If you are going to be tracked no matter what, you might as well have some fun while it’s being done. To that end, Verizon Wireless has introduced an upgrade to VZ Navigator, version 5.0, which does just that.
According to Verizon Wireless, VZ Navigator is a “GPS-enabled service that transforms a wireless smartphone or handset into an all-in-one powerful navigation and communication device, enabling customers to find useful information and discover new places and destinations.” This new version will be available right away for users of the BlackBerry Curve 8530, the LG enV TOUCH, the HTC Touch Pro2, and the Samsung Omnia.
New to version 5.0 are streamlined maps for faster navigation start-ups, enhanced points of interest, real-time traffic information and road alerts, and voice integration. Roadside assistance is available. And version 5.0 will also let you tap into social networks, such as Facebook, allowing you to share your location information with family and friends in real-time.
No surprise here--Verizon charges for the service: $9.99 per month for unlimited use, or $2.99 for one-day/24 hour use (on certain devices). Verizon says that download charges vary, and airtime or megabyte charges may apply when using.