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Aliant today announced the availability of GPS Nav – a wireless service that provides Blackberry 8830 smartphone users with turn-by-turn, GPS-enabled driving directions, similar to an in-car navigation system.

The service. which uses the TeleNav system, includes full-color, 3D moving maps, voice and on-screen navigation, and information and directions to many businesses, including airports, hotels and restaurants across Atlantic Canada.

Detailed features of the GPS Nav service include:
  • Voice and on-screen turn-by-turn driving directions – Customers can type in or use voice recognition to call-in destinations, and GPS Nav computes the routes. While driving, users get up-to-the minute guidance, including street names, and will automatically be re-routed if a turn is missed.
  • Full-color 3D moving maps – Just like an in-car navigation system, the 3D maps turn, move and stop along with the driver, while also displaying a realistic image of the streets the driver is approaching and passing. Users can also pan and zoom around the map to view surrounding streets.
  • Biz Finder (local search) – Customers can look up several businesses in Atlantic Canada, including ATMs, restaurants, hotels, Aliant (Wi-Fi) Hotspots and gas stations, and easily navigate to them with the click of a button.
  • Spot Marker – Users can mark waypoints to help find their way back to a location or to record points of interest.
  • Pedestrian Mode – GPS Nav can be used while walking to help guide customers through crowded downtown streets or back to a parked car.
  • My Favorites – Customers can save as many addresses as needed for easy access and directions later.
Cost is an additional $10 US per month.
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