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Is theer a GPS device whose it is possible to download caches directly from phone without wire?

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Not directly from a phone, but if you are able to tether your phone's 4G connection to create a makeshift wifi hotspot, you can connect the Garmin Oregon 700 to download caches directly. Otherwise the Oregon just needs a WiFi signal to connect to geocaching.com without the need of a computer.

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44 minutes ago, Mineral2 said:

Not directly from a phone, but if you are able to tether your phone's 4G connection to create a makeshift wifi hotspot, you can connect the Garmin Oregon 700 to download caches directly. Otherwise the Oregon just needs a WiFi signal to connect to geocaching.com without the need of a computer.

I thought 700s could tether with bluetooth to access the internet.

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That is how I understand it.  You pair the GPS to the phone with BT and you can then access all the online data at any time.  It should be automatic any time the phone is within range of the GPS.

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What is annoying is that the 64S also has BT and it pairs with a phone.  They could add the Geocaching live features to it if they wished, but they have not.

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The oregon 600 has BT and could pair with a phone. It could probably do all that the Oregon 700 can do if Garmin would reprogram it. At the very least, give these BT enabled devices the ability to pair with a computer to wirelessly transfer data back and forth with Basecamp.

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Originally, you could use "Basecamp Mobile" to move data from the phone, but they killed that app.  They are also killing Basecamp's cloud support in May.  Basecamp is a dead program.

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I don't think Basecamp is dead. It's still very much an integral part of data management on their GPS. They are killing their own cloud service probably because it costs them too much and is underutilized. I never saw that feature to be that useful. The replacement interests me much more - the ability to back up or store my basecamp data on Dropbox and/or Google Drive. 

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It is dead as far as Garmin is concerned.  They stopped updating it over two years ago and have stated that they will do no more development.

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OK thanks for the answer. If I resume and well-understand:

- I get a smartphone with 3G/4G

- I get a Gamin 700 (or 750 ?)

- I can go outdoor and connect GPS through wifi to my phone to geocaching.com to unload caches directly

 

Is that right ?

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No.  You connect the GPS to the phone with bluetooth.  The GPS connection to wifi is for at home.

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Well, there's no reason not to connect to a makeshift wifi hotspot with tethering if you can do it. It's probably faster than using BT.

 

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35 minutes ago, Mineral2 said:

Well, there's no reason not to connect to a makeshift wifi hotspot with tethering if you can do it. It's probably faster than using BT.

 

 

It uses a lot more battery in both devices and it is a lot of fiddling around.  BT once setup is automatic and will just work all of the time.  There should not be any speed impacts.

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