List of GSM phones with real/standalone GPS

I’m in the wind after some GPS and figured I could as well upgrade my phone. So here I am searching for GPS enabled phones just to find out that most of them are actually A-GPS (Assisted GPS) phone scoop have all the definitions with explanations and types of GPSes from what I’ve noticed. Just look in their glossary. Also, search fro some phones with GPS and you’ll notice some have just “yes” others “A-GPS” others also have LBS or something, others E-ODT, and so forth.
But what I am interested is a phone with REAL as in STANDALONE GPS module. For 2 reasons:
– 1: have GPS even if no carrier coverage
– 2: not pay monthly fee or data transfer fees
Now, there are some phones that have a GPS module but rely solely on A-GPS. Some of which may be “tricked” into using the real GPS module without the “A” but I’m not into “tweaking”.
So, what I’ve done is to spend quite a few hours on phonescoop and searched their database for all the phones with standalone GPS module. It wasn’t easy as they only show 20 results (no pagination) so you are stuck on tweaking the filters in order to get all the phones in those 20 results without getting through the same phone twice.
I did something like (simple search): select manufacturer (one bye one, or by group of 3-5-7 if their name suggested me that the changes of them making many phones with gps was small), also requiring GSM (we only have that and CDMA in our country and the CDMA operator is a shitty idiot one that does not accept other phones in their network and as stated above, I’m not into tweaking so flashing is off the table)..
If the results were too big, then I would require the form factor, one by one or again, by group, where the changes of a gps phone is small. if there were still too many, I would go with display resolution, one by one or grouping. And this was the deepest level I had to go with the Nokia’s.

So, long story short, here’s the list if anyone else is interested:

Smartphone name Link
Sony Ericsson W760
Sony Ericsson Z780
Samsung Behold T919
Samsung Flight A797
Samsung Mythic A897
Samsung Behold T919
Sharp Sidekick LX 2009
Palm Treo Pro (GSM)
LG Xenon GR500
LG Fathom
LG CF360
HTC Pure / Touch Diamond2
HTC Touch Cruise
HTC Dash 3G / Snap (GSM)
HTC Tilt 8925 / TyTN II
Nokia N96
Nokia E66
Nokia N85
Nokia N82
Nokia E90
Nokia N95
Nokia E71 / E71x
Nokia N79
Nokia 6220 Classic
Nokia 6210 Navigator
BlackBerry 8830
BlackBerry 8820
BlackBerry Storm 9530
BlackBerry Pearl 8110
BlackBerry Curve 8310
BlackBerry Bold 9000
Garmin Asus Garminfone
Garmin Asus Nuvifone G60
HP iPAQ hw6920 / hw6925 / hw6915 / hw6945

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11 Responses to “List of GSM phones with real/standalone GPS”

  1. florin says:

    a-gps este assisted gps. Adica, are gps receiver in el dar este mai slab si are nevoie de asistenta din retea (celulele gsm) sa sa-ti dea locatia exacta. nu stiu daca in afara de garmin phone este vreun telefon cu harti preincarcate. majoritatea telefoanelor de acum au gps incorporat, dar nu au harti sa-ti arate locatia. de aceea se foloseste google maps care foloseste hartile on-line ori poti cumpara softuri specializate pentru gps pe mobil. Ar trebui sa aiba in jur de 1GB pentru America de Nord de exemplu. Daca softul are cativa MB nu e cu harti incorporate.

  2. Tisha says:

    Thank you so much for this list. It’s amazing how difficult/time-consuming it is to find out this information.

  3. Casemods says:

    Thank you for this!

    I dont even consider a phone to have gps if it needs the internet. Might as well just keep my ipod and use google maps before i leave my house where i have wifi.

  4. Mike says:

    What about the iphone ?

    • ciuly says:

      Wasn’t in my targeted phone types. Besides, if you just want a gsm phone with real GPS, no fancy stuff, you don’t start looking at the high end products 😉

      • Tim says:

        IPhone’s A-GPS often needs a network connexion to get started.
        Thus it is not as reliable as a real GPS in the wild or overseas.

        • Thompson says:


          The iPhone, at least my 3G and 3GS are completely functioning “standalone” autonomous GPS receivers. Just pull out the SIM card and use any offline map or the built in Google Maps with tile cashing (jail-broken) and your GPS will track you. Sometimes I notices this took just over 10 minutes – the time a GPS receiver needs to download the entire GPS Almanac.

          • Thompson says:

            btw: I use them in the ocean in my yacht and trekking in the mountains…. no WIFI or any type of network available. Overseas I pull the SIM card for GPS/mapping and use a cheap, local dumb-phone for calling.

  5. Noah says:

    love phone scoop and I love this list. I have the Nokia N82 and got hooked on “standalone GPS” quickly

  6. Jim says:

    Has this page been updated since 2010? If not, then I’m curious if this list got bigger or smaller since then.

    • ciuly says:

      No, sorry.
      feel free to bring an update though if you can. I will be ion the wind for a new phone later this year, so I might update the list at that time.

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