We’ve received various reports that the GPS on the Samsung Vibrant is broken out of the box. Locking on to a GPS signal can take can take a while, if it does at all, and the location can be rather inaccurate at that. The folks at XDA-Developers have figured out a quick fix that won’t require doing any serious modifications to your phone’s software. Samsung says they are working on an update proper to fix the GPS issues with the phone, but for now just follow these instructions to get yours acting the way it should.
- Navigate to Settings > Location & Security and uncheck the box next to “Use Wireless Networks.”
- Go to the phone’s dialer and enter the number *#*#1472365#*#* then press send to access the phones LBSTestMode menu.
- In the LBSTestMode menu, press “Application Settings” and change “Operation Mode” to “MS Based.”
- Navigate to the “SUP/LCP Settings” and the SERVER & PORT to supl.google.com (make sure NOT to place “www.” in front) and port 7276.
- Make sure the settings are saved and reboot your phone.
- Navigate back to Settings > Location & Security and check the box next to “Use Wireless Networks.”
And that should do it. This fix is also confirmed to work on the Samsung Captivate, but attempting to replicate this on the international Galaxy S I had no luck. If the fix doesn’t seem to work for you and you’d like to reset to your old setting repeate the same process but use the following information at the LBSTestMode menu:
- Operation Mode: Standalone
- SERVER: www.spirent-lcs.com
- PORT: 7275
If all else fails, you may just have to wait for an update to be issued for the fix, but hopefully this will set your wayfaring GPS straight.