November 6, 2007

TomTom ONE Carrying Case

The TomTom ONE does not come with a carrying case, but don’t let that stop you, there’s one available for you that’s pretty nice. No longer do you need to wrap it in an old T-Shirt, to carry it outside your car.

The case has some strength to it so it will hold up bouncing around a bit, but it is not a hard case, crush-proof thing. It will however keep your TomTom ONE scratch-free when you travel with it. It will fit the TomTom ONE 2nd and 3rd editions.

At TomTom ONE Case

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October 26, 2007

TomTom Sales up 21%, Profit up 36%

TomTomlogoSM.jpgTomTom released earnings this past week and things are looking good again at the GPS maker, as they beat earnings estimates. They sold 83% more units than the same period last year, and as a result, had 21% sales growth, resulting in a profit up 36% over last year. Not bad numbers, and TomTom upped their estimates for number of units sold from 8-9 million this year to 9-10 million units this year. The holiday season is only a few weeks away and has to be a test of how anyone is doing in the GPS market.

In this past quarter TomTom announced their TomTom GO 920, and the new upgraded TomTom ONE (3rd ed.) and the TomTom ONE XL-S.

TomTom’s Chief Executive Officer, Harold Goddijn said, “TomTom delivered a strong set of results this quarter with record units shipped, record profits and record cash flow in a market that continues to grow rapidly.

Following successful tests of our real time traffic solution in the Netherlands we will launch our new service in November. Discussions with mobile phone operators in other European countries are progressing and we expect to make further announcements shortly.

Ahead of the fourth quarter we have launched important new products, which have been received positively by the market. The amount of customer feedback we have received since the introduction of Map Share™ is also encouraging. We are confident that with our strong product line-up, supported by advertising campaigns and promotional activity TomTom will be able to defend its market position in Europe and to grow market share in the US.”

Meanwhile, Jocelyn Vigreux, President of TomTom USA, and , Nelson Chan CEO of Magellan were elected to the board of the Consumer Electronics Association, or CEA. The CEA is a trade group that works on behalf of the consumer electronics industry to promote and grow business. To me, having two leaders of GPS companies on the board signals the importance of the GPS category in consumer electronics.

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October 25, 2007

TomTom ONE XL-S Now Shipping!


The TomTom ONE XL-S is now shipping! The "S" version adds pre-loaded MapShare capability as well as TMC traffic (optional) skipped the text-to-speech, but a nice little up-version itself.

The TomTom ONE XL-S will include the version 7 operating system, which includes MapShare capability, Help ME! Button and a slightly improved interface.

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October 18, 2007

New TomTom TV Ad

TomTom's new ad is out, pushing their MapShare technology. Definitely underscores the benefits of their up to datedness of the maps as a result of the collaborative capabilities.

TomTom's MapShare is available on their new TomTom G0 720 - (see my review of the GO 720), the their new TomTom ONE 3rd edition as well as their just announced TomTom ONE XLS.

Via Club TomTom

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October 16, 2007



The TomTom ONE XL-S was officially announced today, the XL unit gets a bump with the addition of Text-to-Speech (TTS). On the heels of the TomTom ONE 3rd edition which added the ver. 7 operating system, MapShare and TMC traffic (optional) skipped the text-to-speech, but a nice little up-version itself. Text-to-Speech is quickly becoming the must-have feature in GPS units, with recent market entries at or below $200 with Text-to-Speech, the market pull is there.

The TomTom ONE XL-S will include the version 7 operating system, which includes MapShare capability, Help ME! Button and a slightly improved interface.

UPDATE - Available at TomTom ONE XL-S

Press Release Follows…

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September 11, 2007

Upgrade Your TomTom ONE Software! – New Operating System on TomTom One XL!


So I plugged in my TomTom ONE XL (that I bought for a Review a while ago) into my newly upgraded TomTom HOME, and it downloaded some software for the TomTom ONE XL, that has the new TomTom Operating system on it.

I now have Help ME!, and a new looking Route Overview that is similar to the TomTom ONE GO 720 interface. I also have the TomTom MapShare capabilities on the TomTom ONE XL! Big news. So my TomTom ONE XL software is now version 7.120.

I already had TomTom HOME installed on my computer, and a pop-up asked me to upgrade, which I have been putting off for a couple of weeks. Anyway, I finally did the TomTom HOME upgrade and somehow (I wasn’t really paying attention), my old model TomTom ONE XL now has the newest operating system on it. Great!

Finally, this also includes putting the Status Bar on the side of the screen which once you are used to it, I think it's an excellent layout.

Not sure if this will apply to the standard screen TomTom ONE which is selling at a $50 discount to the new TomTom ONE 3rd edition, but if you can upgrade a TomTom ONE to include MapShare and HelpMe!, it starts to make sense to buy the older version of the TomTom ONE and upgrade the software instead of buying the newer TomTom ONE 3rd edition; that is if you don’t want the TMC capability that is also available only on the newest version of the TomTom ONE.

