While in the U.S., we're actually use to turn-by-turn being provided by our carriers, in Europe it's not so expected. In that sense, it's great news to hear that Orange France has release a full-fledged, custom, turn-by-turn GPS solution for their customers.
The app looks pretty snazzy from the screenshots and it has abundant, if not the usual, features on board:
- The real-time traffic info;
- Alerts fixed and mobile radars (database Wikango);
- Service stations with fuel prices;
- Parking in the Ile de France
- Voice guided
The bad news is that it's not locally stored maps, so just like the U.S. counterparts, you have to have a data plan that can both be fast enough to download the data and allows you to have enough data so as to not get over-charged. (Europe tends to have higher data costs and less access to 3G than in the U.S.). Still, it's a nice start and something we're sure many will use. For more info, head to Professeur Thibault who has all the details.
Download Orange GPS here in the Marketplace.