Seems the entire idea of paying for the service had prevented people from using it prior to the pricing change. This is evidenced in the huge number of downloads the software has seen in the first two weeks it has been available. With the software being downloaded 1 million times in one week and 1.4 million times so far, it's clear that there's a healthy appetite for mapping and navigation software and services.
What makes these numbers even more impressive is that the software is currently only compatible with about a dozen handsets, including the N97, N97 mini, 5800 XpressMusic, 5800 Navigation Edition, E52, E55, E72, 5230, 6710 Navigator, 6730 classic and Nokia X6.
Nokia says that starting in March, all of its GPS-equipped phones will ship with the free version of Ovi Maps. Nokia also plans to make the software compatible with most of its extensive list of phones already in the market.