MapQuest Goes Mobile

Denver, Colorado-based MapQuest said this week at the CTIA show in Los Angeles that it has rolled out a new, mobile application that provides turn-by-turn, voice-guided directions for Sprint and Nextel phone subscribers. The firm said its new MapQuest Navigator uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to provide in-car, navigation systems for mobile phones. The move is the first for the firm,which has traditionally provided web-based mapping services. MapQuest said that the new product leverages Sprint's location-based services platforms and GPS-enabled phones. The product provides turn-by-turn directions, viewable maps, and access to a directory of local restaurants, hotels, and other points of interest. The company said that the new service will be available for a $9.99 per month fee, and leverages technology from Telmap.