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Nav4All navigation shut down by Navteq

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Got some sad news in my inbox and have confirmed from the NAV4ALL website that NAV4ALL will shut down in a matter of days.

I've had a many great years of service from this product, and although not as flash as TomTom, Copilot and others, it was an app that ran on nearly all mobile devices.

Here is the extract from the NAV4ALL site:

Subject: Nav4All navigation shut down by Navteq

Letter to 27,625,631 Nav4All navigation customers

Dear Customers,

It is with the deepest regret that we hereby notify you that the global navigation of Nav4All and the Tracking & Tracing will go offline in 3 days. The reason for the same is that the data licence agreement with Navteq (a 100% Nokia subsidiary) was not extended, in a totally unexpected manner. It is not possible to implement data from another supplier in our Nav4All systems within the short term. The Nav4All navigation system was developed for Navteq data. Nav4All has therefore been constrained to stop.

We greatly regret the fact that we have to suspend the operation of our service. With your help, we have developed Nav4All into a global product with 27.5 million users in 56 languages, in 5 years. This has made Nav4All the largest navigation supplier. This large number of users also has to do with the fact that Nav4All works on hundreds of different mobile telephones of many makes such as Blackberry, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola, Android, HTC, Nokia, LG, Iphone, Ipod etc.

After 5 years of testing and market development, we witnessed rapid - in fact, exponential - growth during the last two years. That growth was reported in the licence reports to Navteq. In mid-December 2009, the global coverage was extended to include the Philippines, Morocco and Kenya.

Please contact the Nav4All support desk in case you have any questions: www.nav4all.com/support. If there is any further information from Nav4All concerning the subject of this letter, the same will be published on our website: www.nav4all.com. For reasons of privacy, Nav4All does not have the email addresses of all its customers, and we therefore request you to forward this email to the maximum extent possible, in order to ensure that everyone is informed.

Kind Regards,

Hennie J.M. Groot Koerkamp (CEO)
Nav4All BV
Keizersgracht 62-64
1015 CS Amsterdam NL


Any suggestions for free or reasonably priced alternatives? Google Maps? Bing? Copilot Live?

[edited by philly-d for News]
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Hmm me thinks there's something fishy here,

(a 100% Nokia subsidiary) sounds to me that Nokia don't want this to rival there now free ovi maps...

hmm

Damian

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This is very worrying, just how many other navigation programs make use of the Navigon maps? If this is Nokia refusing to renew licenses to reduce the choice of other navigation software available to other phones I'd imagine that the EU fair trade commission might want to have words with them. Or perhaps Nokia are trying to finance the "free" ovi maps by overpricing the data for other manufacturers?

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This is very worrying, just how many other navigation programs make use of the Navigon maps? If this is Nokia refusing to renew licenses to reduce the choice of other navigation software available to other phones I'd imagine that the EU fair trade commission might want to have words with them. Or perhaps Nokia are trying to finance the "free" ovi maps by overpricing the data for other manufacturers?

iGo uses Navtech or Teleatlas maps. Maybe Nokia/Navtech won't view them as competition, as they sell their product and tend to charge for maps separately.

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I've used http://www.amazegps.com/ before - it's not brilliant, but it works, so it's better than nothing. It's hard to complain that a company didn't want to licence their product to someone who was devaluing their offering to others, really.

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http://www.openstreetmap.org/

plus you can add more to it

plus you can LEGALLY edit upload download use in whatever software

plus you can export to allot of formats ...

this is of top of my ming

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What a pity. This wa a great site.

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