Nokia has referred to this new announcement as ‘freemium’, offering premium content for free.
With immediate effect, ten recent Symbian handsets will be able to download the new version of Ovi Maps that offers completely free navigation for driving and walking – using Navteq map data that includes pedestrian-only paths and alleyways.
Additional services include access to data from Lonely Planet, Michelin, Facebook, Time Out and wcities.
74 countries are available with these high quality navigable maps and the new service went live at 1030 GMT today.
Maemo users (N900) will have to wait a little longer to get an update, which will be included on all GPS-enabled Nokia phones from now on.
UK users will also get devices in the future pre-loaded with map data for UK & Europe, allowing a full navigation experience without having to access maps over-the-air. In addition, to lessen the impact of all of this map data on your storage space, Nokia has pioneered an all-new hybrid (vector graphic based) map data format that reduces file sizes considerably.
The company expects to make money from additional services ‘overlaid’ on the maps, and announcements will come later in the year.
The first ten devices are:
- Nokia E72
- Nokia E55
- Nokia E52
- Nokia N97 mini
- Nokia X6
- Nokia 6730 classic
- Nokia 6710 Navigator
- Nokia 5800 XpressMusic
- Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition
- Nokia 5230
More info: Ovi Maps