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February 1, 2010

Verizon Wireless launches new version of VZ Navigator

Includes traffic crowd sourcing and alerts for other road attributes

By CBR Staff Writer

Verizon Wireless has launched VZ Navigator 5.0, a new version of its map, navigation and local search service, which it claims to help users find their way around town.

Powered by TeleCommunication Systems, the new Navigator is a GPS-enabled service that transforms a wireless smartphone or handset into navigation and communication device, enabling customers to find useful information and discover new places and destinations, the company said.

According to Verizon, the VZ Navigator 5.0 will offer enhancements to the existing service that take advantage of location-based technology including an updated interface and the ability to run multiple VZ Navigator functions simultaneously within a navigation session.

Verizon said that the new service is integrated with Facebook, allowing users to include and share friends, family and social networks locations. Customers can also use Verizon Wireless’ Roadside Assistance service to send their location to a dispatcher.

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In addition, the new version includes enhanced customer experience; points of interest; traffic crowd sourcing; alerts for other road attributes; and say it mode that allow customers to verbally search for and update destinations on select BlackBerry smartphones and Windows Mobile handsets.

VZ Navigator 5.0 is available for $9.99 a month for unlimited access or $2.99 for a day use on certain devices.

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