Nokia plans to extend support for Nokia Maps (Ovi Maps) on Series 40 devices, allowing users to have free GPS navigation.
Although Series 40 phones are similar to that of Symbian OS smartphones, these Nokia devices actually run on an interface that target developing markets and users who have no need of the features offered by “wiser” phones.
Nokia’s intention to offer free GPS navigation instructions on Series 40 phones will add more value to these devices.
Entry level and feature phones in the U.S. are devoid of third-party software with GPS integration to provide the necessary requirements for the service, so telecoms carriers usually create a joint venture with TeleNav to offer an option for a bundled subscription-based navigation.
These options, however, are too expensive for users who would want to save a couple of bucks through GPS-enabled feature phones.
Nokia Series 40 devices will not depend on having an internal GPS, but offer nearly accurate navigation via cellular tower triangulation technology to determine a user’s current location.
Moreover, Nokia has allowed the offline storage of downloaded maps so users could save more by avoiding network charges for mobile broadband data, especially with mapping applications using large amounts of data to download images.