Verizon Launches VZ Navigator
Verizon Wireless has followed in the footsteps of Sprint, Nextel, and others in offering GPS Navigation services to their customers. The service, called VZ Navigator, will cost either $10 per month of $3 per day.
The service will only be available on one phone, the Motorola V325 which costs about $80. Other phones will follow later in 2006.
VZ Navigator uses software called AtlasBook developed by a company called Networks in Motion. Thus the data will be driven by Nateq mas. The application is delivered via an applet on Verizon’s “Get it Now” service packages. Navigation works through triangulation via cell towers.
Mapping data is downloaded to your phone and yes, you are charged for that download time although Verizon says it should be less than one minute for most maps. Incoming calls do suspend navigation.