Does the Automatic work with a phone with no data plan?

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Does automatic work if I use a iphone 5 with no data plan?  Can the phone be used as a storage device for the automatic to offload the cache data without the GPS mapping?  I mainly just need to keep track of miles travel and need a time stamp on those miles driven.  
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William Ng

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Hi William! In order to have the best experience, your phone will need to have an active data connection when you're driving. The adapter can only cache 8 hours worth of driving data, so if you complete more than 8 hours of driving before the data is transferred and processed, this data will be lost and it will never appear on your account. Here's more information on what happens when you drive without an active data connection. 

Having said that, trips without GPS data will still include miles/distance traveled and timestamps. Distance is commonly thought to come from looking at GPS positioning, but it actually comes from velocity data (which is read from your car's on-board computer). 

We still recommend that you use Automatic with an active data plan on your phone, but some folks use a hotspot WiFi connection in lieu of a cellular data plan. It won't be an ideal experience, but to read more on this topic, check out this discussion.

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