How much data does maps use?

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If I use the GPS (maps app) on my Samsung phone, how much data will I be using? For example if I travelled for 30-60 minutes. I know it uses a satellite signal which is free, but I read that it also uses some data. Since I only have 200mb, I am wondering how much of it would I use. Thanks
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Ivan, Mobile Master

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It doesn't use a lot:

That being said, you only have 200 MB so I wouldn't recommend it since every MB is precious when you only have 200.

I'd recommend Co-Pilot Live Premium ( It's only $15 and doesn't use data for navigation (though it does for stuff like traffic if you want it to).
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I use the Samsung as well. You can only use data when you are selecting destination. Once done then you can turn off the data. It will then follow route using your GSP. Even better don't use your data at all. Set the destination using your wifi before leaving home or use free wifi hotspots like Safeway or Tim Horton etc. That way you won't use any data at all!
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But you do not get any route recalculation that way. Also, I may be mistaken, but don't you also lose out on the voice guidance that way as well?
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However if you are constantly searching for things on the map, zooming, scrolling, then you will use more data.

My advice is if you are using Google Maps on OS 2.2+ (Froyo), you can download up to 6 maps for offline use. Check it out here:
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In my experiences with GPS navigation apps and depending on what device you have, it's best to try and get a standalone sat-nav app. Ivan suggests Co-Pilot, I use Sygic (paid) and Navfree: Free GPS Navigation on my Galaxy S2x. All three apps work very well.

Google Maps downloadable map content is generally too small and restricted by size. At approximately 80 MB per map file x 6, this gives you 480 MB of offline map data to view. This is helpful if your travelling on foot or a short distance by car, but not a practical alternative if you need real-time route guidance.

To put this in perspective, Sygic stores 840 MB of map data for Canada. The entire country can be viewed offline and provides route recalculation, spoken street names and turn-by-turn voice prompts. Data can be used for traffic or locating a specific point of interest. There's a 7 day trial period and Sygic is currently offering a 30% discount.


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Thanks everybody for your replies!! Very helpful!! And very much appreciated