Nokia turns its smartphones into sat-navs for free

Darren Allan

January 21, 2010

The big news from the Ovi store today is that Nokia is turning Ovi Maps into a complete global sat-nav system.

Google has done this previously with Android, although not on a global scale, as it only supports the United States currently.

Nokia smartphones will be blessed with turn-by-turn directions for some 74 countries worldwide (and maps for far more, 180 countries).

And all this will be free to Nokia phone users, plus speed camera data, and up-to-date traffic reports in certain countries (the UK being one of them).

Another big plus the new Ovi Maps service boasts is that the maps are all loaded onto the phone, so you won’t need a network connection to use them. Which will be extremely handy when driving abroad.

You can download the revampled Ovi Maps now for free, if you own one of the following compatible handsets: Nokia X6, Nokia N97 mini, E72, E55, E52, Nokia 6730 classic, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia 5230.


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