I hope they (VZW) see the light at some point...fingers crossed. Though the Freedom 2000 is so small that I carry it on my keychain, so I don't really notice that I'm not using the phone's GPS.
I had a chance to give the Mapquest a spin tonight...my very patient family let me mapquest us to and from dinner. It was great, just great.
Took us via the route we actually like to use, not the obvious way, but the best way and mapquest picked it. We went off the route a couple of times and it very quickly re-routed us accurately and smoothly.
The only problems we had were that it couldn't find the restaurant by name, I had to navigate to a theater nearby on the way there, and then set a GPS point and match that to an address (nice feature!) that we mapped back from.
One thing I haven't found...is there a way to get Mapquest to display a list of the directions? I couldn't find that.
I love the night mode, where it turns all the colors to dark, so you aren't blinded by the display but can still see everything clearly.
If the pay version is like this it's defintely worth the $5 a month if you have a need for GPS regularly! I (unfortunately?)
don't need GPS very often...so I'll be subjecting my family to using for going to and from the local sites for the most part. ;)