Verizon has just introduced the latest version of its map, navigation and local search service – VZ Navigator 5.0. Â In case you’re not under Verizon Wireless contract, VZ Navigator is a GPS-enabled service Â that lets customers find useful information and discover new places and destinations using their Verizon phones.
VZ Navigator 5.0 boasts of two major features – Roadside Assistance and integration with Facebook. Â If you own a Verizon supported device, you can now update your Facebook statuses directly from the VZ Navigator interface. It even allows you to share your location Â to your updates. Â The service also lets you use Verizon’s Wireless Roadside Assistance for sending your location to a dispatcher who will then send assistance to where ever you are.
VZ Navigator 5.0 also sports a sleek and easy-to-use interface which lets you enjoy the following features:
- Improved customer experience by streaming data rather than downloading them
- Enhanced points of interest that provides access to premium places of interest with descriptions and Map icons
- Traffic crowd sourcing for sending real-time location and speed to the VZ Navigator traffic reporting system
- Alert for other road attributes such as graphic notifications for tunnels, u-turns, traffic circles and toll plazas
- Say it mode for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile smartphones for verbally searching and updating destinations.
Now, here’s the most important part – pricing. The service will cost you $9.99 monthly for unlimited access or $2.99 for a one-day/24-hour service. This will include continous updates to maps and points of interest,
VZ Navigator 5.0 is available for BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone, LG enV TOUCH, HTC Touch Pro2 Â and Samsung Omnia. Â It will be available to other devices soon.