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Topic # 57150 4-Feb-2010 09:39
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I can't remember how I came upon this, but I can't believe that Nokia has decided to release their maps + voice navigation for free!

If the sat-nav business wasn't completely killed off by Google's free sat-nav for Android, Nokia have made the final blow!

Sadly it's only available for certain models (the newest) at the moment via a new version of Ovi Maps, but hopefully more models will be added, like my N95! (please please...)

To be honest, the whole Nokia Maps + licence key was a complete rip off. In a few months of subscriptions, you could buy your sat-nav with no on going charges! I'm pleased with Nokia's move, it's a win for the consumer and loyal Nokia users.

[Edit: Argh! this topic was briefly mentioned in another thread regarding Garmin XT, sorry]

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  Reply # 295958 4-Feb-2010 09:48
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Er, I posted this here like a week or so ago... Old news now!

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  Reply # 295971 4-Feb-2010 10:14
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Double Argh! My bad. I did check, but I guess a quick glance doesn't qualify :/

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  Reply # 295983 4-Feb-2010 10:46
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One thing to remember is that the business model for Sat Nav is significantly different in other parts of the world.

Here in NZ people think of a device as a one off cost. We live in a small country where map updates offer very little for most people.

Compare this to the UK where a significant number of of people pay for yearly (or even quarterly) updates for their devices because so much changes.

There was nothing wrong with Nokia's model - it's just not something that NZers were used to. Making Maps free however was a great move!

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