Used mobile phones could be traded in for map apps handset

19 April 2010 — 1:45 PM

Map apps get a thumbs up

Map apps that are available on some smartphones are a popular choice, it has been suggested.

Technology such as map apps could convince some people that now is the ideal time to sell used mobile phones in order to upgrade to a more modern handset.

According to, maps for tourists and the tube tend to be popular with individuals, although Nokia appears to have edged ahead of the competition.

Neil McHugh, co-founder of, stated: "Nokia making its own mapping software and voice turn-by-turn navigation totally free was a really smart move, as it gives them a real edge over devices that use services like Google Maps."

Indeed, Nokia recently announced on its conversations blog that the N97 now comes equipped with the 12 most scenic routes found in the 12 most beautiful countries.

Mr McHugh added while Nokia has robust GPS functionality, so too does Apple's iPhone.

Individuals who want to purchase a new phone from Nokia or Apple may want to recycle their old handset first to get the cash required.

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