GPS Broken in my Samsung Note 3

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I need my phone to do about 2 things:  Call Katie and Google Maps.  I have a terrible sense of direction.  When I was younger I would drive with paper maps.  I would need to pull over every mile or so to make sure I was where I was supposed to be.

The navigation feature of a phone is absolutely brilliant and has changed my driving life.  I love how Google Maps looks and works.

By the way, most car manufacturers have GPS maps build in to the car.  They look like shit.  Why is this?  They know what Google looks like.  I am sure they could license the technology.  It’s pathetic how poor of an experience most car GPS systems are.  (I’ve heard that BMW may have improved theirs recently).

Anyway, Google Maps is great, but about 4 months ago, my GPS started acting all weird.  It would spin in a circle.  It would turn me sideways traveling 65 miles an hour on the highway.  It would put me in the woods to the left of the highway on a regular basis.  Google Maps became useless.

I tried everything.  I tried other map software (waze). I tried to fix the GPS with several apps.  I got a replacement SIM card.  Factory default reset. Exorcism with an ancient Egyptian talisman. Nothing worked.  Finally, I took it to the Verizon store and they said they fixed it in about 2 seconds.  Wrong, nice try.  It was still broken.  So they FINALLY ordered me a replacement.

Now it’s fixed.  There was something wrong with the hardware, but I can not say for sure what it was.

Now it’s fixed and it’s all good.  Back to the miracle of modern science.  It’s amazing how something can be so powerful and then so useless, all because of a broken doodad.

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  1. Don’t forget the 1.5 hrs I spent on the phone with tech support who said it was definitely a software problem.

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