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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

238 Comments
  • 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.]
  • So people shut up now.. No more comments! ITS FREE NOW, in US.
  • Isn't this app using Google? Ehhh!
  • Nokia maps is excellent , no need for google maps
  • ONLY if you have a Nokia phone or if you are fine with the limited functionality of Bing Maps.
  • Who needs this when the built in functionality is just as good if not better? Oh well at least it'll be free.
  • Because the built-in maps don't have even half of the features!
  • Don't think so
  • Yes, well I know so :P
  • 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.
  • Who cares about even half that stuff
  • A huge amount of people!
  • 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.
  • Not in China yet, I still only have major highways and nothing else on my built-in maps.
  • I have absolutely no use for gmaps but I am addicted to downloading the free stuff
  • +1 ;)
  • LOL! Free stuff sound good to me.
  • Free stuff - yay!
  • Ditto
  • Haha :):):)
  • 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.
  • Nope, Bing maps and Nokia maps for me.
  • No, actually, I have not used any google services in years, and why should I?
  • No, don't use any Google product. But there sure are a lot who do.
  • What does this have that Bing Maps doesn't? I'm just wondering.
  • StreetView.
  • in other countries, Bing Maps isn't as good as google maps. you can only see national road, i.e. vietnam ... =.=
  • 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)
  • Bing has traffic and some street view.
  • *in the US
  • Its not free as yet..!
  • Because it's going to be free Friday....
  • 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.
  • Yep! Well it does for me in Australia, and not in Bing Maps
  • 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 map is good, but the app black out after a period of idling. Annoying!
  • 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.
  • Don't troll... Idiot
  • Anyone who puts a $ sign in MS or any other company is the ignorant pathetic idiot. Grow up.
  • 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 ?
  • It's the way you deliver your msg that annoys me. I use a lot of googleservices and appreciate them.
  • Crap... Paid for it yesterday
  • Its Friday and its NOT free yet!!
  • 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.
  • Original article: http://www.wpcentral.com/gmaps-pro-returns-marketplace
    Post from developer: https://www.facebook.com/gMapsWP7/posts/247749548667049
  • Its not free :( lol
  • Still not free in uk
  • Just for capitalization's sake. It's "Now's". Just sayin'.
  • You wouldn't capitalise after a comma... But it was missing the apostrophe
  • Still not free in Singapore...
  • Still not free in Malaysia
  • We have been had, it is still not free yet, wtf ? Hoax for free advertisement ?
  • Not free yet in Malawi, & this is about noon.
  • Still not free in Sweden either.
  • Every time I try to check directions, it takes me to the google browser page...help
  • Almost end of Friday here O_O
  • 6:00am New England time the app is still not free. None the less the app looks very good.
  • Yeah, direction doesnt work over here too... Still not free, trying the trial version.
  • Not free in USA yet!
  • just checked and seems to not be free
  • 7:00am New England time...still not free
  • Still not free in uk@12.05
  • Not free yet in Ireland.
  • Can the developer directly make these changes ? Like whether or not the app has to be free , and changes reflect in marketplace right away ?
    or
    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 INDIA to............
     
  • 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
  • Not free yet, what is taking you sooooo long ?
  • Please inform me when it will available...
     
  • Still waiting...not free yet grrrr (NYC)
  • 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?
  • Price changes need time to propagate both ways, so... Yeah give me that clue bat so I can hit people.
  • 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...
  • Still not free...
  • Guys plz update in this thread...
  • Man...people need to learn PATIENCE
  • Not free?
  • But it says free only on Friday....
  • 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. 
  • Its free now......
    No just kidding lol still not free :)
  • U should be shot! :-P
  • Not free yet here in the usa
  • Not free in Tunisia and it's 13:26 !!!! The day will be soon over lol
  • Still not free here in Indiana in the USA
  • USA is a free country, but the app isn't!
  • Bazinga.
    Seriously, its not free yet on central time
  • Love it!
  • 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?
  • I'm suprised no one has mentioned it's no free yet.
  • can you check again?
  • Omg! What! Its not free?
  • Still not free in UK.
    Has anyone already mentioned that. ;)
  • 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
  • I think no one mentionned it was not free in Canada, had to sayt it :D
  • not free in spain also xD
  • Not free in the US ...
  • Almost 14.30 in the UK and the app is still listed as £1.49
  • 11:28pm here :]
  • 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.
  • When does this become free again?
  • It's 9:36 and it's not free yet :-P
  • 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?
  • light up grumpy old zacman, its friday
  • so, "It's friday" is now an excuse for acting like an idiot?
  • 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 =). 
  • this, and giving the app a 1 star review on the marketplace because it's not free...
  • i give you that one, that is indeed stupid ^^
  • 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?
  • Reporting from an all new country where it's not free yet... Cyprus !:D
  • Girls, girls, stop fighting...
  • YOU NEVER BREAK UP A GIRL FIGHT! EVER!   - B. Stinson
  • You sir, made my day. :)
  • EVER EVER!
  • Still not free in Vietnam.
  • O no only like 19 hours left in the day, what shall I do
  • 1.5 for me :P
  • Sit and stare at WP Central until u read someone type that it IS free! Just a thought ;-)
  • 4½ hours in India.
  • 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.
  • Blame MS not the developer
  • 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...
  • How about yay abracadabra its free?
  • 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........
  • Still not free yet... Hoax for free advertisement ?
  • Blame MS...do you know what caused the delay ?? If you are blaming someone then you should at least know who is responsible for it....
  • 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.
  • Im in with that scroll down suggestion :-D
  • Great suggestion!
  • Suggestion heard and in the plans for next version
  • How about a reply alert.
  • Ahhh.....words from the wise....
  • Not free yet in northwest indiana
  • 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.
  • Not free in Canada ... :S
  • 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?
  • Not free, east coast usa
  • Also not free in The Netherlands yet. 5PM now... April fools? Ow wait... :S
  • This is a trick. I'm pretty sure it's Friday everywhere! Even in Hawaii.
  • Finally, its free....
  • look at your faces! lol
  • 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! =]
  • What are you talking about, it's still paid...
  • Dude, stop joking around...
  • Switzerland has still to pay
  • 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
  • Breaking:  Still not free in California
  • Not free in Redmond Wa. 9 am
  • The app is free tomorrow.
  • Not free in North Korea, but neither are the people!
     
