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Orange France and Telmap launch free navigation app


Article by: Mike Barrett
Date: 8 Dec 2010

pocketgpsworld.comYesterday Telmap announced the launch of a free GPS application branded as Orange Maps V2. Orange Maps V2 uses server based Navteq mapping of 26 European countries. The application is optimised for both pedestrian and in-car operation, with spoken direction instructions.

To augment the application there are nearly 120,000 business listings, a fine dining guide, and the locations of the French Velib bike hire stations in Paris.

The full Telmap press release follows:

Telmap launches free GPS navigation, mapping and local search with Orange France

LONDON, 7 December, 2010 – Telmap, Europe's largest mobile location-based services provider, announces the launch of Orange Maps V2 at Orange France, a mobile location-based service based on Telmap’s Location Companion especially designed to accompanying users throughout their on-the-go experience, going beyond in-car and pedestrian navigation.

Orange Maps navigation will be included on all GPS-enabled devices including iPhone as part of all Origami tariff plans that come with data packages. It will enable users to search for and access up-to-date information from a variety of content providers and to perform pedestrian and mobile navigation.

Orange Maps navigation includes:

· Complete mapping, pedestrian and in-car navigation spoken and graphical instructions.
· Coverage of 26 European countries including France, using NAVTEQ Maps.
· Telmap’s innovative widgets carousel for easy, intuitive discovery of weather, restaurants, pharmacies, ATMs and more.
· Several local services including:
- 118 712 business listings
- Champérard fine dining guide
- Vélib bicycle stations in Paris
· Automatic map updates

Orange Users will also be able to purchase the full Orange Maps option, offering premium functionalities and content such as:

· Wikango Mobile Community speed cameras alerts
· Static speed cameras alerts
· Availability and free parking space information of nearby parking in Ile de France
· Gas stations prices in France
· Real-time traffic information integrated into map display and route calculations in France

“Orange France is an innovative operator who fully understands the power of location-based services, and users’ need for up-to-date information while on the-go. Orange Maps V2 provides Orange users with an ultra local experience that goes beyond navigation, bringing additional useful and relevant local content such as gas prices, restaurant guide, and bicycle stations information. Telmap and Orange are expanding the service, adding more and more local content and community services like Wikango, and we are confident that Orange users will appreciate the thoughtful design, and the rich offering that creates a unique, differentiated and truly local service.”, says Oren Nissim, Telmap CEO.

More information can be found at http://gps.orange.fr

Download: Download the application from Orange World> menu> GPS / routes or directly from the Orange App Shop on your phone (and soon on the Android Market).
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