Skobbler reports a new app for travelers: an updated version of its mapping solution, ForeverMap 2, for iOS. The update adds an international, online and offline-capable travel guide for no additional cost. With the update, ForeverMap 2 says it also becomes the first and only iOS mapping solution to include a free, global travel guide within its core set of features.
Powered by Wikitravel, ForeverMap 2 says it now delivers access to almost 90,000 English-language pages. By integrating Wikitravel info, ForeverMap 2 provides information on the most popular destinations nearest travelers—including landmarks, restaurants, shopping areas, and other points of interest. ForeverMap 2's new built-in travel guide is available with or without an Internet connection, making expensive roaming charges unnecessary. Travelers simply download the travel articles which they are interested in regardless of a WiFi or data access. This capability is completely free, the company says.
ForeverMap 2 delivers a degree of mapping and travel functionality that is noticeably absent on iOS to date, the company says. "Whereas Google Maps and Apple Maps can be used in full online, they only offer a watered down map experience offline that lacks routing and search capabilities without an Internet connection."
"Other more travel-oriented solutions such as City Maps 2Go provide offline mapping via thousands of micro, or city maps that are slow performance-wise and data heavy," ForeverMap 2 says.
The tool allows users to switch between online or optional offline map access and point of interest information, with offline functionality being unlimited. This means routing, various search capabilities and worldwide travel information are provided in full, no matter where you are or if you have access to a data connection, the company reports.
To enable offline maps, rather than download thousands of city maps that are difficult to manage and require large data packages, ForeverMap 2 says it offers downloadable continent, country and city maps, which are supported by a seamless, one-map-of-the-world interface that is convenient, easy-to-use, and fast-loading. The maps store locally and are at the travelers disposal anytime, anywhere, with full search and routing for cars, bikes and pedestrians.
ForeverMap 2 says its travel guide is unique in that other services often charge for any added insights regarding point of interest information for travelers. "ForeverMap 2 is one of the only services today to offer such valuable functionality within an iOS mapping service and is the only one to do so for free," the firm says.
ForeverMap 2 is available for a one-time purchase of $2.99 via the iTunes App Store, the company says. To mark the launch of the travel guide, skobbler says it will make ForeverMap 2 available for free for a limited time. All in-app map downloads, including Wikitravel features, come at no additional cost. Users will also receive frequent updates for free. No subscription required. To download ForeverMap 2 for iOS, visit: http://bit.ly/11z10Kp.