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Nav4All shutting shop citing data licencing agreement issues.

Over the years that I have been using a BlackBerry, I have tried a lot of different navigation software applications. But there was alway one that I always returned to and recommended to all. That application was Nav4All.

Earlier today, I received a notification email from the CEO that, with their deepest regret, Nav4All will be taken off line in 3 days time citing data licence agreement issues with Navteq.

I have attached the entire email and if you are interested, you can check it out after the break.

Well, farewell Nav4All team and the best of luck for the future for you and all of your staff. Thank you for the years of service and an application that, in the free market, could not be surpassed.  If you ever do resurface, please let us know as we will be happy to spook  your wares again…

“Dear Customers,

It is with the deepest regret that we hereby notify you that the
global navigation of Nav4All and the Tracking & Tracing will go
offline in 3 days. The reason for the same is that the data licence
agreement with Navteq (a 100% Nokia subsidiary) was not extended, in
a totally unexpected manner. It is not possible to implement data
from another supplier in our Nav4All systems within the short term.
The Nav4All navigation system was developed for Navteq data. Nav4All
has therefore been constrained to stop.

We greatly regret the fact that we have to suspend the operation of
our service. With your help, we have developed Nav4All into a global
product with 27.5 million users in 56 languages, in 5 years. This has
made Nav4All the largest navigation supplier. This large number of
users also has to do with the fact that Nav4All works on hundreds of
different mobile telephones of many makes such as Blackberry, Sony
Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola, Android, HTC, Nokia, LG, Iphone, Ipod

After 5 years of testing and market development, we witnessed rapid –
in fact, exponential – growth during the last two years. That growth
was reported in the licence reports to Navteq. In mid-December 2009,
the global coverage was extended to include the Philippines, Morocco
and Kenya.

Please contact the Nav4All support desk in case you have any
questions: If there is any further
information from Nav4All concerning the subject of this letter, the
same will be published on our website: For reasons
of privacy, Nav4All does not have the email addresses of all its
customers, and we therefore request you to forward this email to the
maximum extent possible, in order to ensure that everyone is

Kind Regards,

Hennie J.M. Groot Koerkamp (CEO)”

10 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Well, that really stinks. Their software was very good.

  2. Siting?
    Citing maybe?

  3. This sucks. Obviously a money grab by Nokia. I suspect the others who use Navteq data are soon going to be in the same boat, pay more or lose access. Tough to market a “free” nav app in such a climate.

  4. Agreed all. Hopefully they do strike a deal in the future as this was a kick ass piece of free software.

  5. stinko!!!!

  6. NAVTEQ continues to work across all companies and industries. There is no change to the fact that NAVTEQ operates as a completely independent unit of Nokia. All customers continue to have access to all data under consistent terms and conditions. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach agreement to extend our contract with Nav4All in alignment with these terms and conditions. Our priority is to operate a manner that is fair to all our customers. We are pleased that Nokia recognizes that one condition of this is for NAVTEQ to remain independent. From a NAVTEQ perspective, providing equitable terms and conditions is another.

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