Windows Phone 7 to get integrated sat-nav services?

Windows Phone 7 is set to get integrated sat-nav services in early 2011, it has been rumoured.

Rumours have emerged which state that Windows Phone 7 will be getting turn-by-turn GPS navigation as part of software update in January 2011.

It is already know that Microsoft will be pushing out an over-the-air update for Windows Phone 7 in January 2011, and that this update is going to be adding copy & paste functionality into Windows Phone 7 handsets. It is now being rumoured, through MS Nerd’s Twitter feed, that this update will also bring integrated satellite navigation to phones.

It has not been confirmed how these services will be integrated into Windows Phone 7 handsets, such as the HTC HD7, but many commentators have come to the conclusion that the likeliest scenario is for them to be rolled into Bing Maps, which is already a key feature of Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone 7 is already looking attractive, with a range of “superstar” phones from manufacturers such as HTC, Samsung and Dell, but if this rumour is correct, the OS may be set to get even more attractive in future.

Would you use sat-nav services on Windows Phone 7? Let us know using the comments box below.

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10 thoughts on “Windows Phone 7 to get integrated sat-nav services?

  1. Norman D. Robinson

    I’m soooooo ready for this possible update and the new WP7 phone itself. The Andriod and iOS is waering thin on me now. I need to get out of the box. Ready to make my purchase Nov. 8th.

  2. Jai

    It makes you wonder why Windows Phone 7 has no inbuilt turn-by-turn navigation.

    I mean, Microsoft has been working on this for two years. There was plenty of time to get the navigation services finished, as it involves building their servers more than it involves any work on the handset itself.

    Article says the handsets are looking “attractive”. I can’t see Windows Phone 7 has being attractive when it is missing so many vital features, such as Copy/Paste, true multitasking, Bluetooth file exchange, tethering to a computer… the list goes on and on, which means this platform is woefully unfinished.

  3. ssinc

    Jai, don’t you think that they just MIGHT want to keep us waiting for more? It’s not like the smartphone war ends tomorrow, man. As far as I know, it will last for the next 500 years.

    With this said, I think we can expect some really cool stuff during next year from microsoft. This is what really got me excited about WP7 –


  4. Dan

    Yes bring it on! One device that does everything I need is just what the doctor ordered.

    If it can make me a coffee when the alarm goes off too, that would be great!

  5. The Doctor

    If the WP7 Navigation is based on Bing maps I would not be able to make use of it.

    In Australia, Bing maps are hopelessly inaccurate and 2 years out-of-date.

    On WP7 I would probably use Navigon or Tomtom, if they become available on a HTC HD7.

  6. dave

    Had this rubbish windows 7 phone since it came out….have to keep my old x10 android running to make up for all the bits Microsoft missed….if there is no update in Jan to make it at least as good as android this phone will be going in bin. Can set own ring tone can’t set own background, no Sat nav, no flashplayer, no copy paste, no link to my pc desktop….smartphone….my very very xda’s had more functionality. This phone is about 5 yrs out of date when it came out….the windows 6.5 is better. How I wish my old x1 didn’t end up with tea all over it.

  7. Ulric

    I have been gagging for a Windows 7 device as I have had my Windows Mobile 6 HTC HD for 19 months!
    The lack of turn by turn sat nav has stopped me from being an early adopter as I use this functionality several times a week.
    Looked into iPhone 4 etc – but 1) not keen 2) Orange etc charging such a premium for this phone – simply not worth it.

    CAN’T WAIT for the Jan 2011 update! Come on Microsoft !!!!!

  8. dave

    Just found out that hd7 also doesn’t support mms… was wrong the phone isn’t 5 yes out of date it’s about 10yrs. Had enough will email microsoft and ditch this rubbish phone and get back to x10

  9. dave burke

    Gone back to my old windows 6.5 phone
    The windows mobile 7 operating system is rubbish
    Only use this phone now to read kindle application

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