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When I established the forums in 2005 it was to offer a more richer web experience and greater functionality than the platform where we started this social adventure in 2003, Yahoo Groups. The forums were once a busy hive of activity and provided locals and visitors with a wealth of information just like the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook today.

It was a time where we didn't have the many social media platforms we have today, and it was a different time in terms of mobility and technology. There was no instant access to information, no Google Maps and a very limited base map on your GPSr. Mobile connectivity for me was a 9600bps Infrared connection from a Nokia to a laptop and in later times to a PDA using WAP.

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Live Geocaching - Mobile app

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Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by johnrm » Tue May 04, 2010 11:54 am

Found this today...
http://live.geocaching.com
Has anyone been successful with it?
Specifically, has anyone been successful getting it working on a SonyEricsson W995?
I can't get it to talk to the inbuilt GPS.

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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by johnrm » Tue May 04, 2010 12:32 pm

With this app, if you allow it, others can see where you are on the map.

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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by CluelessTwo » Tue May 04, 2010 2:08 pm

I used this App but found the UI unusable and tiny. I have resorted to GCzII which in my opinion is far superiort than any mobile app Ive seen.

Dont have the link just now but if you google GCzII or Nicque freeware you will find it.
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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by wildfowler » Tue May 04, 2010 4:51 pm

I have it up and running on a Sony Ericsson W995! Works well enough but I wouldn't fancy relying on it as my only means of caching! I'll stick with the 550t! But it's handy to know I have a back up if I need it!
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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by johnrm » Tue May 04, 2010 10:41 pm

Hi Wildfowler,

How did you get it working with the inbuilt GPS? Is your phone 'branded'? I read somewhere that with branded phones the GPS is funny. The handset needs to be flashed with Generic Firmware.

I played with it a bit on Wi-Fi it seems a tad sluggish.

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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by wildfowler » Tue May 04, 2010 11:05 pm

My phone is branded with Orange and the GPS works fine.

Here's how I got it to work -

1 - Open Menu\Entertainment\Location Services\Status Info - Go to settings and choose privacy - pick "always allow" when asked "Allow sharing my position with external services" and ensure GPS is enabled in the same sub menu.

2 - Hit back to return to Location Services menu - Choose Status info

3 - Once GPS is connected and locked on to satellites (Checkable by jumping between the two tabs "Current Activity" & "Connection Status" chose minimise to go back to Location services menu

4 - Return to main menu and open the Geocaching Live App - It should now work with the GPS, it may ask a couple of questions such as allow application to use location services - choose yes, and allow application to send to the internet - again choose yes.

Once connected it should now show you the main screen and allow you to use the app!

I have found it to run slow too but as I said it's only a back up should everything go horribly wrong! I have tried it out to find a cache and it did work but it wasn't a hard cache to find! Also it's still in the beta stage so it should improve with time!

Did you have any problems installing the app in the first place? I had to download the .jar file and install it manually. The other option wouldn't let me install and when it did the app was corrupt!

Hope this helps! Any problems give me a shout!

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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by johnrm » Wed May 05, 2010 7:39 am

I'm sure I tried all this, and looking at the phone the menus seem a bit different.
I want to have it on the phone without maps (I don't have a Data Sub)
I'll play with it later.
Thanks!

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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by wildfowler » Wed May 05, 2010 6:50 pm

Any joy John?
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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by johnrm » Wed May 05, 2010 10:58 pm

Yup, I got it working. I think the trick was to start the GPS and minimise it.
When the Live app asks for Bluetooth, say no, and it seemed to work away.
Very slow though, I don't have data, so was standing outside my front door to get GPS and still stay connected to Wi-Fi.
The interface is a bit clunky, but it works reasonably well given the platform.
I might add Data for a month to play with it in the field.

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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by thomasvm » Tue May 18, 2010 9:29 am

Hi, I used the 10 day trial on my Nokia E71 - worked great - found GC's no problem - remarkably accurate GPS on the phone 8)
BUT - the trial ended and I paid the EUR15 fee for an upgrade - download OK, but whilst trying to install it states that the JAR file is invalid? has anybody had this same problem? :cry:

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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by johnrm » Tue May 18, 2010 10:02 am

Hi thomasvm,
I can't answer your question, but I spotted you on the map last night and sent a message!
I think I might get the data add-on for a month to try it out.
John

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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by thomasvm » Tue May 18, 2010 10:05 am

Hi John, I saw your message whilst trying to re-install this application - it is a great tool - I will try to figure the new verison out now...

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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by hairytoeman » Tue May 18, 2010 11:42 am

I have occasionally tried this on a Nokia 5800, but it is a flakey interface being part touch screen, part button. I can not get the online connectivity working, so need to import GPX files previously downloaded to my phone. I still have not given up on it, though it certainly would not be my primary geocaching interface at the moment.

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Re: Live Geocaching - Mobile app

Post by johnrm » Tue May 18, 2010 12:01 pm

This app is in Beta, so bugs are to be expected.

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