March 24, 2007

Sprint to Bundle Navigation Free


Sprint customers soon will have the power of a new robust GPS-enabled navigation service included at no additional charge in select Sprint data packs. Sprint Navigation powered by TeleNav will give customers the power of a full-featured GPS navigation device right on select Sprint phones, and unlimited use of Sprint Navigation will be included in the new Sprint Power Vision(SM) Navigation Pack, along with two other existing data packs. In addition, Sprint customers who subscribe to other Sprint data packs will have access to Sprint Navigation for just $2.99 per day.

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March 15, 2007

Garmin and GPSBuddy - Workforce Management


Garmin announced that Garmin Mobile XT can now be paired with GPS Buddy on virtually any GPS handset or Bluetooth wireless-enabled smartphone -- providing complete mobile resource management that is designed to enhance the productivity of a workforce. This underlines the surge into Mobile Phone and/or location based services that is happening around us now.

"Paired with GPS Buddy, Garmin Mobile XT gives companies the tools they need to ensure their business runs smoothly," said Roger Jollis, Garmin's director of OEM and mobile marketing. "And since many mobile workforces already own smartphones, incorporating Garmin Mobile XT and GPS Buddy is a cost-effective solution as well."

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March 13, 2007

Video - Verizon VZ Navigator

So, if you were wondering what navigation looks like on the Verizon VZ Navigator system, the video clip below will give you a quick idea of how things go. Obviously if you were going to do this longterm, you might invest in a dash mount for the phone, but despite the jerkiness of the video it does give you a good idea of the quality of the turn indications. The folks over at brought you this one, and I am happy that they did. You should watch for when the Police Cruiser swings by; I swear from the camera angle he almost hits the cruiser!

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March 2, 2007

Verizon VZ Navigator Review


PC Mag has a good review up on one of the more popular navigation applications for the mobile phone crowd, the Verizon VZ Navigator. As more and more mobile phones hit the market that are GPS enabled, wireless companies are hitting the market with navigation services, and according to the market insiders I talk to, mobile phone based navigation is going to hit hard in 2007.

The timely review walks through the capabilities of the system, and hits on the highlights, including the easy to use interface, the good text-to-speech capabilities and as a result of the information being stored on Verizon's computers, the POI database is robust. Many value level stand alone GPS units rely on "[low] millions" of POI, but the original databases have more than 10 million POI. With the large capacity and ability to stream the data to your phone, Verizon can offer the bigger dataset easily. The downside is that you need to keep in contact with cellular towers, which may be sparse in some rural areas.

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February 19, 2007

BIM Active Fitness Tracking on your GPS Mobile Phone

While we weren’t looking, BIM Active has updated their offering and added Verizon as a carrier and supplier of their GPS fitness tracking service. The service works like this: You download some software onto your GPS enabled phone, then you go and run your course, and come back to see what your workout was all about. You get a readout on the external screen of key data while running or biking, and when you get home, you can check your stats on the internet. It all gets recorded for you. Pretty good stuff out of the humble mobile phone.

Runner’s World is running a special promotion with BIM Active and have set up a partner website in the process. From the Runner’s World BIM site, you can easily get to information about running, training, races and equipment.

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February 14, 2007

Nokia 6110 Navigator


Nokia is on a roll with navigation and mapping, announcing the Nokia 6110 at the annual 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. They recently acquired Smart2Go and they announced that they are offering maps free for the download to their handsets that are GPS capable. The Nokia 6110 Navigator is a navigation-enabled mobile phone designed for the mass market. The Nokia 6110 Navigator brings together GPS (Global Positioning System) and AGPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) functionality with always-on mobile connectivity in a feature-rich, compact device. The Nokia 6110 Navigator is expected to begin shipping in the second quarter of 2007 with an estimated retail price of €€450 before subsidies or taxes.

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February 13, 2007

RIM Blackberry 8800


More out of The 3GSM convention in Barcelona; RIM has announced the GPS enabled Blackberry 8800 smart phone and everything else gadget. The popular gadgets have grown more and more with the recent addition being called out as a good navigator. The unit will give you turn by turn directions while connected to the network. The unit comes with a 320 x 240 TFT screen that gives a decent view of your navigation situation. The unit is also a media player, with WMA audio and MPEG-4 and WMV video capabilities.

The unit will be available in the US via Cingular.

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Motorola GPS Pod T805/T815


You can turn your Bluetooth Moto phone into a GPS navigator with Moto's new Motorola T805/T815 GPS pod, that interestingly looks a lot like the Suunto GPS Pod. The MotoNav smartphone based system allows you to turn on the GPS receiver, and plug the navigation software package that is resident on the memory card into the phone and you are good to go. The program comes with the capability to navigate you to local Points of Interest and your destinations as a stand alone GPS would.

So while the T815 has a smartphone card that you plug in and take maps with you, the T805 is designed for phones that don't have memory card capability, and they download maps on the fly. The T805 comes with a year's subscription to the map service.

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TeleNav GPS Navigator for Europe

TeleNav unveiled the European version of TeleNav GPS Navigator at the 3GSM World Congress conference in Barcelona. Mobile customers in more than 15 European countries can now receive the benefits of an in-car navigation system combined with the added convenience and portability of mobile phones. TeleNav GPS Navigator, immediately available on a variety of BlackBerry® smartphones -- including the new BlackBerry® 8800 -- includes GPS-enabled, turn-by-turn voice and on- screen driving directions, addresses and directions to business and community locations, as well as full-colour, 3D moving maps.

"Our navigation application is mobile, easy-to-use, feature-rich and less expensive than in-car systems or personal navigation devices," said Ian Tredgett, business director for TeleNav's European operations. "Through strong customer adoption, we have proven our leadership in the United States, China and Latin America. Now we are thrilled to be extending our services to mobile users in Europe as well."

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February 9, 2007

SiRF and NXP Semiconductors Collaborate on GPS-Enabled 3G Handsets

There is a rash of GPS/Mobile Phone announcements coming out right now because there is a 3GSM Mobile Phone conference running in Spain next week, as everyone is rolling out their innovations ahead of time, especially in the chip area. I have talked with several insiders recently who believe that the mobile phone GPS combination will see a surge in 2007, so we might as well start with a few chip announcements...

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SiRF announced a collaboration with NXP Semiconductors, the newly independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, to speed the development of cost-effective, location-aware 3G wireless handsets. The collaboration will provide global handset manufacturers with leading Assisted-GPS-compliant, integrated reference designs based upon NXP's Nexperia cellular system solution for 3G with SiRFstarIII A-GPS and SiRFLoc(R) technologies.

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