Nokia E71 and E66 get free Navigation with Ovi Maps

Nokia [NOK] have announced that a couple more of their phones are now capable of running Ovi Maps that provides free satellite navigation around the world. Phones now compatible with the service are the Nokia E71 and the Nokia E66.

The Ovi Maps application has worked on several other phones since January which included the E72, N97 Mini and X6, and due to the amount of people requesting it function on the E71 and E66, they decided to listen and created a compatible version.

When used with the Ovi Suite, the latest country maps can be downloaded on to the device allowing users to use the service off-line making it quite an attractive application. When compared to other free mapping services such as Google Maps (only in the US), they use on-line maps meaning that when you loose signal you are unable to navigate. Nokia doesn’t suffer with this problem if maps are synchronised.

Although the team at Nokia managed to get maps navigation working on the E71 and E66, Nokia do say these two particular phones are the oldest ones to get the navigation service in the S60 3.1 range (and older) devices. Also a few restrictions on what can be done have been added due to the technical constraints of the devices… ie, you can’t use Lonely Planet and Michelin guides.

Ovi Maps compatible devices include the Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition, Nokia E52, Nokia E55, Nokia E72, Nokia 5230, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 6730 classic, Nokia X6, Nokia N86 8MP and (with slightly different functionality) the Nokia E71, and Nokia E66.

The application is ready to download now from Nokia!

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