November 17, 2005

TomTom GO Update available - Ver 5.42

Hey so TomTom has posted an update for their older model the TomTom GO automotive GPS. This updates does several things for the user:
Other improvements/fixes in v5.420 are:

* Traffic trial easier to set-up.
* TomTom Traffic is automatically enabled after set-up.
* Compatible with more mobile phones.
* CDMA is now also supported for connecting to TomTom PLUS (for US Networks).
* Streets with the same name in towns that are close together are not confused in this version.
* The quality of the sound has been optimized when using hands-free calling (GO 500 for Europe and 700).
* Entries in the on your mobile phone are now transferred to the device, no matter where they are stored.

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November 16, 2005

Customize Splash Screen on your TomTom GO 300 or TomTom GO 700

The folks at TomTom have laid out how to change the splash screen on the TomTom GO 300 and TomTom GO 700 so you can check out your own picture on start up and shut down. This involved swapping out the splash.bmp file in the GPS unit. I saw this file and toyed with the very same idea when I was writing a review on the TomTom GO 300 here at the GPS Lodge (read the review), but thought that I'd better not as it was a loaner unit and I didn't want to sent it back with a picture us here at the GPS Lodge on the thing!

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November 10, 2005

Review: TomTom GO 300 GPS Review at the GPS Lodge

Over the last week or so, we have been using the TomTom GO 300to navigate around Boston and the bottom line is that we really like it a lot for its good looking design and its sound navigation as well as having a certain personality for being happy-go-lucky. The price point on the TomTom GO 300 puts it in the mid-tier for automotive GPS sat-nav devices, with a good dose of nice features like pre-loaded maps, a nice big touchscreen, the ability to save itineraries, and complex route planning. A big plus for the TomTom GO 300 is that it can use your Bluetooth phone to connect and get weather and traffic updates too.

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November 1, 2005

TomTom GO 300 Arrives for Review at GPS Lodge

A TomTom GO 300 stopped by today for us to check out, and over the coming weeks, we plan to put it through the paces on the roads here around Boston. With my commute, I can't wait to try out the traffic alerts and re-routing options. The TomTom GO 300 comes packed with features in this mid-tier automotive GPS receiver; both the TomTom GO 300 and its sibling the TomTom GO 700, come enabled to connect through your Bluetooth enabled phone to download traffic and weather updates.

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October 28, 2005

Earnings are Way, Way up for TomTom

So, if you thought Garmin was doing well, check out TomTom. They announced earnings and they are doing just fine. The maker of many well liked GPS units, including the recently announced TomTom ONE (see article), had revenue up 373% over last year, with profit up 166% over the same quarter last year.

"The market for personal navigation devices has continued to grow strongly. Integrated devices have overtaken PDA solutions as the driver of growth in the sector and we expect this trend to continue," says TomTom's CEO, Harold Goddijn.

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October 24, 2005

New Voices for TomTom's

Tired of the same old voices on your GPS or SatNav? The TomTom line of GPS navigation devices are able to download new voices and plug them in so you enjoy yourself as you navigate along.

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TomTom ONE GPS Announced

Update: TomTom has announced that the TomTom ONE will be shipping in the US. See our review of the TomTom ONE.

TomTom announced the launch of their TomTom ONE all new GPS for the Car that extends their line-up of already great automotive GPS receivers. Today marks their launch date for Germany and the Benelux countries, with a UK launch later this year; no word on a US launch date yet.

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October 20, 2005

GPS Review: Another Great Review for TomTom GO 300

TomTom doesn't have nearly the market force that Garmin and Magellan have here in the US, but that may not be for long, as the TomTom GO 300 and its sibling the TomTom GO 700, get great review after great review. Here at the GPS Lodge, we have a TomTom GO 300 coming for review in a couple of weeks, and are excited to get our hands on it to give it a try. In the meantime, PC Mag has taken a look at the TomTom GO 300 and has awarded it the Editor's Choice. The car gps segment is hot right now, and coming into the holiday season, I would imagine that the market for these will heat up even more.

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October 16, 2005

Club TomTom Blog launched for US

TomTom US has launched their very own blog for the US customer, Club TomTom. The intent of the blog targeted at a couple of things according to Jocelyn Vigreux, President, TomTom Inc. U.S.A.:

1. Providing you, our users, with a place where you can easily find up-to-date and relevant information on our products and services.
2. Enabling you to share with others your suggestions, ideas and TomTom experiences so that new TomTom users can benefit from your expertise!

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October 13, 2005

GPS Review: TomTom GO 300

The TomTom GO 300 is a well regarded automotive GPS navigation device that has gotten accolades in the US and in Europe for its design and its functionality. Recently AOL's MapQuest selected TomTom and the TomTom GO 300 for a rebranding under the MapQuest name (see our article from September 28th), with Austin Klahn CTO of MapQuest saying, "We believe [TomTom] offers the latest technology and the best consumer experience in personal navigation devices in the marketplace today." Pretty big vote of confidence there.

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