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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:06 pm    Post subject: TomTom Unveils a Range of New and Updated Content & Serv Reply with quote

Bit of a newsflash that some of you may be interested in...... I'm afraid the formatting of the Compatibility table is all cocked up and my technical abilities dont allow me to reformat. I'm sure the details are on the TomTom website.......

TomTom Unveils a Range of New and Updated Content & Services;
2006-03-09 06:00 (New York)

Sets New Standards in Ease of Use and Brings Ultimate Personalization to
Portable Car Navigation

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 9, 2006
TomTom, the leading navigation solution provider
worldwide, today unveils the full details of a new and updated
collection of TomTom PLUS content & services.
Building on TomTom's already rich PLUS portfolio, the new range of
TomTom PLUS content & services gives customers the option to
personalize their TomTom products, while improving and enhancing their
navigation experience.
TomTom's new offering also features TomTom HOME, an innovative
software application that enables customers to easily manage their
PLUS content & services from their computer. TomTom HOME simplifies
the process of trip planning, downloading, and storing TomTom PLUS
content & services. Users can pre-plan their route from a PC or MAC
and download content such as additional maps and navigation voices
onto their TomTom GO. TomTom HOME also enables TomTom GO 910 users to
manage music and photo content on their GO.

New and updated TomTom PLUS content & services include:

-- TomTom Audiobooks - Enables users to download and listen to
books, magazines or newspapers. NEW!

-- TomTom Buddies - Enables authorized TomTom users to locate
each other and send instant messages. NEW!

-- TomTom Quick GPS Fix(TM) - determines your position faster
than ever. NEW!

-- TomTom Traffic & Road Conditions - Allows drivers to be kept
up to date on any road conditions that may affect their
journey such as traffic or icy roads. UPDATED!

-- TomTom Weather - TomTom users can stay regularly informed on
weather conditions as they drive throughout the US, Canada and
Europe. And now they can even receive 5-day weather forecasts
as well. UPDATED!

-- TomTom Safety Cameras - Now pre-installed on the entire new
TomTom GO range. Users can report and stay up-to-date on the
locations of Mobile Safety Cameras in Europe that track speed
of travel. NEW!

"The updated and expanded portfolio of TomTom PLUS content &
services highlights our commitment to bring innovation, ease of use
and personalization to the portable navigation industry," said Harold
Goddijn, TomTom's chief executive officer. "TomTom PLUS content &
services have been enormously popular with consumers. By introducing
new services, such as Audiobooks and Buddies, as well as updating our
current services including TomTom Traffic, TomTom Safety Cameras and
TomTom Weather, we are able to ensure that personal navigation
continues to be stress free, personal, fun and most of all safe for
consumers to use."

TomTom has launched and updated the following:

TomTom Audiobooks

For the latest in in-car entertainment TomTom has teamed up with
Audible Inc., the largest supplier of digital spoken books to offer a
vast catalogue of titles for its new service TomTom Audiobooks. TomTom
Audiobooks features a new type of entertainment which allows users to
simply download their favorite book, magazine or podcast through their
PC or MAC onto their device.
Featuring the biggest catalogue of spoken books from popular
authors such as Dan Brown, Stephen King and James Patterson, and with
over 23,000 titles from popular genres like fiction, comedy, mystery,
non fiction, politics, self-development and language, users can ensure
that they're kept entertained for hours in their car. In addition to
books, users can download audio versions of newspapers, events and
performances, 'how to' programs, language courses, travel information
and education programs.

TomTom Buddies

TomTom Buddies allows drivers to invite other TomTom users to
become their authorized 'buddy'. Users can see where their friends and
family are and navigate to their location quickly and safely.
Additionally, users can send each other text messages that are read
aloud. The service also provides secure privacy options so that users
can hide their location and add or delete 'buddies' as required.

