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Unregistered 01-12-2009 10:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RogerPodacter (Post 449469)
i've been saying ovi maps should be free on EVERY nokia phone for a long time now. just think of the marketing power that nokia would have if they offered free ovi maps just by being a nokia phone user! it is a huge advantage in the industry for nokia to use their "might" to muscle around everyone else, because frankly the other manufacturers could not compete if nokia did this.


Ovi Maps is free already.

It's just the nav that needs payment.

seki 01-12-2009 11:20 PM

Why not make Ovi maps
 
available to more devices .. not just Nokia's .. for a fee.

I do not need Navigation .. I can read a map .. if its good enough.

Jaggz 01-12-2009 11:53 PM

Here's another idea. Make Ovi Maps the best Sat Nav software on the planet bar none! Give away the first 6 months, then charge a yearly subscription from there on in.

Nokia. Make it better... actually, no, make it the best navigation software anyone has ever seen. And then advertise it as such.

Surely even Nokia can't write off the money they spent on Navtech? It was a massive amount.

wampyre 02-12-2009 05:42 PM

As people have pointed out Google Maps downloads the maps through a data connection. That is both the advantage and disadvantage with Google Maps in my opinion.

This is also where OVI Maps is better in my opinion as you can download the maps in advance. I do agree with your idea that the satnav could be released free for a limited time.
However I also see that this is done partially in the different range of Nokia handsets where handsets have either free walking navigation, free driving navigation or both.

As for the premium services, most average users don't really have need for that. Weather forecasts can easily be accessed via other applications and traffic info is only something you would need if you drive to work. (If you do, you probably also know when the traffic peaks are).
The only thing left of the premium services package that is suitable for the average users are the travel guides which can come in handy.
However they were/are limited by the languages that your handset supports.
A friend of mine bought a travel guide for Japan and it showed up with only squares and characters that didn't gave much meaning, due to the fact that names on the street was, not surprisingly written in Japanese.

So all in all, to Nokia's defense I think they do, do a decent job in competing with Google Maps. That said I would of course not mind if I suddenly was blessed with a free one year navigation on my handset.
But as the situation is now, this only comes with (some) new handsets.

Unregistered 21-01-2010 08:16 AM

Bingo!
 
Nokia to offer free navigation

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE60K0YZ20100121

tenoce 21-01-2010 09:04 AM

Congrats Steve!!! Mr. Nostradamus... :)

arobescu 21-01-2010 07:53 PM

map israel missing
 
Looking on Nokia Maps I was astonished to discover that the only country missing from the world is ISRAEL...they don't know Israel exists or they still don't recognize its existence !!??
(I am an ordinary Romanian, not Israeli)


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