Cyclists offered reason to sell used mobile and opt for BlackBerry

3 June 2010 — 11:58 AM

Cyclists offered reason to sell used mobile and opt for BlackBerry

Cyclists may decide to sell a used mobile phone in favour of buying a BlackBerry device after learning of an upgrade to its Google Maps service.

The search engine provider has released its 4.2 version of the software exclusively for handsets by the smartphone manufacturer, reports the Google Mobile Blog.

It features a new ability to plot routes for those on a bike, while also offering enhanced information about local services and the opportunity to share with friends.

As well as directing cyclists on normal roads and paths, Google Maps 4.2 will highlight dedicated biking tracks with a dark green marking.

Another useful specification of the technology is its ability to allow people to send friends and family a map of where they are - which could be particularly helpful when planning to meet.

Julie Snape, head of marketing at Envirofone, says: "The features on today's smartphones just keep getting better. They're proving to be a must-have item for the 21st century bikers. By trading in your old handset for cash, you could snap up your very own and take advantage of the fantastic apps such as Google Maps."

Meanwhile, those not keen on a BlackBerry device may instead opt for a model by Nokia, which provides its own Ovi Maps service.

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