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Verizon offering free 30 day trial of VZ Navigator VX

Verizon offering free 30 day trial of VZ Navigator VX
Those using Android handsets get free turn-by-turn directions from Google Maps. That makes it hard for a fee based navigational service like VZ Navigator to grab Android users. In an attempt to score some new business from those totin' the green robot, the carrier is offering a free 30 day trial to VZ Navigator. You must be a new VZ Navigator user to get the free trial which can be downloaded from the VCast app store found on your Android phone.

The recently introduced enhanced version of the software, called VZ Navigator VX, is available for the HTC Droid Incredible, Motorola DROID X, Samsung Fascinate, Samsung DROID Charge, HTC Droid Incredible 2 and the HTC ThunderBolt. Some of the new features of VZ Navigator VX include Smart Routes which takes real time traffic into consideration when routing your trip. Traffic is updated every 60 seconds, and the software plans a detour if necessary. Turn-by-turn directions are spoken to you and work even while other apps are open. Road signs look realistic and the view of the road is accurate so that you don't have to worry about last second lane changes. You can use Place Messaging or Facebook to share your current location or the whereabouts of a meeting.

When you select VZ Navigator from the VCast app, chose the 30 day option and your free trial will start. At the end of the trial period, you will receive a prompt to start a paying subscription, but you won't automatically be signed up.

source: Verizon via gottabemobile

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posted on 22 Jul 2011, 23:21

1. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Yaaa I'll just use google map because it is free and it work good enough for the price.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 13:56

6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

there better be something incredeibly better in the VZW navigation to have a 1000% price difference. They really need to nknock it down to like 2 bux to have much of a chance of people using it. VZNav has always beena great nav program but the pricing is just too high.. way too high.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 00:24

2. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)

Ya with the exception of the lil 3D car, everything VZ Navigator can do I can do with my Google Maps, Navigation and Places, which are all free and powered by Google. VZ Navigator is powered by Bing, that in itself should mean its free and overpriced

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 00:54

3. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)

instead of thee car google uses an arrow thats the only difference

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 11:22

4. skymitch89 (Posts: 1363; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

I find it kind of stupid that Verizon charges for the use of their navigation app even if the user has unlimited data; but on Sprint's Everything Data plan everything that uses data including navigation is free. On another note, I don't understand why the carriers are putting their own navigation app on smartphone when I'm. Sure that almost everyone uses Google Maps instead.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 13:08 1

5. mobileuser70 (unregistered)

Not all navigation services are equal, you get what you pay for. Google navigation is cool because it incorporates google satellite maps...however, both google navigation and Sprint navigation are free because the maps they make available for consumer use are 18-24 months old...try it...try to find an address in new subdivision that is less than 18 months old....it is specifically due to the reduced cost of the maps that Sprint, Google, and Bing can afford to have this as a FREE service...VZ Navigator, on the other hand, charges a premium for the service because the maps are updated every 90 days....you can test this if you like...which is the opportunity that VZW is giving customers. You may not need maps that are updated that frequently, and in that case, the FREE ones will work fine. However, if you live in a metro area with a lot of new subdivisions or construction, imaging trying to give someone directions based on 2 yr old maps. Or, if you are travelling to an area that you don't know, you don't want old maps. Additionally, the other reason VZ Navigator charges a premium is that the traffic updates are more frequent and more accurate. Once again, not everyone needs this accuracy, however if you do, you appreciate it. So, if the FREE ones have worked for you, then fine...however don't complain that certain places you are looking for are not there or that info is outdated...to get that quality of info, you will have to pay a premium...that apparently is being charged with VZ Navigator.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 21:32

7. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

hahaha look at the little troll

posted on 24 Jul 2011, 00:07

8. dandirk (unregistered)

Why is Mobilesuer70 a troll?

I cannot confirm what he said is true, but I would hope so because paying for an app/service when a free one is also installed seems a little silly unless there is some other benefit.

Some people may thing the UI is worth the $$... others not.

2 year old maps... I generally don't have too much of an issue. But as he said some may have...

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