I have been hearing many complaints from Verizon subscribers on how GPS is crippled on their new 8830’s. People have been discussing it on the forums for a few months now and today it was just covered by Dave in his US News Blog. This is really frustrating since it seems that AT&T will be going down the same road with the new 8820 by disabling GPS. I guess carriers feel they need to make money off everything. This happened with Verizon and Bluetooth and now it seems like the trend is only growing stronger.
On a side note, Sprint’s 8830 does have GPS enabled for free and they were one of the first companies to charge for TeleNav. Maybe we can take this as a hint that forcing customers to use TeleNav for GPS did not work. This trend suggests that even if RIM creates the ultimate BlackBerry, if carriers aren’t making money off the extra features they wont care. This is the same reason that we still can’t get the AOL and MSN messenger clients on our BlackBerry’s even though the software already exists.