Berlin based skobbler has teamed with the OpenStreetMap communities to offer a new UK and Ireland focused Sat Nav service free via the Apple iTunes App Store. The company hopes to make expensive Sat Nav and costly, out of date map updates a thing of the past with the launch of the service.

Skobbler navigation hit the number one spot in the US navigation app charts last week and has been the best-selling navigation app in Germany for more than six months. The UK/Ireland compatible Sat Nav comes in two versions, a free Lite version and paid version, which adds speedcam warnings.

"Skobbler is free because it uses the revolutionary OpenStreetMap (OSM) mapping system. OSM is an open source mapping system that was created by over 255,000 consumers (and growing), often referred to as the Wikipedia of maps," notes the company.

"The Wikipedia-like setup of OpenStreetMap allows you to improve the map yourself. When you recognise an error on the map, you can directly report it from the Skobbler app for correction to the OpenStreetMap community. If you want, you can even edit the map yourself with one of the popular OpenStreetMap web editors."

Compatible with iPhone 3G and 3GS, skobbler UK/Ireland Lite is available from the Apple iTunes App Store and requires the 3.0 Software Update or later. Skobbler UK/Ireland Navigation - including speedcam warnings - costs £1.19.