Thanks to a tip-off from Azeez Saheed, we announce that Nokia’s Ovi Maps is nowavailable for free for all users. We went news-hunting and found this announcement from Nokia:
Until today, Navigation has been kept in the hands of the few. Today that changes. We realised that billions of people around the world already have mobile phones that are perfectly suited to delivering Navigation. So we’re going to let them do that. From this day on, Navigation on your Nokia, with Ovi Maps, will be free for everyone, everywhere, to get people to the places they love. Now, and forever.
- Free Drive navigation
- Free Walk navigation
- Free maps and map updates
- Free Events guides
- Free Lonely Planet guides
- Free Michelin guides
The first batch of devices for which the new free application is available for are:
- N97 mini
- 6730 classic
- 6710 Navigator
- 5800 Xpressmusic
- 5800 Navigation Edition
The free application will be available for more devices over time. Visit the Nokia Maps page to download your free upgrade.
This move by Nokia is quite strategic, as it enhances the value of their devices. What do you think? Does this move increase your attraction to Nokia smartphones and handsets?
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