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Nokia launches free map service, plans GPS as standard

Nokia smart2go

Nokia smart2goAccording to VNUnet, handset genius Nokia is launching a free download that allows mobile phone users to browse maps in 150 countries. But the best snippet of information hidden in this story is that the company plans to add a GPS function to all its smartphones.

The news site claims an unofficial source within Nokia has told them that all the company's smartphones will have GPS built in to them as standard by the end of the year.

Coupled with Nokia's free map service, that could put a huge dent in the sat-nav market.

At launch, the smart2go service will offer support for full turn-by-turn satellite navigation in over 30 countries for handsets already sporting GPS capabilities.

Users will be able to see where they are on a map, search for points-of-interest close by and create routes to get them there.

Nokia will rollout the free smart2go program on 10 February, initially running on selected Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile 5.0 gadgets.

Future support will be added for other operating systems, including all Nokia S60 versions, Series 40, Linux, other Windows Mobile phones and PocketPCs.