September 6, 2005

GPS NEWS: Hey what's in your Phone - Garmin Mobile?

Garmin is moving into the phone market by providing the service that helps you navigate with your GPS enabled phone. They are doing this through Sprint PCS Vision phones (for now) with 3 Sanyo phones. The service is an easy to use software application that lets compatible mobile phones (in the US) funciton as GPS navigation devices. Want to go to restaurants, addresses, ATM's? Bring up the Point of Interest, get directions and be able to directly dial the phone number of that restaurant to make reservations.

The service is $9.99/ month, which gives you voice prompted turn by turn directions with moving maps, and access to 6 million points of interest (food, gas stations, airports, etc). They appear ot be offering a Garmin mobile Lite version coming soon. The technology relies on Navteq maps.

This will be interesting as people new to GPS are going to figure out that a small screen that is only backlit for 30 seconds at a time is too hard to see while driving 40 MPH down the road. The voice commands will be important, and right on the Garmin site, they offer windshield mounted holders for the mobile phones so that the phones can still get GPS reception while driving...... It's a wide open world for how GPS can help us. It's not just for Geocaching anymore.

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Posted by Scott Martin at September 6, 2005 6:18 PM

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