Hi Scott, I've had questions from others about it, so I'd rather answer some of the initial questions at least, on the list so all can benefit. I haven't used it, but I've been on their mailing list for a while, and so have some idea how it is used. It's free software, available for certain models of phones. it can use the built-in GPS of the phone, or an external GPS (which is highly recommended over the built-in units). It does not have any map data on the phone, nor does it have the ability for you to enter an address on the phone and have it guide you to the address, nor can it tell you where you are (by naming a street and an approximate address). this makes it sound nearly useless, but what it can do with some work on your part, can be quite useful. it's all a question of how much work you're willing to do, because you'll need to use a pc and their web site quite a bit. what it can hold is a list of gps points, with their names and/or descriptions. you could have created these points, or you can download from their point sharing web site, if someone else has uploaded points for your area. it can only hold the points for a limited area (I don't know, say 2 square miles) at one time, but you can put more groups than that on the phone, and switch between them. what it does is to tell you when you come close to a point it knows about. you can create a point for your house, and your street corner, and so on, so that it could cover an entire route from your house to a specific destination. it has software on the web site, for you to enter a starting and ending address, and it will create a list of points for you from online map sources, and then you download this "route" to your phone. it means you have to know ahead of time the route you will be traveling. it will not only tell you when you get close, but based on the direction you've been moving, it will tell you where the point is relative to you (in front, to the right, and so on), and how much distance. if you have good computer skills, and the right kind of phone, and are willing to spend $75 or so for a bluetooth gps receiver, it can be quite useful as you learn what it's good for, and it's limitations. as a general rule, it's helpful for those who travel the same set of routes all the time. if you're someone who's job may require you to always move from one new location to another, then maybe it won't be so useful, especially if you can't always spend some time on your pc planning your trip ahead of time. If you're someone who finds the commercial gps units for the blind to complex (and some people do), then I would not recommend this; it's just as complicated. The only thing the commercial ones have, that this really doesn't have in any way, is a list of businesses that are near to any point. and of course, it cannot compensate if you go off route, and recalculate from your current position, and get you to your destination. their web site is http://loadstone-gps.com for more info. hth, Chip ------------------------------ Chip Orange Database Administrator Florida Public Service Commission Chip.Orange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (850) 413-6314 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.) ________________________________ From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of sgreenblatt76@xxxxxxxxx Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 11:42 AM To: TABI Subject: [tabi] Loadstone GPS Advice I was thinking of using the Loadstone GPS software on my Nokia E71 with TALKS. I'd like to know if anyone has any experience with the software so I could speak with him/her off list about it. Sincerely, Scott Greenblatt Esq. (850)212-3353 sgreenblatt76@xxxxxxxxx Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.