How to Install Mobile GPS Software

by eHow Electronics Editor

GPS, officially named NAVSTAR Global Positioning System, was developed by the United States Department of Defense for military applications. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan opened up the usage of GPS satellites for everyone. Today one of the most popular uses of GPS is for mobile applications and navigation. The right mobile GPS software will help you make the most out of your hand-held GPS system.

Enjoy turn-by-turn directions from GPS Pilot's TripPilot software (see Resources below). You can automatically locate your current position, and then assign an ending destination anywhere in the USA, Canada and much of Europe. GPS Pilot also offers software for flights, a compass, speedometer and atlas for trip planning.

Listen to TomTom tell you how to get to your destination in the voice of your choice on your PDA or SmartPhone. TomTom has 50 different voices and speaks 22 different languages. TomTom is one of the easiest mobile GPS programs to install. Simply slide the memory card into your mobile device and you are ready to use TomTom (see Resources below).

Explore the area you are visiting when you install the smart2go mobile GPS software. In addition to turn-by-turn directions to specific addresses, smart2go software provides lists and directions to area hotels, restaurants, clubs and other interesting places anywhere in the USA and beyond (see Resources below).

Use NASA technology to guide your trips with TopoFusion software. TopoFusion mobile GPS software gets 2D and 3D maps from Microsoft's TerraServer and NASA's OnEarth server. Map view options with TopoFusion include aerial photo, satellite and topographical views (see Resources below).

Install free mobile GPS software to your computer and device (see Resources below). Free GPS software comes with varying levels of functionality. Carefully review each program's features before trying it.

Tips

  • check GPS receivers need direct access to the satellites circling the earth. You need to be outside to receive the strongest GPS signals.
  • check Save money on the GPS software you want to install by choosing the specific features you will actually use instead of all of the features available.

Warning

  • close Some companies charge one fee for the software and additional fees for GPS services. Make sure you know all of the fees you will pay before you buy and install the GPS software. Some companies also charge a restocking fee for unopened, returned software.