One of the really useful features in Windows Phone 8 is the ability to use maps offline. I recently had the opportunity to road-test this feature in a trip to Lisbon in Portugal. It works like this:
It works fantastically and was incredibly useful. It even worked fine in the tiny streets in the old quarter of the city and meant we could find our way around easily without worrying about running up data bills.
Setting it up is simple: Go to Settings, then swipe across to Applications, then select Maps, then "download maps".
Press the “+” option, choose the area of the world you’re visiting, and then the country, and it kicks off the download.
And that’s it. When you visit the country you’ll find that maps work and GPS is able to locate you as you move about.