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NAVIGATION: T-Mobile and TomTom team up to offer mobile navigation solutions but T-Mobile also continues to support NaviGate
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 08.08.05 - 17:20:13 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 13446x
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Following T-Mobile UK's earlier announcement to cooperate with ALK to provide mobile navigation solutions for the UK MDA and SDA customers, today T-Mobile Germany announced its cooperation with TomTom.

T-Mobile is adding mobile navigation solutions to its product range with TomTom MOBILE 5 and TomTom NAVIGATOR 5. The wireless solutions fit into any coat pocket and are ready for use in no time. With flexible route planning, voice-activated navigation and 3-D maps, the TomTom products offer everything for the perfect journey, getting you to your destination in the shortest time. Special offer from T-Mobile: with all-in-one packages comprising the TomTom navigation system as well as MDA or SDA, accessories and favorable Relax 100 tariff, customers can save over 100 Euro compared with the unit price.

With the onboard TomTom navigation solutions, routes are calculated using a memory card that the user simply inserts into his or her PDA (Personal Digital Assistant). The TomTom software as well as the map of Germany is already pre-installed on this memory card. The receiver for satellite location via GPS is connected with the MDA via Bluetooth and can get a fix almost anywhere. TomTom MOBILE 5 and TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 offer flexible and precise route planning that lets you define waypoints and will also guide you to points of interest such as nearby hotels, restaurants or car parks. The user can choose between 2-D or 3-D maps for the navigation view, and the user interface is in 18 different languages.

T-Mobile is launching several installation packages with its cooperation partner TomTom: TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 for the MDA III and MDA compact as well as TomTom MOBILE 5 for the SDA and SDA music. If you don't have a T-Mobile Windows Mobile device yet, T-Mobile is offering anyone a particularly attractive deal with the TomTom all-in-one packages: the packages consist of an MDA III, MDA compact, SDA or SDA music and for example one of the favorable tariffs Relax 100 or Business Relax 100. Aside from the respective mobile phone, the package includes the complete TomTom navigation solution with TomTom software, Bluetooth GPS receiver and car charger cable with distributor for the cigarette lighter as well as a suitable mobile phone cradle. The all-in-one package consisting of e.g. SDA, TomTom Mobile 5 and accessories package is already available for 199.95 Euro with the Relax 100 tariff if you sign a 24-month contract.

For all those that already own an SDA, SDA music, MDA III or MDA compact, T-Mobile is offering the TomTom packages NAVIGATOR 5 and MOBILE 5 for 249.95 Euro each. These include the GPS receiver, the car charger cable and TomTom software including a map of Germany. No further costs are incurred for usage. Those that would like to include traffic information in route planning can order the subscription-based TomTom PLUS service. The service costs 39.95 Euro a year for Germany, plus the costs for mobile data transmission. TomTom offers maps for Western Europe for the TomTom NAVIGATOR 5. Users can buy the CD package for 149 Euro and then travel through 18 countries like the Benelux, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, France, Portugal and Scandinavia without getting lost.

However, T-Mobile off-board navigation isn't dead yet, even if rumored before. T-Mobile still offers its dynamic off-board navigation solution T-Mobile NaviGate. With T-Mobile NaviGate, routes are planned based on up-to-date premium traffic data supplied by T-Traffic. Precise voice instructions help the driver take the best route available at the time; the maneuvers are shown on the display with direction arrows and are spoken by the system. Those that own an MDA II, MDA III or MDA compact can also view the route via a dynamic map.

Of particular use is the new Destination Assistant feature: if you don’t know the exact address, simply dial the speed number 2526 and it will help you search and enter the correct address. What’s more, T-Mobile NaviGate can guide you to points of interest like restaurants, hotels or car parks. These now also include the 5,000-odd HotSpot locations run by T-Mobile and T-Com, which users can navigate to either via the Destination Assistant or the "Points of Interest" function.

One highlight of T-Mobile NaviGate is the international route planning feature, which calculates the best route for T-Mobile customers for 18 European countries. T-Mobile offers T-Mobile NaviGate as a complete installation package with navigation software, GPS receiver and car charger cable suitable for the SDA, MDA II, MDA III, MDA compact, Nokia 6680 and many other mobile phone models. The T-Mobile NaviGate BlueKit III installation package for 129.95 Euro comes with Bluetooth technology for a wireless connection between mobile phone and GPS receiver. Aside from the one-off purchase costs, users pay 1.99 Euro for each route that is calculated plus the costs for the mobile data connection, or they can take advantage of the favorable T-Mobile NaviGate subscriptions with ten or 1,000 routes per month.

Cheers ~ Arne

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