Verizon launches VZ Navigator 5.0 with Facebook integration and roadside assistance

Verizon, North America’s largest mobile carrier, has announced the availability of VZ Navigator 5.0, the latest version of its own map and navigation service.

Based on technology from TeleCommunication Systems, VZ Navigator 5.0 now integrates Facebook, letting you update your Facebook status directly from the app, or share your location if you want.

The new VZ Navigator also includes the Verizon Roadside Assistance service, which can “send your location to a dispatcher so assistance may reach you more quickly.”

Other features include: updated user interface, enhanced points of interest, improved customer experience, traffic crowd sourcing, and “Say it Mode” (you can verbally search for destinations on select Windows Mobile and BlackBerry smartphones).

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VZ Navigator 5.0 is available as of today on select Verizon handsets like HTC Touch Pro2, BlackBerry Curve 8530, LG enV TOUCH and Samsung Omnia. More devices will be added soon.

Unfortunately, unlike Nokia’s new navigation offering, VZ Navigator 5.0 isn’t free: it’s $9.99 per month, or $2.99 for a one-day use (on certain phones).

Via  Press release

Author: Ilinca Nita

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