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I suggest using Google Mobile maps, since Nokia is slow. http://www.google.com/mobile/default/maps.html The downside is that it downloads the maps as it is explored, so be sure to be connected to a WiFi network, instead of GPRS/EDGE/HSPA data transfer, because the roaming fees for mobile data abroad can become quite expensive quite fast.
Let me bump this thread.
Ovi map for Japan is still totally useless. This is a weak side of Ovi Maps against Garmin or Google Maps. As craig_fryer said, in Japan, Google Maps is not economic for those who don't live in Japan because of their expensive GPRS service fee. (while locals can use cheap HSDPA services.) Thus, if Ovi Maps has a detailed map for Japan, it can be one of superior features over other map services.
Unfortunately, it looks like neither of TeleAtlas or Navteq has a detailed map for Japan. For example, Google Maps uses one from Zenrin.
Hi everyone, i am new here and looking for a phone with GPS abilities that can handle an onboard GPS navigation with
maps of Japan, especially majors cities like Tokyo and Kyoto.
I am desapointed to learn that, due to inconsistents maps, the N97 is not a good choice for this kind of use.
Does anyone know of a solution to this matter : GPS onboard navigation in Japan ? ? ?
13-12-2009 23:55 - edited 14-12-2009 0:00
Ok here is a new option. I found this company offering USB modem rental http://www.japanmobilerental.com/USB_Modems.html
at quite reasonable rates. Now you should be able to take the sim out of the modem and use in most handsets like the Nokia N97. I have not done this yet, so I cannot confirm this. I have done it with similar sim in Australia so hopefully it should work.
I intend to try it out in April next year.
You will need to make sure your handset is not locked.
Given this you should be able to use Google Mobile maps.