More and more users are taking advantage of their smartphone's GPS capabilities and picking up navigation software, or using the one already installed by their carrier. Makes sense to spend $30-50 dollars for a good piece of software that travels with you, rather then $100+ on another piece of equipment taking up that 12v plug. Google has been talking for a while about offering their own turn-by-turn, talking, navigation software, but Nokia beat 'em to the punch.

via CBC News: "Nokia said Thursday it will offer free navigation services globally for users of its smartphones in a drive to counter a similar move by Google.

The application, with detailed maps for more than 180 countries, will also have voice guidance in 46 languages for 74 countries.

It will be immediately available for download on Nokia's Ovi Map site, and as of March, all new Nokia GPS-enabled smartphones will include the new version of Ovi Maps. Users will also have free access to Lonely Planet and Michelin travel guides that have information on more than 1,000 destinations globally.

"We can now put a complete navigation system in the palm of your hand, wherever in the world you are, whenever you need it and at no extra cost," Nokia executive vice-president Anssi Vanjoki said. "By adding cameras at no extra cost to our phones, we quickly became the biggest camera manufacturer in the world. The aim of the new Ovi Maps is to enable us to do the same for navigation.""

Full article here.