  • North Korea is best Korea!
  • North Korea...how do you use the WP?
  • Not free in Narnia either. Figured we'd at least get it free first. :(
  • Same way in Oz & Neverland too!
  • 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.
  • STILL not free in UK! Just wasted 10 mind of my life reading all the comments.
  • But u must admit, those 10 wasted minutes were somewhat amusing?
  • not free in UK yet
  • 12:30 US East Coast and no change.
  • Still not free USA
  • 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.
  • Not free, and it is Friday. :-(
  • 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.
  • 1:00 pm and not free yet. Am I missing something?
  • YEP! all the 5 billion comments announcing that its STILL not free! Feel enlightened now? Lol
  • I'm in the US and just got it for free!
     
    Kidding! :)
  • You disgust me...screw you guys...Im buying it...i wanna support a good thing...
  • Not free here on Mars
  • How's the weather there?
  • 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.
  • hehe, did the same, i have connect me and dont know the first thing about that app 
  • 1:30pm est. Still not free
  • Hoax?
  • No option yet to download without having to pay again for this Nice app. Annoying.
  • Gratis......no ! Is this a publicity stunt ?
  • Gonna need to post another reminder, like with the gleek app. So nobody forgets after it takes forever to appear.
  • Around My Way Freedom Anit Free and Google Maps is still 200 Pennies! :|
  • Actually, only 199!
  • free 1:55PM EST
  • NOW it's free - I just refreshed the windowsphone.com link.   Go get 'em, folks :)
  • Free uk
  • I keep looking from the MARKETPLACE app and it's not free - what up?
  • Now you may download it in India... Free
  • Still not free in Antarctica. The cold makes the server sluggish...
  • Free in India just downloaded it.
  • Free in NYC as of now. All you whiny, entitled brats can now have at it. :-P
  • Free in Dallas, Texas
  • Lets see how many comments we get reporting that IT'S FREE, tally it up and compare to the ITS STILL NOT FREE comments!
  • Yay! Its free! But I dont think i want it anymore! Lmao (jk)
  • Finally its FREE. Take your time. Grab your #gMaps Pro instance #wp7
  • Got me some gmaps pro
  • Finally free in Malawi. It's been a hustle man
  • Ok got it
    Why does directions not work? Its greyed out
  • Build a route first
  • Free in Denver!
  • Free in the UK
  • Free in Newark
  • Finally ! !
    For those of you who wonder why: 
    I spent 4+ hrs driving this AM in "new to me" neighborhoods and snakepit highways with only the nokia / bing default maps.  It was awful.  Phone (post "blue" update) kept losing data connection, & would not reliably pick up or sync with the GPS signal.  Then recentered on nearby cell towers, not using GPS data.  (Cold restart did not help.) And, despite being on the car charger the whole time, the battery dropped continually from 100 to 38%.  As the power dropped, the charge / discharge fluxuated and the phone went repeatedly into power saving mode.  Overall awfull.
    (Note, my N L 900 gets flakey when the charge drops much below 3.8 volts, ~55% charge.)
    Now, with gMaps, I am reminded how much I prefer the google maps.  Yes, it is a matter of personal choice, tainted by a few years of google maps on the Tilt & Tilt 2. 
    After a couple days I'll let you know whether the nokia / bing map problems were phone / update related, or whether the newly restored gMaps really works.
    So, try them both & use whichever you prefer.
    (BTW, I see no reason to use a paid version.  All the features I need seem to work OK to well on either of these, even spoken directions over the car radio . . .)
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • 3pm EST. Downloading now.
  • Live US east coast now
  • Free in Ontario, Canada!
  • Free in Malaysia
  • It just got free as of right now....so go get it!!!!!
  • freedom!!!!!
  • Free in Uk:)
  • Patience paid off,...it's free!!! Thanks again!!!
  • Free in Australia... Only took until 4am on Saturday :P
  • Got it free in the US, Antarctica, and the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon. Wheee!
  • Free in Turkey !
  • Free!!!
  • Free Tunisia :)
  • Everyone
    Seriously
    Try Bubble
    Miles better app
  • Dafuq?
  • Got it, its now free here in the Philippines, got it around 4am...
  • Still not free here in Japan!
  • Free in Singapore... Downloading now
  • Bing maps is way better
  • Then use Bing map and dont post, how hard is that ?
  • Free in Singapore... Great job Microsoft.. Gmap pro will only be useful in Japan as my Nokia drive do not have Japan..
  • Finally got it for free, bing map is pure garbage outside of US and Europe. Apple is an insolent to think that they can do well without Google map. Google map is still the best for international travellers.
  • Free in Saudi Arabia.. :D
  • Bingle maps seems better for now in UK. Maybe it'll improve with updates......
  • Thanks, free in France, gmaps pro is a nice well programmed Application. Great i'm now back in the loop for new updates.
  • It was not free in Czech Republic. Been checking whole Friday, now it's Saturday afternoon. I am patient person, but this time the patience just didn't help.