Nokia Ovi Maps now totally free

Like free stuff? You'll like the new(er) and improved (again) Ovi Maps from Nokia, which finally takes on Google  Maps and goes completely, 100% free.


To be perfectly accurate, Nokia's top-notch mobile mapping software has always been free, but you had to pay for 'premium' features such as live traffic info and turn-by-turn voice navigation (Google Maps only has this feature for US users). Now these, along with Lonely Planet guides to cities and Michelin food guides, will be part of the latest free Ovi Maps download.


Nokia also says its 'hybrid' technology means Ovi Maps are less data-intensive, so you'll pay less than with 'other mobile maps manufacturers'. You can also pre-download maps to your phone so that you'll be able to navigate without a data connection to save battery or for use when you're out of service range. The latest version features the shortcuts we heard about at last year's Nokia World - routes that cut through parks and pedestrian-only zones.


Ovi Maps is available now in 180 cities for 10 handsets including the N97 Mini, 5800 XpressMusic and E72, with more to be added soon. Get it here.

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