If Nokia, Google and now O2 Germany can do it, so can Samsung. I’m talking about free voice-guided navigation service that comes bundled (and/or available as a free download) with the device purchase. That’s exactly what the Korean company is offering to the Monte (S5620) buyers in the Czech Republic.
NaviExpert is providing the Java-based software which works in 36 European countries, and all that’s required is a working data connection. In other words, if you’re going to use this service, you better sign-up for some unlimited data plan.
I fing it interesting that free navigation is bundled with such a mid-range device as Monte. Is this a glimpse of the future or what? Seriously, we could see a number of handset makers, platform providers and even carriers offering free navigation services with virtually every GPS-equipped handset at some point in the future. That’s definitely something to look forward to, right?
In the meantime, while data plans are still somewhat expensive, I prefer having my maps pre-loaded before getting in the car.