Travel by Smartphone Using Map Apps

Getting around using your smartphone is a smart and effective way to travel. Both Android and iPhone users can access pre-installed map apps that will help navigate the best route anywhere you need to go.

Google Maps comes pre-installed on Android smartphones, and can be downloaded for use on an iPhone. It has many handy new features to try. When driving, you can get real time traffic information, as well as a recommendation for the best route to take and travel time estimates. You can even use this feature for walking routes, or to see current public transit schedules. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, you can tap the “More” button, then “Parking” to locate nearby parking spots. You can even pin the location you park at to make it easy to find later on.

You can also keep your companions posted on your whereabouts and expected arrival time. Tap the pin on the map showing your location, then click on “Share” to send a text or email message letting them know where you’re at.

iPhone users will enjoy the convenience of the new features in the pre-installed Apple Maps. These include significant additions to live data information, so you can now use the feature in many locations to find public transit maps, as well as indoor maps for area shopping malls so you can conveniently find the store you’re looking for, as well as restaurants, ATM’s and other specific locations. To take advantage of the very latest features of Apple Maps, simply make sure you’ve upgraded to the latest iOS12 software.

Make yourself familiar with all the wonderful conveniences included with your smartphone’s mapping apps. It’s truly the modern way to travel!

17 Thoughts on "Travel by Smartphone Using Map Apps"

  1. Jim Smith says

    Waze is much better than above. Use it all the time.

  2. elaine berg says

    do your smart phones have gps (not just maps)

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Elaine, all of our smartphones come with the GPS function. If you aren’t interested in using the Maps application that comes pre-installed, you can check the applicable app store for the phone for an alternative navigation app.

  3. Don Lidke says

    Sooner or later, phone company execs are going to do something about robo calls. It is at the point where this 85 year old no longer answers the phone. To reach me, they must leave a message and I call them back.
    Most seniors will comply with my request. Those that are legitimate vendors may suffer if they do not comply. Business will suffer. As it is now, over 90% of my calls ring four times and that is it. It is in your vested interest to want me to answer the phone and use it. It means more revenue for you. But not if the telephone becomes a pain in the butt that increases exponentially……Don

  4. Teri Albert says

    I agree I dont even answer my home phone I just leave it on quiet mode.
    I have to tell my family members dont bother calling me if you dont leave a message. I wont return call. I am disabled and cant keep getting up to answer my home phone, I also dont give my cell number to anyone accept my family in fear of spam and telemarketers.
    what good are phones if there is no privacy..

  5. BRENT says

    Had more privacy back in the day when we were on a party line. At least I knew the local operators, and the other party members.

  6. Craig Austin says

    I’m trying to reconnect my phone I need some help

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Hi Craig, for security purposes we would need to speak with you to reconnect your service. Our customer service team can be reached at 888-345-5510.

  7. Frederic Heap says

    These Moto phones are so great I do not know where to start. I use them for Facebook, E-Mail, Waze, Maps, UTube, etc. I have just ordered a new phone because I lost/miss placed my old phone. Eill arrive Monday. Will spend lots of time to figure how it works. Cost so far per month, about $32.00 a month. My wife pays $129.00 a month for an iPhone with Verizon. I am going to talk her into switching to Consumer Cellular. Best company for Senior citizens. I am 79.

  8. Cindy says

    When using the preinstalled maps and gps directions, am I burning up data?

  9. Fran Przyjemski says

    How do I activate the audio part of the gps map system? I can draw up the map but can’t figure the audio part.

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s a great question, Fran. Depending on the app you’re using, there is usually a speaker button on the screen when you have turn-by-turn navigation turned on. If you don’t see it, I recommend referring to support with the specific app you’re using.

  10. sally roberts says

    I have a consumer cell that captures only the phone # and nothing else but I love it…These days tho I need a cell that give driving directions so what would you recommend for me ?

    • Hi Sally, thanks for your question! The new phone will depend on what you’re wanting in the new phone or what you’re comfortable with using. If you’d like, you can take a look here to see what the options are and their prices. If you have any questions about a phone in particular, just let us know and we’re always happy to help! We can be reached over the phone at 800-686-4460 or via our live chat here.

  11. Gregory Hanratty says

    I have a new I phone 12 with AT@T. They are not living up to the price plan that the customer representative sold me to on. They keep saying they will put me back on that plan but keep sending me bills that are 20 or 30 dollars more than I was told it would be. If I bought the phone outright would I be able to use the I phone 12 with a consumer cellular plan?

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s definitely frustrating, Gregory. If you want to use that iPhone with our service, it’ll need to be unlocked. If you’re not sure if it’s unlocked, I recommend checking with AT&T. They should be able to tell you if it is, and what the terms are to unlock it if it’s not.