It's been a long time since I used Nokia Maps, Ovi Maps, or whatever it's called now. I haven't thought about it in ages, until I got an email from Gv786g (how do you pronounce that?) who asked me which map files work with Ovi Maps 3.06 on an N97.
Looks like Nokia Maps for Symbian is still alive. Since my last visit (a long time ago) Nokia added dozens of countries, mainly in Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean. Nokia also split the maps for Brazil, India, and Russia into parts so you don't have to cram everything on your memory card if you only need a little piece of the country.
Countries added: Angola, Aruba, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brunei, Burundi, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Ghana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Iceland, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Maldives, Montenegro (no longer with Serbia), Nepal, Panama, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saint Barthélemy, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Yemen, Zimbabwe.
Not all these maps are very good, though. Many maps outside Europe, USA, and Japan don't have more than the main roads on them. But hey, they're free and they work offline, which can save you from instant bankrupcy when you're traveling out where international data roaming costs a fortune.
Are you still using Nokia Maps, Ovi Maps, or whatever it's called on Symbian? Then maybe the new maps are useful for you. Google may make better maps, but free offline navigation on Android could use a bit of Nokia.
The old maps are updated too, and so are the index files that tell your phone what's where on the map.
Let me know if the maps and index files work for you or if there's anything wrong with the collection of links on the Nokia Map Loader alternative pages.
• Nokia/Ovi Map Loader alternative
Wednesday, 12 December 2012