I got an amusing press release from GolfBuddy recounting the story of a golfer on holiday who inadvertently racked up thousands of dollars in data charges using his phone as a golf GPS. The international charges ran to more than $3,000. I’m sure that was quite the shock when he returned home to Germany.
On a Boy Scout camping trip we took to Canada this past year, everyone was warned to turn their smart phones off—and leave them off—to avoid accidental international data charges.
The moral of the story, according to GolfBuddy is that he should have used a stand-alone GPS instead.
I’ve used a smartphone GPS on occasion and found two problems. First, it chews through the batteries. On my phone, I can usually only get through fourteen or fifteen holes. Second, on more isolated courses (and there are many of those in Michigan), I can’t get a proper signal.
You won’t have either of those issues with a dedicated GPS or a laser rangefinder.
The full text of the press release is below: