Thursday, April 06, 2006

Wayfinder: Free directions available

During trial. WayFinder, based in North Europe is making available a trial version of their GPS Navigation software for Symbian Series 60 and Windows Mobile devices.

Started as an internal project at Ericsson, Wayfinder goes after the Nordic region (but its website shows that it is all over the place) and Nokia seems to be a big partner. Most of the phones supported by the package are from them.

For U.S. you need to use a GPRS provider like Cingular, old AT&T Wireless or T-Mobile. GPRS stands for General Packet Radio Service. Internet over Radio. IOR.

And why should you care about it? Because with GPRS you can surf "without needing Internet provider assistance, allowing you to visit WAP sites directly from GPRS phones". More about this here.

Check the history of the project. I tried on a Nokia 3660, thanks to a couple of friends and will report back soon. If you happen to match the requirements above head to the WayFinder website.

You will also need a Bluetooth GPS receiver that outputs NMEA 0183 through a serial protocol, like the one Nokia sells but you can probably get others to work with. The app doesn't seem to use A-GPS but there are packages available that make use of GSM tracking.

BTW, are you living under 200 feet from sea level?

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