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Nokia To Offer Free Nokia Maps to Windows Phone 7 Users

The free navigation software from Nokia, called Nokia Maps, will be made accessible to all Windows Phone 7 handset owners very soon.

News published on ZDNet (opens in new tab) confirmed that Nokia formally announced that they are intending to introduce the software for free for the Windows Phone ecosystem in the "next couple of weeks".

This free app should not be confused with Nokia Drive which is fully fledged navigation application exclusive for Nokia handsets powered by Windows Phone.

Nokia Maps is Microsoft's Bing alternative which provides navigation from point A to point B and shows places of interest.

The user can do turn-to-turn navigation as well as voice guidance without paying anything for these services.

The features to be expected from Nokia Maps are Local POI details which can provide phone numbers, locations, photos and reviews of maximum 25 places in the user's vicinity, Deep link support through which the user can pin destinations at Start screen, and detailed maps through satellite in both 2D as well as 3D views.

And, all these facilities will be available for free. Bing from Microsoft is good but at times it creates lot of confusion which hopefully this new app will not create.

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.