We’re always looking for ways to help our readers cut down on their bills so they can use their global SIM cards all the time, particularly while we wait ever so patiently for those rumored Truphone bundle plans.
As many Europeans know all too well, SatNav apps are among the most expensive mobile applications in Europe. The CoPilot Live app (pictured above) has not been any different so far. It comes with $19.99 price tag for United States maps, and about €40 for the full Europe maps.
However, this is about to change. CoPilot plans to offer its offline navigation app for free on Android and iOS.
As is true for any full SetNav app, the offline CoPilot app will include millions of pre-installed Points of Interest, making it unnecessary for a data connection to be used at all. Needless to say, to those of us who want to save on our data and wish to turn the data connection off when we’re overseas will see the benefit in this. People who are outside a data network and only have GPS will benefit as well.
Keep in mind that if you want voice navigation, you’ll have to pay a one-time fee. Real-time traffic will also cost an additional yearly subscription ($9.99 USD as of this writing).
International SIM card users should look for the new free version of CoPilot on the Android Market and iOS App Store by mid-March.