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Wrapping Up Mapping

There's a lot to choose from in our little mapping survey. Many more products are available, but these are the strongest. In the time it takes you to fold up your map and hit the road, you can look over the following little chart to remind you of what's online at the three free sites we visited. Happy trails!

Service

MapQuest

MSN Maps & Directions

Yahoo! Maps

URL

http://www.mapquest.com/

http://www.maps.msn.com/

http://maps.yahoo.com

Email

No

Free email account

Free email account

Real-time traffic

$2.99 per month for select Verizon wireless

Scroll below map to see list of pass conditions, road closures, and incidents, with expected clearing times; click to see locations on the map

SmartView traffic info applies to map at hand; real-time color-coded traffic speeds, but may cover only a small area on small map

Listings

Airports, hotels, restaurants, post offices, hospitals, movie theaters, stadiums and athletic fields, schools, more

City guides, local news, auto, entertainment, homes and apartments, jobs, weather, restaurants, visitors' guide, shopping, more

Food and dining, recreation and entertainment, community services, shopping, travel and transportation, financial and ATMs, more

WiFi hotspots

No

No

Yes

Download to PDA

Yes

No

No

Fees?

MapQuest Mobile, send to phone, about $4 per month

No

Driving directions sent to phone

Email map?

Sent map

Buggy

Sent map; offered option of text only

Free for business and commercial use?

Yes

Yes

Personal use only

Gas prices

No

Yes

No

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