Can anyone upgrade their TomTom ONE (standard screen) the same way?

TomTomONEXLHelpMeDetail.jpg TomTom ONE XL Screenshot with HelpMe Detail Screen.

TomTom ONE XL Screenshot with MapShare Icon

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September 5, 2007

Price Drop TomTom ONE (2nd Ed) at $199


This might just be the best value out there for a top branded GPS, I am sure it won't last.

What do you get in the TomTom ONE 2nd Edition?

A standard screen (3.5-inch) GPS that offers turn by turn directions with verbal cues, but not with Text to speech (TTS) directions where it speaks the name. The unit contains maps of the US/Canada, and has an accurate high sensitivity GPS chipset receiver.

TomTom has announced and just started selling the TomTom ONE 3rd Edition, which is $249. For the extra $50, you’ll get an updated interface that offers you the ability to get more updated maps via the MapShare program, and the Help ME! screen that allows quick access to help related to service stations, police, hospitals, etc. Finally the new TomTom ONE will accept an optional TMC receiver to get TMC Traffic updates.

Some people have asked if TomTom will push this software update to the older versions, so that you can get these software features on the older TomTom ONE units. Honestly, I have no idea, but my hope is that they will. I can't guarantee it though. One benefit would be to get the entire installed base of older TomTom ONE's onto the MapShare network, building better maps a LOT faster.


Which one to choose?
If you are on a budget, go for the $199 version. Simple enough.

The new TomTom ONE 3rd edition with MapShare is cutting edge and its importance in making high quality maps will only grow. I like the feature a lot, and if you can afford the $50, I think it will pay out in the coming years.

At Amazon....

  • TomTom ONE 2nd Ed.
  • TomTom ONE 3rd Ed.

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  • August 30, 2007

    TomTom GO 920 and GO 920T


    TomTom has announced their TomTom GO 920 and the TomTom GO 920T, the new top of the line device that offers a nice collection of features and with the GO 920T, the unit offers TMC traffic included with the unit. TomTom has clearly jumped into the TMC traffic pool, and in my conversation with Jocelyn Vigreux, President of TomTom USA this week about the TomTom 920T and the new TomTom ONE 3rd edition, he said that the TMC traffic will offer access to the same high quality traffic feeds for users who don't have access to a compatible phone that was required for access to previous traffic data through the TomTom PLUS services.

    The TomTom GO 920 and 920T will also include what’s called Enhanced Positioning Technology that will help to maintain your position when you have lost signal, in such situations as going under tunnels. Not sure if this is accelerometer technology, or not, but this capability is certainly something that is available and needed for people who do a lot of city driving.

    The GO 920 and 920T also offer a 5 hour LiIon battery, a remote control, MapShare capability to keep your maps updated, Bluetooth and Maps of USA and Europe.

    The units are expected in the fourth quarter; which is code for "Will be on the shelves for the holidays."

    More news from the press release after the jump...

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    TomTom ONE 3rd Edition

    The new TomTom ONE 3rd Edition has been announced. It combines even greater ease of use with quality navigation at a very affordable price. The New TomTom ONE 3RD EDITION, comes with TomTom’s Map Share technology, latest map guarantee and an optional RDS-TMC traffic antenna. These are the two main changes, oh, that and the new lower list price of $249 in the US. The unit will still use high sensitivity chipsets, and has some nice interface improvements like the “Help Me” button, and the ability to display current street names as well as the street you are going to turn onto.

    In talking to Jocelyn Vigreux, President of TomTom USA earlier this week about the launch of the TomTom ONE 3rd Edition, he said that putting MapShare on the TomTom ONE will grow the user base quickly. The large user base will make MapShare a more powerful platform of up to date map data due to the increasing network effect.

    “The New TomTom ONE 3RD EDITION is the answer for drivers who want a PND that is easy to use, has the latest maps and technology, and is affordable,” said Harold Goddijn, TomTom’s chief executive officer. “With this introduction, we are offering customers a new entry level navigation device of even higher quality.”

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    August 14, 2007

    Help Me! TomTom GO 720


    In what should become a standard offering on all GPS units, TomTom has hit on something that should be a comfort in an emergency with the “Help Me” button on their new TomTom GO 720 unit. The “Help Me” button does some special stuff for you, like gets lists of the closest gas stations, hospitals, police departments, and if you have the unit paired with a phone via Bluetooth, it will even allow you to call those closest help stations. If you are talking to someone and need to get them your location, the TomTom GO 720 will give specific information about your street address and your latitude and longitude if needed.

    See my first impressions on the TomTom GO 720

    ReadMore at Club TomTom

  • Complete Information on the TomTom GO 720 here at

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