New TomTom WORK

Along with the New TomTom GO 510, TomTom GO 710, and TomTom GO 910, TomTom announced a new service in London called TomTom WORK. The system is essentially a tracking system using TomTom GO GPS units in the fleet vehicles as well as a GPRS transmitter to send locatin informatin back to a central location. So, BAM, the consumer product is now fleet enabled and new big volume distribution capabilities are available.

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TomTom GO 910

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TomTom has released a new GPS navigation system, the TomTom GO 910 , a new high end model. Along with the rest of the new TomTom GO line, the TomTom Go 910 brings a new design to the party, a wider 4 inch LCD display (1/2 inch bigger than previous models), pre-installed safety camera database as well as new TomTom HOME software. It will also have the Hands Free features common on TomTom GO's so you can drive and talk on your Bluetooth phone. This TomTom HOME software package is interesting and comes with a USB dock that will allow you to easily connect the device to your computer. This should make the MP3 transfers easier - yes the MP3 transfers.

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TomTom GO 710

TomTom has released a new GPS navigation system, the TomTom Go 710. Along with the rest of the new TomTom GO line, the TomTom Go 710 brings a new design to the party, a wider 4 inch LCD display (1/2 inch bigger than previous models), pre-installed safety camera database as well as new TomTom HOME software. It will also have the Hands Free features common on TomTom GO's so you can drive and talk on your Bluetooth phone. This TomTom HOME software package is interesting and comes with a dock that will allow you to easily connect the device to your computer. This should make map transfers easier to do.

The TomTom GO 710 is going to be a Euro model.

The TomTom GO 710 should be available April 1st, but pricing isn't yet known.


For additional info on features see our coverage of the whole line of new TomTom GO's - the 510, the 710 and the 910.

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TomTom GO 510

TomTom has released a new GPS navigation system, the TomTom GO 510. Along with the rest of the new TomTom GO line, the TomTom Go 510 brings a new design to the party, a wider 4 inch LCD display (1/2 inch bigger than previous models), pre-installed safety camera database as well as new TomTom HOME software. It will also have the Hands Free features common on TomTom GO's so you can drive and talk on your Bluetooth phone. This TomTom HOME software package is interesting and comes with a dock that will allow you to easily connect the device to your computer. This should make map transfers easier to do.

The TomTom GO 510 includes a 1GB SD card with preloaded maps.

The TomTom GO 510 should be available April 1st, but pricing isn't yet known.


For additional info on features see our coverage of the whole line of new TomTom GO's - the 510, the 710 and the 910.

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February 24, 2006

TomTom finds its coffee at Dunkin’ Doughnuts

tomtomlogo2.jpgTomTom announced that it has incorporated the Dunkin’ Doughnuts franchises into its Point of Interest (POI) database for its GPS products. This means adding over 4,400 Dunkin’ Doughnut outlets and over 2,700 Baskin-Robbins outlets nationally. That’s a lot of doughnuts and ice cream outlets. So if you have a TomTom unit and go to the Plus services area of their website, you’ll be able to download the Dunkin’ Doughnut’s POI database onto your unit.

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February 14, 2006

Big Earnings Jump at TomTom

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Well, as previously reported, TomTom is doing well in the US, as they are the number two GPS brand in the mobile (automotive) segment. All that performance in the market translated into sales numbers and profits. Things are looking up for the TomTom folks who took a big gamble on the US market last year by launching an advertising campaign and getting distribution in outlets such as Best Buy.

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TomTom now #2 in US for Mobile GPS

tomtomlogo2.jpg The fourth quarter was pretty sweet on TomTom as they are reporting that they are #2 in mobile GPS sales in the US. Their share of the market is up 250% in the previous six months as the TomTom GO 300 and the TomTom GO 700 have done well in the eyes of the US shopper. TomTom now represents 25% of mobile GPS sales in the market, according to NPD, a market measurement company. The mobile GPS segment is one of the hottest segments for growth right now, as it grew 192% from 2004 holiday season to the 2005 holiday season.

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February 8, 2006

TomTom GO 700 - 2005 Engadget Award

The TomTom GO 700 has received Engadget’s Gadget of the Year award for GPS units. While readers picked Google Earth as the GPS “gadget” of the year, the staff of Engadget valued the TomTom GO 700 enough that they picked this popular unit. The TomTom GO 700 is a high end mobile device that comes pre-loaded with maps and points of interest while also equipped with Bluetooth for use as a hands free set for talking on your Bluetooth phone while in the car. It also has some nice luxury features that allow you to use the TomTom Plus services that include downloading custom voices for your turn by turn directions as well as live traffic feed updates and current weather. Last November we reviewed the TomTom GO 300 – the little brother of the TomTom GO 700, and overall we thought it was a good solid unit. (read our review) So, congratulations to Google Earth and TomTom for their Engadget Gadget of the Year award.

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February 6, 2006

TomTom Map Upgrades - Here's the story


If you have been wondering what the TomTom map upgrade policy is and when it will be happening, the TomTom blog has your answer. We reviewed the tomTom GO 300 last November, and liked using it a lot. (read our review) One of the things that I was a bit down on the TomTom GO 300 was the out of date maps. Well here you go, here's the upgrade schedule for them.


"The most recent U.S. map upgrade was released in Fall 2005; these maps are currently shipping with all new products. The next map upgrade for GO and Navigator 5 will be available Summer 2006. Currently, there are no map upgrades available. To receive notification of map upgrades please register your product online and sign-up for TomTom newsletters. Map upgrades will be available on CD-ROM or via download; this will require connecting the TomTom or your device to a PC and updating via USB cable."

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January 16, 2006

Traffic Reporting for your GPS Explained

There's a decent article in the Boston Globe this morning that talks about how traffic reporting works. It talks of how it's changing from some guy in a chopper to a pretty complex system of data reporting through roadside sensors and passive cell phone monitoring to get data uploaded to places like Traffic.com and NAVTEQ and then back out to you through XM satellite (or FM transmission) feeds. Many of the new Garmin units (StreetPilot C340, StreetPilot 2720 and 2730)as well as TomTom GO 300, GO 700, and the Cobra NavOne 4500 come with available traffic feed services. The traffic feed system is still in its infancy in my opinion, but will quickly become a must have feature for commuters in heavy traffic cities.

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