first off, the update screen is not optional. When I clicked the update link, I was taken to a page that was foratted for a large screen and could not be zoomed in. A trip to verizon got me the 'update'.
the update replaced google with bing.
solution: go to the app catalog, search for maps and install BFGMaps. It uses google, but has a small ad at the bottom of the screen that can be ransomed for 99 cents.
it is not microsoft, so it's OK, I suppose.
thanks verizon for hijacking my phone.