T-Mobile is offering a Nokia N70 mobile using ALK Technologies’ Co-pilot Live 6 navigation software, the first version to run on the Symbian operating system.
The N70 receives location data via a Bluetooth GPS receiver and real time traffic updates are available via the phone’s 3G connection. Street maps are supplied by Navteq.
Co-pilot Live 6 for Symbian maintains almost all the features that can be found on the Windows Mobile version. However, route profiling has been omitted.
ALK’s marketing director, David Quin, believes that ‘compared with the bigger screens [of standalone GPS devices] the phone is not as distracting to drivers’.
Jote Bassi, marketing manager at T-mobile, envisages this as being ‘a step towards encouraging users to use mobile phones for data services’.
As such, mobile phone users will have the option to sign up for T-Mobile’s web’n’walk tariff, which gives unlimited data downloads for a flat fee of £7.50 a month.
The addition of GPS capability to the N70 (which also plays mp3 files and has a 2megapixel camera) shows, according to Bassi, ‘the market moving towards converged devices’.
For the next month, the N70 will be available in a World Cup edition, which includes an adaptation of EA Sports’ FIFA 2006 World Cup football game along with football-themed icons and media clips.
The phone is available from T-mobile immediately and, depending on the type of contract you sign, it will cost anywhere from free up to £299.99.