Reminder: gMaps Pro free on Friday

gMaps Pro for Windows Phone

While gMaps Pro vanished from the Marketplace a few weeks ago, it's back but with a slight snag. After dealing with copyright issues and re-branding/updating things, the app was restored to the Windows Phone Marketplace as a new submission. This basically means that if you had previously purchased gMaps Pro, you won't be eligible for any future updates without re-purchasing the app.

To ease the pain of the situation and to celebrate the Marketplace reaching 100,000 apps Alexey Strakh, gMaps Pro's developer, will be offering gMaps Pro (regularly $1.99) as a free app for tomorrow (Friday, June 8th) only.

We have to tip our hat to Alexey for trying to make the best of a not-so-good situation. For those who purchased gMaps Pro before it was removed, nows your chance to get the current version.  This will enable you to stay current with all the updates as they become available without the need to re-purchase the app. Everyone else... you get a heck of a deal on a nice mapping app.

You can find gMaps Pro here at the Windows Phone Marketplace. We aren't sure when the pricing change will kick in so if you don't see it right away on Friday, check back later.

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Reminder: gMaps Pro free on Friday



I don't know if this has been pointed out yet, but since I have access to Microsoft ExpertZone I thought I should point this out; as currently they are running a sweepstake on when the WP7 Marketplace will hit 100,000 apps and everyone has said June 5th so this is their response: 
[Please note: Some of you have mentioned a June 5 blog post saying we've already hit 100,000 apps. However, this number includes apps that are no longer available. Microsoft's official count includes only those apps available today, and that's the count we'll use to judge this contest. As of June 5, that count was around 92,000.]

Features that gMaps has that the Bing Maps doesn't:
Cycling directions, Public Transport directions, Terrain view, Hybrid view, Water overlay view, Public Transport map overlay, Traffic overlay, Weather overlay, Cycling Paths overlay, Compass overlay, Google Latitude

I believe Traffic and possibly Public Transport is available in the US on Bing Maps.

To clarify I use:
Cycling directions, Cycling Paths overlay, Public Transport directions, Public Transport map overlay, Traffic overlay, Compass overlay

I don't use:

Terrain view, Hybrid view, Water overlay view, Weather overlay, Google Latitude

Some of those features, such as Traffic and Hybrid, are in the built in maps, and not just in the US.  The more detailed traffic actually started showing up on my maps the day they announced it.

What country are you in? I've only heard of US & Canada getting those extra features. No changes for me in Australia. Not surprising as we still don't have all the Bing Vision features unlocked.

Stop the hate and use the thing if you want. If you don't want, don't hate unnecessarily. I'm sure most of you use google maps on your PCs.

Bing and Bing maps are not as great as Google's offering in Canada. I use both (Bing on WP7 mainly and Google on the PC) but Bing just hasn't lived up to the standard. The search is just not that great for me personally and the maps are a little behind Google's offering. That's not to say that they are bad, it's just that they don't work as well as Google's. 

Places. Bing and Nokia maps maybe only have about 10% of the poi that google maps has. It's very annoying if u search for a poi in Europe and Bing immediately jumps to north America....

Public transport, traffic, weather, street view, google latitude, bike paths and directions etc. (Some US & Canadian peeps may have Traffic)

For me it's over half way through Friday (2pm) and still not free. It's difficult having a 1 day sale due to different timezones and the amount of time it takes to propagate price changes.

It's nearly 3PM in Europe and I'm pretty sure it's Friday all over the world at this point...still 2€

Quick question - does anyone know if this app has Transit directions?
That's the only thing Google Maps has in Canada that Bing Maps doesn't have.

I use Bing maps actually, ever since I started with windows phone.

but free is free, and its bragging rights to say one has gmaps on their wp as well.

I use Bing maps all the time when I need to find where I'm working next and it works great. But free is free and most of us can't help it=)

Bing maps are garbage no matter what the M$ fanboys might tell you. Some of you are simply pathetic, hating Google for no particular reason. WP7 is good but it could defintely use good apps and services to make it better.

Yeah, I am a troll, is that why I am using a Samsung Focus posting on a Windows Phone forum ? So anybody disagreeing with you is automatically considered a troll ?

I m still asking why gmaps changed his appid and not simply the name, if there really were google copyrights problems...
If u change the appid, users have to rebuy the app, as happened !! In my opinion google did not asked anything, it simply was a the developer publishing mistake (I hope...), he now wants to compensate this error setting his app free.
Hope the author can explain here ;)

It's already been explained in the WPC article that came out few days ago, and you can find further details on the developer blog... It's actually MS fault and not his. They deleted his app due to the copyright complaint and he had to resubmit it as a new app.

Can the developer directly make these changes ? Like whether or not the app has to be free , and changes reflect in marketplace right away ?
He has to submit the changes to MS and it takes some time to be effective?

If the case is former , WAKE UP DUDE !!

Not yet free in NYC lol. I don't really need it now since I have Nokia maps but I did pay for it the first time around and I need some sort of compensation

Thank you all for telling us every 10 minutes or so that the app is not yet free -_-
Price changes have to propagate to all markets and may take a while. Depending on Microsofts mood, this can happen in the course of a few hours or a few days. In the case of the luqid daffodil freebie a few days back, it took MS almost 48hours to propagate the price changes.
So: Patience is A Virtue

That's all nice and dandy, however the freebie period is 24 hours here if I read it correctly. Do you see the problem already or do you need a clue bat?

