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MacRumors
Oct 23, 2009, 01:00 PM
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TomTom's GPS car kit appeared (http://store.apple.com/us/product/TX672LL/A) in Apple's U.S. online store a few days ago priced at the expected $119.95 (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/09/25/tomtom-car-kit-for-iphone-to-be-priced-at-119-95-in-u-s/), and while it was initially listed as "currently unavailable", the shipping window has now been updated to reflect scheduled ship time of 2-3 weeks.

The car kit appeared in Apple's European online stores (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/10/08/tomtom-car-kit-reappears-in-apples-european-online-stores/) several weeks ago, and while shipping was initially scheduled for 1-2 weeks in those countries, availability has subsequently slipped to 4-6 weeks. Several European customers have, however, been able to obtain the kit (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/10/13/tomtom-gps-car-kit-for-iphone-unboxing/) in person at Apple retail stores.

Article Link: TomTom Car Kit Appears in Apple's U.S. Online Store, Ships in 2-3 Weeks (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/10/23/tomtom-car-kit-appears-in-apples-u-s-online-store-ships-in-2-3-weeks/)



Mr. Gates
Oct 23, 2009, 01:19 PM
Not interested. The one promoted for Navigon looks better

countrydweller
Oct 23, 2009, 01:28 PM
Maybe at half that price, that's a maybe....:(

Vandam500
Oct 23, 2009, 01:34 PM
I feel sorry for the people that pay $119 dollars +tax for that, I really do.

VenusianSky
Oct 23, 2009, 01:54 PM
So Tom Tom is releasing the adapter to the Apple store but setting the ship date to 2-3 weeks in the US. Are these available in the Apple walk-in stores right now? Tom Tom originally announced an October availability.

djdole
Oct 23, 2009, 02:21 PM
With every one of these TomTom car kit posts the contant drone in my head saying "TOO EXPENSIVE" gets louder and Louder and LOUDER.

It's really a shame that apparently the dudes at TomTom don't seem to have that same feeling that everyone else has. :-\

But who knows. Maybe if I actually see this thing in person I'll realize it can actually cure cancer and dispense pizza and TOTALLY be worth the arm, leg, first-born and a$$ raping that it is.

Bodhi395
Oct 23, 2009, 02:30 PM
Won't buy this until the TomTom application is included for free with it. I don't see how anyone would spend $100 for the application and then another $120 on top of that for a glorified iphone cradle?!

I hope no one buys it and they are forced to lower the price. I think $100 for the kit and application combined into one package would be a fair price, hopefully TomTom comes to their senses.

TXCraig
Oct 23, 2009, 03:13 PM
Tom Tom for the iPhone has really been a let down!

120 bucks for a holder? Then 200.00 to have it installed... nope! I wish I could return the software!

They said delivery in Sept... then Oct... now they make it available in the last week of Oct with a 3 week delivery date.... How much do you want to bet if you pre-order it gets delayed even further.

mysticbluebmw
Oct 23, 2009, 03:16 PM
Everyone whining....good grief. What did you expect?? It's brand name, proprietary to the iPhone, has built-in GPS (presumably for the touch, idk), built-in powered speaker for nav AND hands free calling, oh and the mount, and cable(s) for external power. I certainly wouldn't buy it, but there are a ton who will. The navigon mount is cheaper but it's has none of the features the TomTom mount has. The Navigon is also WAY to expensive for what you get, a piece of plastic, period.

fyre57lp
Oct 23, 2009, 03:35 PM
I paid 100+ for a jawbone. I don't see how this is much different. The tomtom app is such a joke, but this car kit looks promising. Im looking forward to hands free calling with navigon leading the way. Make fun if you want. :rolleyes:

Jaques247
Oct 23, 2009, 09:11 PM
Had mine for a week now after buying from apple's uk website. I have to say I don't really under stand all the whining. If you can't afford it too bad, that's your issue not TomTom's. Get better jobs ;)

I think it's a great bit of kit and wouldn't be without it.

Can't get my head around needing or wanting to pay 200 for installing, my five year old daughter could have installed mine. It was a bit tough licking the suction cup mind!

