Get Free Turn-by-Turn Navigation on Your Windows Mobile Phone

Last Updated May 13, 2010 10:32 AM EDT

Windows Mobile may be the red-headed stepchild of the phone world, but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from giving it some love. In addition to an overhauled home page, the newly updated Bing for Windows Mobile now offers turn-by-turn navigation.

Although this doesn't qualify as traditional GPS navigation, it does come close to what Google added to Android last year. And did I mention it's free?

In a nutshell, when you use the Bing app to get driving directions, you'll see a new Navigate button. Tap it and you'll get real-time, voice-powered guidance as you drive (of the "turn left ahead" variety). Navigation options include shortest/fastest route, traffic/toll avoidance, and a visual or text-based list of directions.

Bing navigation is available on various Windows 6.x-powered HTC, Motorola, and Samsung phones from AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile (a complete list is available here).

So this gets us wondering: how many Windows Mobile users are still out there? Quite a few, I'm guessing, despite the seeming ubiquity of Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone these days. If you're one of them, raise your hand in the comments! [via Erictric]

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