TomTom Car Kit Appears in Apple's U.S. Online Store, Ships in 2-3 Weeks

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    TomTom's GPS car kit appeared in Apple's U.S. online store a few days ago priced at the expected $119.95, 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 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 in person at Apple retail stores.

    Article Link: TomTom Car Kit Appears in Apple's U.S. Online Store, Ships in 2-3 Weeks
  2. macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    Jun 17, 2009
    --Redmond --------- ----------------Washington---
    Not interested. The one promoted for Navigon looks better
  3. macrumors 6502


    Jul 16, 2009
  4. macrumors 68000


    Sep 29, 2008
    I feel sorry for the people that pay $119 dollars +tax for that, I really do.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2008
    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.
  6. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2007
    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.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    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.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2007
    Houston, TX
    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.
  9. macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
    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.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2008
    Austin TX
    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:
  11. macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2009
    Reading UK
    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!
  12. macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2004
    while I'm not quite such a fan of the price, this isn't simply a 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.
  13. macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    I'll probably end up buying it just to have.
  14. macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2009
    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.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2009
    No FM transmitter on tomtom car kit

    How can they leave out the FM transmitter in the car kit??!! Omg. Such a failure
  16. macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2009
    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:
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2007
    Houston, TX
    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.
  18. macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    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.
  19. macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2009
    i for one am waiting for a good review after a few people have used it for a while
  20. macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2009
    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.
  21. macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2007
    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.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2009
    Who cares? Too late... too hyped... to expensive...
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2009
    4x the amount any consumer would spend

    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.
  24. Ish
    macrumors 68000


    Nov 30, 2004
    What happens if Apple changes the design of the phone and the new one doesn't fit the cradle?
  25. macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    sirius dock

    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?

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