Nokia launches fleet of free taxis

As you’ll know if you were reading this website back in January Nokia’s Ovi Maps service now comes free of charge, and to celebrate that thrifty fact

As you’ll know if you were reading this website back in January Nokia’s Ovi Maps service now comes free of charge, and to celebrate that thrifty fact the firm has commissioned a fleet of free black cabs to patrol four of the UK’s major cities.

From today (26 May) and running for a week, if you spot a Nokia Ovi Maps branded taxi and flag it down it’ll take you on your journey for nothing. Nice.

Inside each cab you’ll find a Nokia X6 handset loaded with Ovi Maps software to try out – the idea being you can check your progress rather than have to listen to the usual enlightened political banter from the cabbie.

Nokia is also running a Twitter-based competition for the same week. From 9am today, just tweet the hashtag #NokiaFreeSatNav for a chance to win a 16GB Nokia X6 phone. There are five being given away every day.