Nokia releases free Ovi Maps


Nokia has released a free version of Ovi Maps in its latest move to become the leading provider of services and hardware.

Ovi Maps is currently available to download from for 10 of its handsets at present, including the N97 mini, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia E72. More Nokia smartphones are expected to be added in the coming weeks.

The service comes with turn-by-turn voice guided navigation features for both pedestrians and drivers. For drivers this includes lane assistance, traffic, information, safety camera and speed warnings. For pedestrians this includes shortcuts through parks and pedestrian-only zones for over 100 cities around the world as well as 6,000 3D landmarks in over 200 cities.

It is available in 74 countries in 46 different languages, with maps for over 180 countries. Maps can be preloaded onto a Nokia phone so users can set Ovi Maps to offline mode, saving battery power.

Nokia executive vice president Anssi Vanjoki said: “We want to make using your mobile for navigation as familiar as using it to send a text or take a picture. We believe that making the best maps with voice-guided navigation available for free will be the catalyst to do this.

“Why have multiple devices that work in only one country or region? Put it all together, make it free, make it global and you have something that is truly useful and can help get you around almost any city in the world whether you’re on foot or driving.”