OnlyShawn
Oct 23, 2009, 10:46 PM
while I'm not quite such a fan of the price, this isn't simply a holder...it has an enhanced gps module to allow for better and faster gps positioning, especially in areas with poor reception.

personally, I think (following a drop in the price), I'll pick one of these up, and use a different gps app with it, as it doesn't seem that the tomtom one is quite so stellar.

hexonxonx
Oct 24, 2009, 01:37 AM
Had mine for a week now after buying from apple's uk website. I have to say I don't really under stand all the whining. If you can't afford it too bad, that's your issue not TomTom's. Get better jobs ;)

I think it's a great bit of kit and wouldn't be without it.

Can't get my head around needing or wanting to pay 200 for installing, my five year old daughter could have installed mine. It was a bit tough licking the suction cup mind!

I'll probably end up buying it just to have.

iJays
Oct 24, 2009, 05:32 AM
by overpricing the TomTom app and the cradle, TomTom might be trying to encourage people just to buy the stand-alone TomTom unit because they make more money out of it.
if the TomTom app is cheap, TomTom might just go back to its original roots of just being a software company. They just used to ride on any gps hardware before but greed is more powerful.

nzoptom
Oct 24, 2009, 06:38 AM
How can they leave out the FM transmitter in the car kit??!! Omg. Such a failure

1olive
Oct 24, 2009, 08:35 AM
Its hard to respond to vapor. Someday there may be an actual tomtom kit that is in the hands of an independent reviewer who can find out the details of its quality and function, then there will be something to talk about. I don't understand why there hasn't been a review copy of the product made available to somebody well before now?:eek:

TXCraig
Oct 24, 2009, 10:11 AM
Can't get my head around needing or wanting to pay 200 for installing, my five year old daughter could have installed mine. It was a bit tough licking the suction cup mind!

I'm assuming you don't have the power connection run into the dash in into the car's fuse box.. and the connection to your stereo system is not plugged in behind the radio... about a $200 - $300 to have done professionally. If your 5 year old can do it, great! Now you don't have save their college fund!

I think the complaint with the cost is- it should be CHEAPER to use your phone as a GPS then going out to the store and buying a GPS system. A good GPS is about 200 - 250 dollars. Tom Tom app, 100.00 and the mount... 120.00.

Too much when Tom Tom is not even providing the hardware for the GPS!

The software should be under 50 and the mount should be about the same. That gives someone the reason to use their phone as a GPS and not buy a separate unit.

jtgotsjets
Oct 24, 2009, 10:45 AM
Ok, what I don't understand is this:
Why would you pay over $200 total for a GPS system that you already have to own a $400 screen for?
Why not just spend $200 on a dedicated GPS system that stays in your car?

Check Google Shopping. Most of Tom Tom's standalone units cost quite a bit less than what you'd spend on the software and cradle. What? Just so you can use your iPhone for one more function (a function that is already built-in)? Why wouldn't I just buy a regular Tom Tom? Then I could even talk on the phone while finding my way around.

Overpriced piece of trash, but it'll sell because people love gadgets and even more than that, people love gadgets for their gadgets.

ticman
Oct 24, 2009, 11:54 AM
i for one am waiting for a good review after a few people have used it for a while

DrewG5
Oct 24, 2009, 06:32 PM
I would have been more than glad to buy this product if it was reasonably priced. For the bloated price of the TomTom app and than the addonal gouging with the cradle TomTom will be lucky if I even consider one of there PND's in the future. Sadly I was a huge fan of TomTom but from the looks of it others will eat their cake by offering a better product at a by far better price.

neilp4453
Oct 24, 2009, 07:20 PM
I told myself months ago that if the GPS car kit + app isn't competitively priced with standalone GPS units...I wasn't going to bite.

But I'm not gonna count myself out of buying one just yet...I'm gonna wait to see what TomTom does for the holidays concerning this combo.

mhami
Oct 26, 2009, 04:58 AM
Who cares? Too late... too hyped... to expensive...

