Remove the gps from a cell phone

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  1. vagelis

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    Is it possible to remove the gps from any cell phone and reuse it ?
     
  2. MikeML

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    Sure, if you can unsolder a 30+pin smd IC from a tiny PCB...
     
  3. vagelis

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    thanks for the answer .. i need to do more research
     
  4. Dr.killjoy

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    What does the GPS have to do with anything? ¿?
    Are you trying to stay off grid ??
    Phone tracking works with many phone towers and they triangle you location by signal strength and direction compared to the other towers.. You can stay hidden through not so legal ways and its a lot of work to maintain it..... Do not use a GPS jammer.. They will fine you and lock you up ...
     
  5. ErnieM

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    None of which has any bearing on REUSING the GPS.

    I doubt a cellphone is a good source for a module since it would probably be embedded with the rest of the (undocumented) circuitry.

    I have found complete and easily removeable GPS units inside a car GPS unit. They have a bit more room and are very price driven (and lack a service provider to pick up some of the cost). Ones I've taken apart have a separate board with a complete module attached, with a connecting cable. Aside from the very small connectors it should be easily reuseable (which is why I have some in my parts bin).

    Otherwise you can buy complete modules. Sparkfun.com had some last time I looked.
     
  6. vagelis

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    im building a low budget drone..and thats the reason im searching for parts i might already have
     
  7. wayneh

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    Any cellphone? No. Older ones may not have GPS capability (such as iPhones prior to 3G). Newer phones may have the GPS built into a larger IC (combo wifi, cell radio, GPS for instance). A subset of phones will have discreet GPS-on-a-chip ICs such as this one.
     
  8. alfacliff

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    check with the larger distributors, they sell gps modules, and may sample one to you if you ask.
     
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  10. vagelis

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  11. wayneh

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    Because you value your time at some price above zero?
     
  12. Papabravo

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    Some of us have more money than manual dexterity.
     
  13. iimagine

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    Sweet Jesus! $40 plus for a GPS module!
     
  14. wayneh

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    I'm using a SiRFstar III (20 channel)-based GPS puck that has bluetooth connectivity and a 15-hour rechargeable battery with charger, all for <$15. Why pay more?
     
  15. Sensacell

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    The chances of being able to remove it without damaging it are very low- then once it's out, figuring out how to make it work will be very difficult.
    Buy a GPS module, it's going to be a nightmare otherwise.
     
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