Nokia has announced that their navigation software known as Nokia Maps will be made available to those who own handsets that run on the Series 40 operating system, where among them will include the recently introduced Nokia Asha 303 at Nokia World 2011. Basically, new phones that are powered by the Symbian Series 40 operating system are touted to be pre-loaded with the Nokia Maps navigation software, so you need not fork out a single cent to help you get around unfamiliar territory around town.
Nokia Maps on the Series 40 is said to boast a global range, where it is specifically aimed at local needs, which is why it will be delivering free maps that cover over 180 countries, in addition to free turn-by-turn visual routing in more than a century of countries. Assuming you use Nokia Maps on the new Asha 303, you are able to locate over 3 million offline points of interest that will include tourist information centres, sights and museums, restaurants, hotels and shopping interests.
There is no need for the hardware to come with a GPS chipset since this service was specially designed to rely on network-based positioning. While that is definitely not as accurate as an actual GPS navigation system, it is still good enough to help you get around, not to mention saving you a whole lot of money on data costs and downloading. [Press Release]
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