Would those "people" include you too? :-) but yes, I do see both sides! And btw......its still not free where I am! stayed tuned for more updates in 10 minutes...

For me it will be Saturday in 4 hours... hopefully the change from free (whenever it comes through) back to paid will also take some time. 

Does gMaps Pro integrate with the calendar and offer me a "Get directions in gMaps Pro" or does it give me directions to my next appointment, or what is it that a mapping app needs access to my appointments for?

Still not free in Philippines...Bing/nokia maps here in my city sucks, street name and layers are all messed up, so I prefer google for this matter

My Nokia drive works better then garmain nuvi.. But if I get the gmap pro free I will be able to use it in Japan in 2 weeks time.

I don't know what is more ridiculous. The people posting here that it isn't free yet. Or those people actually rating it with one star because it is not free yet...

I would imagine it's the same people, really. So they are being ridiculous twice. If I were a developer, I would think twice about doing something like this again. People are forgetting that he is giving away his paid app for free and now seem to think it is their right to have it...

You mean the people who dont ALREADY have it need to remember this - the ones that do and would otherwise have to buy it AGAIN don't! Its the least he can do - im not paying him twice! Have u seen the gas prices in California?

i'm reporting that is not free on my country. Is that acting like an idiot to you? If so, well, we have different points of view =). 

MS deserves the 1 star rating.. the way they run the market is sad. They come late to the game and they cant even do it right.. How can a developer run promotions like this. BS!

Hey - marketing/advertising is part of the product and who says that the star sysyem is to be used strictly for rating the level of performance satisfaction? Why wouldn't it include the WHOLE PACKAGE from advertising to performance?

Now this is a pointless debate...lol if you are happy with Bing maps or Nokia maps...well be..it is your free choice...but remember that for example here in Slovakia Bing maps are no use to people and they got a lot of issues with them and not everyone has got a Nokia with their maps to cover their needs so this is a good option for them and since its free, well even more better...and omg its only 2 euros or dollars or whatever if you want that app and you wanna support the man behind this all trouble of bringing them to WP then just be patient or quit crying and buy them...

Guys don't blame this apps developer by giving it a low rating....its a really gud app....so to whom we can blame for this whole thing its MS market place support ppl or MS itself.....bcoz they r responsible for this delay

The point is this app has been advertised as being free for 1 day (Friday. 24hrs )
If this is the case then it should be free on the day in each time zone at not when they feel like it.
It may only be $2 but alot of people have already paid for this before it was pulled, and the reason it is free so those already paid won't have to pay again.

There is noone to blame cauze there are some how to put this...lets say standards how are things done.If it says that it will be free it will be free.Its not so easy to say yay bling and now its for free...its like you dont understand how things work and how things are in such a big companies as MS...

Then if they are not capable of delivering it as advertised, they should not advertise.
Hey petrol free for one day, fill tank oooops that'll be £75 Please........

Reading and scrolling through so many comments here. I thought I'd offer a suggestion to the next update to the WPCentral App. If it's possible to add a clickable link that says scroll to bottom of comments so you can see the last one and not have to scroll through sometimes 80+ comments. That would be appreciated. Also I'll get this app when it is free, they said it would be just be patient. It always takes time to go through didn't anyone pay attentions to what happened with I'm an WP Extras.. It just takes a little bit just keep checking the download link here not posting numerous comments.

Please read the last line again. As per George Ponder Quote; We aren't sure when the pricing change will kick in so if you don't see it right away on Friday, check back later; Unquote.

it's sad to see the most comments on this than any other article. But it should give the developer some joy to see how many people want this app again. Like I said before just check the download link that's all. I'll wait.. You have to remember it takes awhile for it to go through.

A bit more than 7 hours left in Germany. Not available for free yet. Will this be available for free for 24h no matter when they start?

Omg! U again! As I said to your first "ha ha gotcha" - u need to be shot for doin this! Can't u see the potential MS riot lingering in the cyber air....id think twice before doing this a third time my friend! =]

Haha all these comments for 2 dollars. I don't want it anymore. I'll stick to nokia maps even if it's not as great as gmaps in Tunisia :S

The comments here are sickening.....  These Devs work very hard on this app and really listen to their users.  The app hub can be painfully slow at times. These guys are NOT jerking your legs.  I paid for this app with it's previous version for latitude support and it's been a great app. Please have some patients.

Patience. And the hard working devs decided to offer if for free today. Its noon on the East coast and pricing has not changed yet. Those are the facts.

I think all of you are forgetting that it could be based on a certain time zone, it's 5:40pm GMT right now, but that's still only 9:40/10:40am in PST/PDT. The devs have said it'll be free today and I'm sure they're sticking by that, so just have some patience instead of being ungrateful sods who expect to get everything for free.

Funny how people feel entitled to free apps that they would normally pay for just cos the app devs are being nice (except those that paid for it initially). If you think it's worth it and can't wait then pay for it.

They did this with ConnectMe reduced from $5.99 to $.99. And that took awhile to go through. (and i still don't know how to use it, I wanted to support the developer. Since the same thing happened to them.) Don't complain, when it's free it's free. Be happy you at least know about it. And if you miss it now it's your fault.

Gonna need to post another reminder, like with the gleek app. So nobody forgets after it takes forever to appear.