“Free Navigation on Mobile Phones”

July 12, 2010 on 11:24 am | In maps, personal travel, things travelers need to know | Comments Off

We enjoy using the free navigation services available on our cell phone. Google and Nokia, for example, provide free mapping and routing services that can be a good way to find a route between locations. Cell phones equipped with GPS make the routing even easier. Using these services in your home country is a snap, but once you are outside of your home territory, the roaming charges that can apply to using these services can be amazingly large.

Garmin, who provides Personal Navigation Devices, has recently published a study of using a cell phone with a UK service area to make a trip in France from Calais to Paris based on mobile routing provided by Google Maps. The data roaming charges associated with the journey (185 miles) cost approximately $55 for the 12-13 megabytes of data required for the route. You can read the entire press release here. Garmin, of course, wants you to buy a PDA from them, but maybe that would be cheaper than using your phone for navigation services while abroad.

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