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Nokia to Offer Free Turn By Turn Navigation

on January 21, 2010 – 12:34 pm8 Comments

In late 2009, Google announced that it would be giving free navigation on the Motorola DROID/MILESTONE in the North American region.

Now Nokia is also following Googles footsteps but at the same time taking it to the next level. Nokia is going to offer free turn by turn Navigation in 76 countries, in 46 languages and detailed maps for over 180 countries. Nokia used to charge earlier for the turn by turn navigation. So this step is a huge move by Nokia and should attract a lot of customers.

It is estimated that Nokia will be providing the service to around 20 million smartphones which means its hard luck for dedicated GPS devices such as Garmin and Tom Tom.

This is definitely going to be game changer ! We shall wait for official announcement from Nokia .

Hope this move attracts developers to build more apps based on Nokia Maps !

via Reuters

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  • Jagan

    If this is the big announcement from Nokia today, then boo. I was expecting more, but as usual, they disappoint.

  • http://www.iamsamrat.com Samrat

    As usual, nothing new from Nokia.
    Nokia can only copy from others!!!

    • http://www.fonearena.com Varun Krish

      How is this copying ?

      The entire industry is welcoming Nokia’s move .

      Apple is known to nickel-and-dime users ;) I understand your love for Apple. But your comment is pointless

      • http://www.iamsamrat.com Samrat

        This was first started by Google and now Nokia is following it.

        I know in order to survive in this competitive market, they need to do this.

        • http://www.fonearena.com Varun Krish

          Ah ok. Now get your point.
          Google is offering it on the Droid only in the US market. Nokia brings it to devices across the world.
          And guess what Google is indirectly a customer of Nokia through NAVTEQ(owned by Nokia) which supplies maps.

          • http://www.iamsamrat.com Samrat

            Yup!!

            So there is only 10 device support as of now, when are they extending the support for other devices.

  • Leif Offermo

    This is great of Nokia. Preloaded maps no expensive cost as with Google maps. I always buy a phone card in the country I travel to.

    Now I just use my GPS in Nokia 5800 and do not have to pay expensive downloading cost for taking down maps. I have so far not seen any phone company with a data plan on cash mobile cards abroad.

    This is great of Nokia.

  • krishna

    Used it immediately on my way back from office to home. Map was pretty decent and so were the turnings. Need to try more to look into this feature.