Ben, thank you for your email and your suggestions. I have just upgraded to Kola Nut 1.8. It did not solve the problem.
Regarding fairness, let me explain. I bought the phone because I subscribe to the ideal it promotes. However, I have been spending about circa 8h to get Waze working and testing while I drive. The phone costs approx. 250GBP, so one would expect that it would not have problems with the GPS. The fact that it has, it is unfair to those who buy it, as it does not provide the services other phones in that price can provide. Also, from what I’ve read, it seems to me that people do not really know what the problem is. Because, if the problem was known, it would have been solved generically, at the touch of a button, like most other phones, not by having to read pages and pages of documented speculation with no outcome. Also, there should have been a s/w test to check if the problem for a phone is h/w one.
When do you think version 1.8.X will be coming out? I will wait until it does and if the problem is not solved, I am considering selling the phone. I also believe it is important to communicate this to community, because in my view problems such as these undermine the effort in the eyes of the wider audience that are not necessarily hackers, but want to support the “movement”.
Sorry about the long message, but at this moment I feel cheated and still maintain that the phone is unfair at the s/w service layer. I remain to be convinced otherwise by a working GPS version :-).