Nokia does it! Free navigation (in Amman) and all over the globe

Now this is just AMAZING.

Nokia has decided to stop charging for GPS navigation on its phones. Voice navigation for driving and walking is now FREE. If you have an NSeries, ESeries, XpressMusic 5800 (or a bunch of other devices which have maps/navigation) you basically have just been give a GPS navigation device that works all over the world.

The maps on Nokia devices always have been free. Which was great. But navigation was a charged service. Middle East wide navigation, for example, used to cost US$ 10 per month or US$ 100 per year. But as the competitive game between Nokia and Google has heated up with the latter offering free navigation, Nokia decided to up the ante and go free with its comprehensive navigation service world wide.

I have been testing Nokia’s Amman and Jordan maps and voice navigation for some time now and I have been pretty delighted with it. People sometime ask me why the heck I need voice navigation in Amman. Well, most of the time I don’t of course. But only in the past few weeks I used my N97 Mini test unit several times to find addresses. For example, I was supposed to go to a meeting at a company located somewhere off Abdullah Ghosheh Street the other day. You know, one of those side streets in a typical residential area. As I left my office, I searched for the street name, found it, clicked “drive to” and was guided effortlessly to my destination.

I also used the service on a recent trip to Irbid, which I rarely visit. I found my way out of a residential area to the main road back to Amman..

The video above is a cool demonstration of the service, shot in in one of my favorite cities: Berlin.

If you have a Nokia phone, check if you have the maps app. Update it to the latest version. Get the Amman/Jordan map (I think by now it should be downloadable from the web). And off you go :-)


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One Response to “Nokia does it! Free navigation (in Amman) and all over the globe”

  1. James Says:

    I am having trouble updating my phone. Is there somewhere in Aqaba or Amman that I can go and have them update it?

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