Nokia Map Loader is a software program for the Windows and Macintosh operating system that has been designed by Nokia.
The application can download maps for the Nokia Maps service directly to the cell phone. This can for used for exmaple to download maps of cities or regions before traveling there.
The other available option would be to download the maps directly to the cell phone without preloading them on a computer system first. The first option is obviously the less expensive and faster one as downloads directly to the cell phone are usually quite expensive and slower.
Nokia Map Loader can be used to download selected maps directly to the cell phone using a computer's Internet connection. The maps come in different sizes ranging from a few Megabytes to 20 and more Megabytes. The size of all maps offered exceeds 3 Gigabytes which would cost a fortune when downloaded over the air directly (update: in 2009, the situation is different in 2017).
Some users had problems using the Nokia Map Loader application. They did experienced interrupted downloads and criticized that they could not delete single maps once they were downloaded to the cell phone. That's where the direct download links to all Nokia Maps come in handy. The download links point directly to the files on the Nokia servers and can be downloaded with download managers or directly in the web browser. The page does contain instructions on how to add these maps to the Nokia cell phone as well.
Update: The third party program to download Nokia maps to the local system without Nokia Map Loader is no longer available. There does not seem to be a free alternative available at this time. The only option for users is to use the official Nokia Map Loader application linked above to download maps to their computer that they can then transfer to their Nokia pone.
Please note that Nokia does not host the download of Nokia Map Loader anymore. We have uploaded the latest version of the application to our own server. We have done so for archiving purposes only, and don't support the program in any way. You can download the latest version of the Windows program with a click on the following link: Nokia Map Loader
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