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Free upgrade for Nokia phones

Ovi Maps

Ovi Maps

If you own a Nokia phone you have just received a free upgrade – your phone is now a satnav unit.   Nokia has just launched free turn-by-turn navigation to its Ovi Maps software for Symbian S60 devices – simultaneously in 70 countries around the world, and in 46 languages.  The service from Nokia has been, up to now, a premium service with an associated cost.  It’s only for Nokia’s ten Symbian S60 devices for now, but a version for the all-new Maemo-powered N900 is set to follow before long.   The directions also include those on foot, very useful when you have parked up in a strange city.  Don’t forget to mark the location of the car as one of your favourites, so you can find it again later.

The maps are stored on the phone.  New Nokia phones in the UK will have the maps pre-installed, to include continental Europe.  This saves on data charges and not having to download maps as you go along.  The launch puts it in direct competition to Google’s Nexus One phone, which offers a similar service.  However, at present the Nexus is only available in the USA.  This must mark the beginning of free, turn-by-turn voice instructions navigation for us all.  From personal experience, I find it works very well.

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