TomTom Quick GPS Fix(TM)

Using the new TomTom HOME software application, users will now be
able to download the TomTom Quick GPS Fix(TM). The TomTom Quick GPS
Fix(TM) continually retrieves ultra-precise details about the
satellites orbiting the earth, which means TomTom drivers will be able
to find their current position faster than ever when using the device.

TomTom Traffic & Road Conditions

As part of the update to TomTom Traffic, users will now also
receive up-to-date road condition alerts via a wireless Internet data
connection (GPRS). Users will be kept up-to-date on any road
conditions such as construction or ice on the road that may affect
journeys. Coupled with the current TomTom Traffic service which
includes real-time traffic alerts, and the option to plan journeys to
avoid traffic hotspots, this service provides complete updates on
weather and traffic conditions.

TomTom Weather

TomTom Weather now features detailed real-time weather information
for any city on the user's selected map. By sending information
directly to the device, TomTom Weather provides hourly updates on
cloud cover, rain and snow, temperature, wind, lightning warnings and
visibility so that users can now travel in confidence while knowing
about inclement weather that may affect their journey. Featuring a new
5-day weather prediction, users can hear clear weather updates for the
days ahead - ideal for those planning long trips in foreign cities.

TomTom Safety Cameras

Now, TomTom users travelling to Europe have access to TomTom's
comprehensive database of European safety camera sites, which have
been checked and verified by TomTom field surveyors. Completely
integrated into the new TomTom GO range, TomTom Safety Cameras
encourage safe driving within posted European speed limits, while
ensuring that users can report changes in locations of speed cameras
and mobile speed traps. These are then automatically updated in a
large database so that users will continue to receive the latest
information from their device.


TomTom Buddies, TomTom Traffic & Road Conditions, TomTom Weather
and TomTom Mobile Safety Camera alerts require a compatible
Bluetooth(TM) enabled smart phone. In addition, TomTom PLUS content &
services are compatible with the following TomTom devices.
TomTom PLUS Content GO 910 GO 510 GO 300 Pricing
& Services and GO 700
TomTom Audiobooks X - - Pay per use
TomTom Buddies X X - Free
TomTom Traffic GPRS GPRS GPRS Subscription
X X X with free
TomTom Safety Cameras X X X Free
TomTom Quick GPS Fix(TM) X X - Free
TomTom Weather X X X Free
TomTom 5-day weather forecast X X - Free
TomTom Voices X X X Free or pay
per use
TomTom Maps X X X Pay per use
TomTom Points of Interest X X X Free or pay
per use X

Availability and Pricing

The new and improved TomTom PLUS content and services can be
downloaded from a PC or Mac via the included desktop software, from
www.tomtom.com, or directly through the TomTom device via wireless
connection. Most services are free; others may require a pay per use
fee or monthly subscription. See tomtom.com for details.
Please watch the TomTom website for information on availability of
TomTom content & services.

About TomTom

TomTom NV is a leading provider of personal navigation products
and services. TomTom's products are developed with an emphasis on
innovation, quality, ease of use and value. TomTom's products include
all-in-one navigation devices which enable customers to navigate right
out of the box; these are the award-winning TomTom GO family, the
TomTom ONE and the TomTom RIDER. TomTom also provides navigation
software products which integrate with third party devices; the TomTom
NAVIGATOR software for PDA's and TomTom MOBILE navigation software for
smart phones. TomTom PLUS, is the location-based content and services
offering for TomTom's navigation products. TomTom WORK combines
industry leading communication and smart navigation technology with
leading edge tracking and tracing expertise. TomTom was founded in
1991 in Amsterdam and has offices in the Netherlands, the United
Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, the United States of America, China
and Taiwan. TomTom's products are sold through a network of leading
retailers in 20 countries and online.

Karen Drake, 978-405-1688
Hill and Knowlton
Christine Monaghan, 212-885-0490
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really should learn to read the front page before I post!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maxi wrote:
I really should learn to read the front page before I post!!!

Indeed. Furthermore, it is being discussed here.
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