September 29, 2011

Skobbler premium navigation app now free on iTunes

by Darren Allan

Skobbler has announced that the premium version of its sat-nav app is now free to download from the Apple App Store, but only for a limited period of time.

So best get over there and grab it, should you wish.

Skobbler Lite, the previously free version, is to be discontinued, so those using that app should switch over to the (now free) premium.

Everyone on the premium version is then set to receive an automatic free upgrade to Skobbler’s upcoming Navigation 2 app, when it emerges next month.

What changes are coming in version 2? Navigation 2 is set to feature an offline facility, so users will be able to pre-download maps onto a device. For example, they can then go abroad and use the system without having to worry about paying for costly roaming data charges.

It also means should you lose your connection, you won’t be lost without directions.

There are currently 350,000 users of Skobbler Lite, apparently, and if you’re one of them, best get upgrading.

The premium version of Skobbler normally costs £1.19, and Navigation 2 will likely revert to this price after the free upgrades have been implemented.

Marcus Thielking, co-founder of Skobbler, commented: “Our research tells us that while sat nav solutions are inherently useful, many consumers still become frustrated by what they believe to be inefficient route calculations, loss of signal, out of date maps and expensive map updates.”

“We’re trying to solve all of these problems with our forward thinking solution, which offers regular, free software and map updates, and a range of genuinely useful features.”

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