Navigating to Nowhere on the iPhone

Steve Jobs undercut what was a promising business move for Mexens Technologies, a New York firm that introduced a navigation software program for the iPhone nine days ago. The company’s Navizon software uses signals from WiFi and cellular to determine the phone’s location, simulating what a Global Positioning System would do.Since then, the free trial version of the iPhone software has been downloaded 80,000 times, said Cyril Houri, Mexens’s chief executive.Now, customers who upgrade to the latest version of Apple’s iPhone firmware find that Navizon, and other non-Apple applications, simply won’t work any more, Mr. Houri said.He has found that phones with third party applications have not been disabled, unless they have also been unlocked to work on cellular carriers other than AT&T.

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