MacU
Oct 26, 2009, 01:52 PM
Ok, what I don't understand is this:
Why would you pay over $200 total for a GPS system that you already have to own a $400 screen for?
Why not just spend $200 on a dedicated GPS system that stays in your car?

Check Google Shopping. Most of Tom Tom's standalone units cost quite a bit less than what you'd spend on the software and cradle. What? Just so you can use your iPhone for one more function (a function that is already built-in)? Why wouldn't I just buy a regular Tom Tom? Then I could even talk on the phone while finding my way around.

Overpriced piece of trash, but it'll sell because people love gadgets and even more than that, people love gadgets for their gadgets.

Totally agree. Why ANYONE would pay for this is beyond me. Good idea spoiled by greed. If it was a $50 app and another $20 stand, maybe. I still wouldn't do it simply due to the fact that a stand alone unit that doesn't rely on AT&T's crappy network is only $120.

Ish
Oct 27, 2009, 08:54 AM
What happens if Apple changes the design of the phone and the new one doesn't fit the cradle?

rgl6237
Oct 27, 2009, 05:10 PM
Question: Can you utilize the tom tom application while listing to sirius application? and can you stream music via bluetooth all why receiving a phone call?

cutmoney
Oct 28, 2009, 02:51 PM
I hope nobody buys this device, TomTom is just trying to take advantage of iPhone customers (and many of their loyal customers). It is just ridiculous that they would charge $220.00 for their least feature-rich GPS app available--which doesn't even include the hardware! Seriously, even a $100 TomTom ONE includes text-to-speech and a variety of other features, the touchscreen hardware device, and a window/dash mount (so WAY more than the iPhone package)! I lowered my rating on iTunes to one star and I hope more people do the same, I am very unhappy with my purchase especially after seeing the cost they are charging their customers for this mount! I want to make sure that no other customers waste their money on this product, buy Navigon (which has 4 stars) or wait until the Google GPS app comes out for free, either choice is WAY better than TomTom!!!!

hawkeye23
Oct 28, 2009, 04:10 PM
I don't understand what all the whining is over the price. If it's too expensive for you, don't buy it. Tom Tom isn't going to care.

I want a $146,000 BMW 760 Li, but I'm not posting on forums on how much it's over priced. I bet there are people on this forum who drop $300 every 2 years on a brand new iPhone.

Flame away my dear friends... :)

dontwalkhand
Oct 28, 2009, 08:51 PM
Totally agree. Why ANYONE would pay for this is beyond me. Good idea spoiled by greed. If it was a $50 app and another $20 stand, maybe. I still wouldn't do it simply due to the fact that a stand alone unit that doesn't rely on AT&T's crappy network is only $120.

TomTom does not rely on AT&T, it stores all of the maps on your device.

But neither does Navigon, a better choice :D

jlanuez
Oct 29, 2009, 12:41 AM
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Its hard to respond to vapor. Someday there may be an actual tomtom kit that is in the hands of an independent reviewer who can find out the details of its quality and function, then there will be something to talk about. I don't understand why there hasn't been a review copy of the product made available to somebody well before now?:eek:

Because TomTom FUBAR'ed this entire iPhone product. The App sucks!

SpaceKitty
Oct 29, 2009, 12:54 AM
Its hard to respond to vapor. Someday there may be an actual tomtom kit that is in the hands of an independent reviewer who can find out the details of its quality and function, then there will be something to talk about. I don't understand why there hasn't been a review copy of the product made available to somebody well before now?:eek:

you have missed the review. It was posted on YouTube about a week ago when someone in the U.K. got ahold of one from his local Apple store.

Palmyra
Oct 29, 2009, 09:05 AM
Why worry about the price? With Google's new free GPS the Tom Tom setup is going to be DOA. Google's GPS looks to be the killer app for smartphones and Apple better take note.

RussOniPhone
Oct 29, 2009, 10:29 PM
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Who cares, how did other users get there money back from the app?

RussOniPhone
Oct 29, 2009, 10:30 PM
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Who cares, how did other users get there money back from the app?

RussOniPhone
Oct 29, 2009, 10:30 PM
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Who cares, how did other users get there money back from the app?