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Nokia PND Phone Offers Free Services

12/10/2009 09:36:41 AM Eastern
White Plains, N.Y. - A new unlocked Nokia phone looks like a PND-killer, offering preloaded North America maps, an embedded route-calculation engine and a lifetime of free connected services.

NokiaJust like a PND (portable navigation device), the full-touchscreen 5800 Navigation Edition  provides spoken turn-by-turn driving instructions with lane assistance and 3D map images, and because maps and route calculation software reside on the device rather than on a cellular carrier's servers, the phone can be used for navigation even when cellular signal is lost. The phone also offers points-of-interest (POI) information content such as restaurants and hotel information, speed-limit warnings, and speed-camera alerts based on embedded databases that can be updated via over-the-air downloads.

Like a connected PND, it offers near real-time traffic-congestion information, event and movie listings, and a weather service providing 24-hour and five-day forecasts.

The 3G HSDPA phone also comes with comes with car kit for dash- or windshield-mounting, and it features a pedestrian navigation mode to guide pedestrians up one-way streets and through parks, pathways and other shortcuts.

The device features 3.2-inch widescreen display and assisted GPS, and is available through www.nokiausa.com and independent online and retail channels at around $299.

Other select unlocked phones from Nokia, including the new E72, offer preloaded maps and route calculation without turn-by-turn guidance. For voice-guided navigation and connected premium content - such as event and movie listings, traffic reports and weather reports - a consumer must pay a subscription fee to Nokia for one-day, 30-day, or annual service. A month costs $8.89, and a year costs $63.99.

The business-class E72, also with assisted GPS, will be available through www.nokiausa.com, Best Buy and other independent retail channels at around $469. It's promoted for its messaging features, supports corporate email via Mail for Exchange or IBM Lotus Notes Traveler, accesses up to 10 personal email accounts, and enables IM directly from the home screen. It features a full QWERTY keyboard, an optical navigation key, 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, media and music players, and Ovi Maps with A-GPS navigation and a compass. It also enables separate home screens for work and personal time. Its map database includes 3D landmarks.

The E72 comes with 10 days of turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation for driving as well as 10 days of free weather and other premium content. The 10 days can be used consecutively or non-consecutively.
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