone bill.

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This is the method that I've used for a bit, but I hate having that cord dangling. It's kind of cost effective though (I paid $1.99 for the cord at RadioShack I think, as opposed to a lot more for other items).

Make sure all your phone setting are right though. I went on a roadtrip when I first set this up, and I never heard any directions, and after the first interruption, I stopped hearing music! I had to pull over, and I was the one leading the ride.

...that was an embarrasing moment...

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It's a great method, but be aware that leaving the phone on GPS can gobble up data at a pretty good clip. If your trip isn't too long, I don't think you'd be much affected, but for long touring trips, unless you have unlimited data, you could end up being one of those carrier horror stories where you get a surprise $2,000 phone bill.
This is a good point. I, like most people, only get 2 gigs of data per month. However, doesn't the GPS only use data when it is locating a destination or you? I think once its set up and going, it just eats battery and not data, or am I mistaken?

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I purchased a Bluetooth plug in to the Aux and ran that for awhile. The ever increasing change in technology and my enthusiasm for new tech resulted in my purchase of a new yet to be installed Pioneer head unit. The Pioneer has app and BT functionality.


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This is a good point. I, like most people, only get 2 gigs of data per month. However, doesn't the GPS only use data when it is locating a destination or you? I think once its set up and going, it just eats battery and not data, or am I mistaken?
I think it exchanges data in bursts. For instance it IDs your location and sets a route, but periodically "checks in" and readjusts based on the updated location. Then again, I may be thinking of the tracking type of apps, not just the apps that give directions. Maybe someone on the forum here has measured the rate of GPS data consumption and can chime in.

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Thatd be nice. I wouldn't wanna use a ton of data, but this method is handy if theres no catches.

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StrayMutt. I fortunately am one of those grandfathered people from AT&T that still has unlimited data so I'm not so much worried about my data usage. Lol.
That why for the time being, I'm just gonna use my phone as my GPS but if they ever take the unlimited from me. Then I'll look into a Zumo GPS.


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I just did a 1k round trip this last weekend using this very system.

While I cannot breakdown how much data useage applies to the GPS, my 3 week useage is 1.5GB.

and that is actually slightly below my average rate...so i would conclude that it does not use a significant amount of data for the GPS function.

Hope this helps.

Side note: You all scared the SHlT out of me...I had not considered the data use and thought I was in for a scarey bill.

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