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Verizon releases VZ Navigator 5.0

Good news for you if you have a BlackBerry with Verizon: the Big Red released the new version 5.0 of its VZ Navigator application yesterday. It has a new interface (now also in Spanish) and gives you GPS, maps, integration with Facebook, Roadside Assistance service, location of restaurants, gas stations, banks and other points of interest, traffic alerts, weather forecasts, movies and events, automatic speech recognition, and quite a few other features that I am too lazy to mention. You can check the long list and full description of features yourself at the official Web site.

If the advertising is to be trusted, it must be very easy to use, especially on the BlackBerry:

Contact Integration
Available only on BlackBerry devices, the VZ Navigator application allows you to easily get directions to a contact right from your device’s address book just by using the Menu key, or while you’re in the VZ Navigator application, easily pull the contact information for directions or local searches.

VZ Navigator costs $ 9.99 per month per device or $2.99 per day. The following devices are compatible with VZ Navigator 5.0:

  • Blackberry Curve 8530
  • Blackberry Storm
  • Blackberry Storm 2
  • Blackberry Tour

Other devices still require VZ Navigator 4 and are expected to get the upgrade to 5.0 rather sooner than later. Go check the Web site, it will tell you all that and a lot more.

4 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Gimme a break. Still paying for voice-guided nav? Get Life-In-Pocket. Voice guided, weather, and most of all, free!!

    Works just fine on my Storm 2 from “Big Red”

  2. Can’t wait til google fully penetrates the cell phone market and forces all competitors to offer free voice guided GPS.

  3. I’ve been stuck with the EZ navigator for a little less than a week, and it is horrible. Much more difficult to use. Screen graphics are smaller. The dashboard view has been replaced by a list view, with very small font sizes. If they are not able to give me back my 4.0 I’m going to either get a Garmin or try out Google Maps. At least the latter is free.

  4. I want to add to the above…. the version 5.0 is with the red splash screen is the horrid version. I really liked 4.0 despite its occasional directional quirks.

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