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Skobbler Shuts Free Sat Nav App, Offers Premium Version for Free

iPhone navigation app maker skobbler has decided to shut down the free version of its navigation app and offer its premium app free for users for a limited time frame.

The company announced that it plans to launch a new version of its premium app, called Navigation 2, which will replace the existing premium app, skobbler Navigation.

The premium app users will be automatically be upgraded to the new version when it launches. However, the users of skobbler Lite, which is free, have been asked to install the premium app, which will be available to them for free.

Skobbler Lite will seize to exist on November 2 therefore free users have been asked to upgrade to the premium version before that.

Navigation 2 is said to come with new and innovative features based on customer and industry feedback, including offline map storage in case of a data connection loss.

“We would like to thank all of our customers for their valued support to our constantly evolving app and to the brilliant OpenStreetMap project – together they are helping us to create the future of sat nav,” said Marcus Thielking, co-founder of skobbler, in a press release (opens in new tab).

“We hope our invitation to upgrade to skobbler premium navigation for free in preparation for our Navigation 2 app launch will be warmly received. The new app will provide our customers with a radically improved experience in almost every way, from exciting visuals to a series of sought-after features – including the choice between online and offline navigation, which has been our customers’ top requirement.” he added.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.