May 14, 2009

TomTom "Secrets" Website gets Webby Award

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TomTom has a small side project that offers a fun little diversion in your boring office cubed day. TomTomsecrets.com has won a Webby Award for it's design. Check out the dossier and see what features a TomTom comes with all at the same time. Took me 40.3 seconds to navigate through traffic.... see what you get.

at TomTomSecrets.com

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May 13, 2009

TomTom GO 740 LIVE - $337 at Amazon

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TomTom GO 740 LIVE is the first connected GPS from TomTom that gives loads of bandwidth to get up to date traffic, Google search and gas prices for local stations. The top of the line unit is now available in the US, and it's a tough time to launch a high end device that comes along with a monthly subscription. By most accounts, the unit is well informed and well designed. It's now available for only $337, down from the list price of $399. Hey, the extra sixty bucks buys the next six months of connected subscriptions.

At Amazon - TomTom GO 740 LIVE

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April 1, 2009

TomTom ONE 140/140S and ONE XL 340/340S

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TomTom announced a new set of entry level units that really up the value equation on the entry level end of their line-up. The new TomTom ONE and ONE XL units offer North American maps Now with Mexico preloaded, and IQ Routes - TomTom's way of giving their GPS unit a little more intelligence when dealing with traffic. With IQ Routes, the TomTom will understand that historically traffic is heavy or light on that particular rod at that time of day and calculates that into the road choice equation. An advanced feature that was only previously available on the GO line. The new TomTom ONE 140 and XL 340 line up also includes a new interface, over 7 million Points of Interest, Help Me! button and Map Share access.

The TomTom ONE 140 ($179) and ONE 140S ($199) are standard screen units, with the "S" version offering Text to Speech. The TomTom ONE XL 340 ($229) and ONE XL 340S ($249) are in the wide screen (4.3-inch) with the "S" version having text to speech. They are available this month.

More info in the press release after the jump....

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March 31, 2009

TomTom and Microsoft Settle Patent Dispute

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Wow, that was fast; TomTom and Microsoft have reportedly settled their patent dispute over file storage patents. According to the WSJ, TomTom will pay Microsoft an undisclosed amount to license eight patents while Microsoft will in turn get the ability to use four TomTom patents. After a long disagreement on licensing the patents in the first place, the resolution after the filing of the suits was amazingly fast.
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March 20, 2009

TomTom GO - 5 Years Ago.....

The TomTom GO is five years old this week, marking TomTom's entry into the stand alone GPS/PND business. The go was a big departure from the old Magellan Never Lost design with push buttons and rocker panels, because it had a touchscreen and started down the ultra simple interface pathway.

The original TomTom GO was not flat, and had a triangular back panel that quickly set the tone in the marketplace as the Garmin StreetPilot line came out about the same time with this style. The two titans battled about design and who copied whom, but the navigation business was never the same. Flat units came next, and we've never looked back.

TomTom continues to turn out excellent products, and is one of the easiest user interfaces on the market. Happy Birthday TomTom GO.

In other news......
TomTom Countersues Microsoft - MS sued TomTom over patent infringement, and now TomTom is countersuing.

TomTom has officially launched their map update service - we talked about it this past week. Quarterly Map updates for $39 a year.

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March 18, 2009

EasyPort for TomTom GO Series

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Last year, TomTom launched their new TomTom ONE series with a fold flat mount designed to keep the GPS easily storable when not in use. People apparently liked the design and the TomTom GO owners wanted a slim, fold flat mont of their own.

TomTom has announced that you can now buy the EasyPort for the GO series. It's compatible with:


  • TomTom GO 720
  • TomTom GO 920/T
  • TomTom GO 630
  • TomTom GO 730/T
  • TomTom GO 930/T


More at TomTom

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March 15, 2009

TomTom Quarterly Map Updates - $39 a year

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TomTom has a pretty good deal running right now that offers quarterly map updates at $39 per year which is fairly cheap when you think about regular annual maps at usually about $79 per year. That's the basic comparison that they want you to look at, and for many people that's good enough. The key thing that you will need to know is that you need to have the latest release of the maps already installed on you device to be eligible to get the quarterly map updates. If not, you need to upgrade the underlying maps at a discounted price and THEN get the quarterly map updates. I logged in with an old TomTom ONE XL that does NOT have the latest maps on it, and it offered the Quarterly Map updates for $39 and then also required the latest regular maps for $39 (about 50% off); that's back to the $79 for a regularly priced map upgrade. So, no this won't get you updated maps for $39 on that stale old unit in the glove compartment. Think of it this way; Buy the latest Map Upgrade for $79, and you get quarterly map updates free for a year.


TomTom Home is the way to go and get the updates; download TomTom Home if you need to, and then log in to see the offer.

Financially speaking, this is a smart move for TomTom; a lot of people don't participate in these types of programs, and the discount, while deep, is a lot of incremental revenue that they can drive right now without much marketing or manufacturing expense. They already sold the "Razor" and now it's time to make money on those "blades" - they have an infinite supply of them laying virtually around; it's time to make some money on them.

Thanks Jim for sending this in.

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March 13, 2009

TomTom GO 940 LIVE Review

The TomTom GO 940 LIVE is a pretty advanced unit with a cellular connection for live updates and a persistent connection for data searches and up to the minute information on things like traffic, traffic and more traffic. About a year ago, Dash launched the first internet connected device that we all heralded as the next generation of devices, it fell victim to lack of demand, but not lack of foresight. The TomTom GO 940 LIVE is TomTom's incarnation of the connected idea with a read on traffic ever few minutes through a data feed that has enough bandwidth to give you detailed information on back-ups instead of cryptic messages like the TMC network can.

T3, a gadget website in the UK has a quick "review" up of the TomTom GO 940 Live, taking a look at it from an admittedly high level, but thought I would pass it along as you ponder the launch of the TomTom LIVE service here in the US this Spring with the TomTom GO 740 LIVE

ReadMore at T3

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March 10, 2009

TomTom Needs Beta Testers

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Update - TomTom just let me know that they are over the top on volunteers - sorry registration is closed for Beta Testers. Thanks for all the interest!

Cruise on over to Club TomTom the company's North American Blog to sign up as a beta tester of the online route planner. They had beta tester requests out before, and must be testing out a new interface, new data or simply testing it for a big US splash.

It's worth mentioning that Club TomTom has a slick new look for their blog, and from what I see; I like it.

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March 4, 2009

TomTom Update - Fix Available for the GO Model Stuttering

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TomTom has posted an update for the GO models that have acquired a stuttering problem. The fix was posted just the other day and if you download and install via the TomTom HOME application, you should be all set. Always a good thing to keep the firmware updated, but this is a great reason to do it now.

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