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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: TomTom Navigator Launches In US Reply with quote

Concord, MA – June 2, 2003 – TomTom®, a leading provider of personal navigation systems based on Microsoft® Windows® Powered Pocket PCs, today announced its presence in the United States with the launch of TomTom Navigator, the industry’s most comprehensive door-to-door personal navigation system. Realizing the growing market opportunity for location-based services in the U.S., TomTom established its new U.S. operations based in Concord, Massachusetts, and named former Psion executive Jocelyn Vigreux as president of TomTom USA.



Pricing and Availability

TomTom Navigator will be available from major retailers beginning in June 2003 at a starting price of $319. This will include the TomTom Navigator software, cabling, GPS receiver, and mounting kit.



The first retailers to offer TomTom Navigator include J&R Music and Computer World and MobilePlanet. For more information about TomTom Navigator, please visit www.tomtom.com.




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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: TomTom Navigator Launches In US Reply with quote

Cool - about time Smile



This is not very clear though - is it version 1 or 2 of Navigator? When are pocketgps going to do a review Smile?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: TomTom Navigator Launches In US Reply with quote

It's TTnav2 and our US Team Member Lutz Bendlin has been taking part in Tom Tom's US field trials. Unfortunately we we are subject to an NDA and cannot publish a preview until the full commercial release is available but stay tuned!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: TomTom Navigator Launches In US Reply with quote

Yes, this is what i am waiting for. H2215 is coming out on the 15th of June and Tomtom is coming out in ten days, perfect timing. Does anyone know if they would offer their new bluetooth and software soon? If they do how much? Man, I can't wait.   Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: TomTom Navigator Launches In US Reply with quote

Knowing HP's track record so far, I'd seriously want to hold off of the 2215 until things like the Bluetooth stack is verified to be good. The 5450 has taken a serious backward step in terms of Bluetooth and most people are going back to purchase older 3970's because of this. Don't say I didn't warn you if it turns out bad. I do know the feeling, I'm always out to get the latest technology as soon as it hits the shelves (or even sooner), and I hope HP have ironed out their issues with the 5450 to make a much better Pocket PC.



TomTom Bluetooth GPS, their trying to get manufactured stock in at the moment, I think it will probably be mid June before people start receiving them, maybe a little later, but like anything else, I'm sure there will be not enough stock to go around, so some people may have to wait a while (like with TomTom Navigator 2).
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: TomTom Navigator Launches In US Reply with quote

Yes, they do offer tomtom usa software with their new bluetooth gps. Here is the link, $450



http://www.mobileplanet.com/product.asp?dept_id=2310&pf_id=MP731500&mscssid=1K08X65BPG258HVHPGSSK55SQS3QE0BB&listing=1



Thank you for the h2215 warning but I think the problem with the H5450 is OS 2002. Wifi and bluetooth doesn't together in one unit don't work well with OS 2002. Hopefully ppc 2003 will fix this and make a better device than h5450. We have to wait and see but the waiting is killing me.



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: TomTom Navigator Launches In US Reply with quote

Freeway, the problem isn't Pocket PC 2002 OS because that's what the 3870, 3970 runs, it's a problem with the code in the chip for Bluetooth, and the new Bluetooth stack that's included by HP. I hope they rectify it as it's going to really dampen sales of HP gear if the 2200 series comes out with similar issues.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: TomTom Navigator Launches In US Reply with quote

Dave, thank you for explanation about the bluetooth problem with h5454. I do hope the H2215 doesn't have the same problem.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: TomTom Navigator Launches In US Reply with quote

It is rumoured that Pocket PC 2003 contains a Bluetooth stack in the OS, rather than leaving the provision of one up to each Bluetooth PDA or add-in card vendor. (This would fit with what has happened with Windows XP, where Microsoft have developed a Bluetooth stack for it).



Only time will tell whether this is right, though it should help compatibility if it is.









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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: TomTom Navigator Launches In US Reply with quote

Does anyone know how the Tele Atlas maps that TomTom uses compares to the NavTech maps?



I had always heard that the NavTech were the 'gold standard' and as such were the ones chosen by the auto manufacturers for the on-board systems?



Also - wonder if TomTom will have a 'map only' price for existing TTN2 customers (there is a software only price of $179). I've recently moved from the UK to the US, so need a new GPS solution. TTN2 was great once the initial release bugs were worked out, and now all I'm wondering about it the quality of the map data.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2003 8:04 am    Post subject: TomTom Navigator Launches In US Reply with quote

NavTech are considered the best maps for Europe, although TeleAtlas are coming up fast from behind. You'll mainly see differences in searching for place names and some roads aren't as perhaps up to date compared to NavTech's maps which is something that many TomTom users complain about.
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