VZ Navigator for HTC Thunderbolt hits Android Market-without the phone
If this scenario of a VZ Navigator app being made available on the Android Market for a phone that hasn't yet been rolled out seems familiar, a similar situation occurred with the Motorola DROID 2 Global back in November.
Still, optimists will say that this is a positive sign that the launch of the HTC Thunderbolt is imminent. As we reported yesterday, there is some speculation that the handset is in the process of being shipped to Verizon retail locations.
source: AndroidMarket via AndroidCentral
The VZ Navigator app is now available in the Android Market for the HTC Thunderbolt-only the phone is not yet available
1. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
It's got to be a tough sell to get people to pay $10 a month for VZ Nav when folks can get Google Maps for free. Really, VZW charges $30 a month for its data package, and then wants to chump its smartphone customers to pony up another $10 for VZ Nav? I fail to see the selling point here. Whether customers elect to use VZ Nav (which I actually like) or Google Maps, it should be included in the data package price.
3. sinfulta (Posts: 266; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Actually VZ Navigator is finally now way better than google maps. The price was also dropped on Navigator to only $4.99/mo. Is it worth it? To people who travel all the time yes. Cause it does many things google maps doesn't, like the gas finder with prices and getting around traffic and the 3D Maps are far superior. For everyone? No. Definitely not.
Here's the link to VZ Navigator X (The current Version for Android)
4. sinfulta (Posts: 266; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Actually I take that back, I don't think the price drop has happened yet. Anyone from Verizon want to let me know. I thought it was supposed to start today. But maybe not.
7. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
From what i've heard the $4.99 price is for the iPhone only...?
5. Tottenham (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
Point well taken. As I said, I prefer VZ Nav, but for the few instances that I need it, it's not not worth the price. It would indeed be great if Verizon would drop the price to $4.99/mo. Assuming they do that, maybe they'd go one step further and drop the daily rate to $.99 and maybe $2.99/wk.
2. LionStone (Posts: 405; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Agreed. There has gotta be a good fraction of subscribers that use it or they wouldn't keep charging for this service. The day they stop making $ is when it'll be free...
6. Owlet (Posts: 444; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)
I have to travel a lot. Always use Google maps and very happy with it. I can't imagine why I would pay $10 for something similar. Google does everything I need. I don't run into something I wish it had that it doesn't. But apparently some people buy VZ navigator....
8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2801; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
If you need to travel every day or week, yea pay for VZ Nav. But if you are like me and only use GPS once in a great while, Google Maps is more than enough.