Nokia has revealed that it is to make its mapping and navigation service available for consumers to use free of charge.

The mobile phone manufacturer could provide consumers with encouragement to trade in their mobile for money to put towards a new handset such as a smartphone.

Nokia is the only company with a mobile navigation service for both drivers and pedestrians that works across the world.

“Unlike the legacy car navigation manufacturers, we don’t make you buy maps for different countries or regions even if you’re only visiting for a few days,” said Anssi Vanjoki, executive vice-president of Nokia.

According to research firm Canalys, the number of worldwide users of GPS navigation on their mobile phones was approximately 27 million at the end of 2009.

However, this figure could be set to increase to more than 50 million following Nokia’s announcement.

Independent site All About Symbian recently listed its three favourite Nokia mobile phones of all time and included the latest edition of the E series – the E72.

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