Consumers taking advantage of free navigation application

17 February 2010 — 7:30 PM

Are maps needed anymore?

The increasing popularity of navigation and mapping applications on mobile phones - include Nokia's Ovi Maps - could encourage consumers to sell their old mobile for cash to put towards a new handset.

Nokia recently reported that more than three million people have downloaded its navigation package.

The issue of such packages on handsets has been a topic well-discussed at the Mobile World Congress industry fair, which runs in Barcelona until this Thursday (February 18th), Reuters reports.

Tim Shepherd of industry consultants Canalys said: "Navigation on phones was an industry, now it is an application, an application for free."

Mapping applications on mobile phones could be positive news for customers as it could mean that they can avoid purchasing a sat-nav.

Consumers may be interested in buying the Nokia N900, which has been nominated for Smartphone of the Year and Gadget of the Year in the 2010 Engadget Awards.

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