Two months ago I moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand from Indonesia, that is one of the reason why I didn’t update this blog, as I am still rather busy with a lot of things (moving things, buying things, etc). I think Chiang Mai is a beautiful city. My only complaint is that I can’t read Thai characters (yet), so it is a bit difficult to drive around the city.
Three weeks ago, I bought GlobalSat BT GPS Receiver BT-308, a very cheap ($45) bluetooth GPS receiver from the Internet (because I don’t know where to buy one here). This GPS receiver doesn’t come with any maps, and only with basic software for Pocket PC.
This is a perfect companion for my car, as I can use my Nokia E61 for navigation. The software that I use is Nokia Maps, a freeware from Nokia. They provide free maps for many countries of the world, and thankfully there is one for Chiang Mai, Thailand (there was none for Indonesia). It should be noted that you will need a Windows PC to load the maps to your phone.
For a freeware, this software is very good. There are some advanced features (such as voice guided navigation) that can only be used with subscription, but I can’t test those extra features since they are not yet available on Thailand, so I can’t comment anything about it.
FYI, since this blog is quite popular, I decided to also create a freeware list for Symbian 2nd edition (since there are still many people out there who have them). You can access them here: http://tinyhack.com/freewarelist/s602nd/, you may notice that some of the entries are almost the same with the one published here (only some minor changes to explain things that only applies to the 2nd edition version), but as time goes on, most of the entries will be different.
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