Very recently I came to know that Nokia has made the walk and drive Navigation feature free to all Nokia Smart Phone users (for life time). This is made possible by introducing the latest version of Ovi Maps (previously called the Nokia Maps).
I have one Nokia 5800 Xpress music, besides my iPhone, that I bought around June of 2009 in India.
I went to the download section of Ovi maps and felt very happy seeing 5800XM listed under supported mobiles.
Phone not compatible
However, that happiness of mine didn’t last long. I seriously wanted the drive feature which I previously used as a 7 day trial period and fell in love with it. There was an instruction that the phone software update may be needed to be able to install the latest version of Ovi maps and that the firmware version needs to be V31.0.008 and above. I checked mine (*#0000#) and found it to be V30.0.011. I tried seeing if there is an upgrade available by hitting the ‘Check for Updates’ key under Options but it failed to find one. I wanted to double check if my mobile is showing the correct firmware version by looking at the product code (remove your battery and find one) and entering it here.
It shows the same version as the latest available. But I see that the latest Firmware available for Nokia 5800 Xpress Music is V 40 in European countries.
By checking with some geeks I got to know that it’s mostly got to do with the country and the Mobile Operator. I’m currently on Airtel (Btw, check out the free 100MB data offer from Airtel for 3 months, I’m loving it) and I have no clue why the update shouldn’t appear on it’s network.
Guys, if you have some knowledge on this, please shed some light. Also, if you are on a different operator, what Version are you seeing on your device (particular to Nokia 5800XM)?