Verizon Wireless launches a new version of its VZ Navigator location-based service with new features such as roadside assistance and social networking integration.
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On Monday, Verizon Wireless released VZ Navigator 5.0, a new version of its location-based service that brings enhanced navigation tools and more social-networking aspects to the app.
Available starting today on a select number of phones, VZ Navigator 5.0 now offers stranded motorists roadside assistance, so the driver can send his or her position to a dispatcher who can then route help to the location. Another new aspect of the software is Facebook integration. With this feature, users can make status updates right from VZ Navigator with the option to include their location.
Other new features of the app include streaming map data, enhanced points of interest, and graphic notifications for tunnels, U-turns, toll plazas, and traffic circles. In addition, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phone owners can use their voices to enter business searches and destinations with the new Say It mode.
VZ Navigator 5.0 is available now on the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530, LG EnV Touch, HTC Touch Pro2, and Samsung Omnia. According to Verizon, support for more devices will be rolled out in the coming weeks. Current subscribers to VZ Navigator will be alerted to the new update the next time they launch the app, while new customers will be able to download VZ Navigator 5.0 from VZStart or add it through the My Verizon account. VZ Navigator costs $9.99 per month for unlimited access or $2.99 for one day's use.