Does any one know if there is a gps app that you can use in Europe that works in airplane mode so we don't get charged for roaming? I know we can get a gps unit with the rental car, but since we have a smart phone i wanted to explore thatoption first... Thanks in advance!
Turn cellular data off. Don't switch anything else. You'll have a gps that works fine, still have wifi, and still have a fully functioning phone. Stay away from the stupid airplane switch. You'll have to download country maps first, or when you have a free wifi connection. I use MapsWithMe, pro version, which cost about five bucks. What you won't have is voice or turn-by-turns. If you want to move up to the no-brainer, Magellan and TomTom both have apps, but they're going to cost about as much as a stand-alone - - not such a good idea if this a a single trip. Hell, not such a good idea anyway since you're going to have to prop/hold the phone to see the display, run the battery down unless you carry a car charger, deal with a smaller display, etc, etc.
I downloaded Sygec Europe for my upcoming trip. It's supposed to work offline. I also have IGO primo for North America and that one does work offline. Only reason I went with Sygic was price and coverage of All the places I'm going
I've used citymaps2go app for off line interactive maps. Used it in Spain and morocco and highly recommend