TomTom Car Kit Release Pushed Back to October

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  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2009
    From the TomTom FAQs (see #14):
  2. macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008
  3. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    TomTom Car Kit Release Pushed Back to October


    TomTom's FAQ for its iPhone navigation app now notes that the anxiously-awaited Car Kit will not be released until October:

    This update to the FAQ comes surprisingly close to the kit's run through the FCC for approval just last week. The FCC's site shows internal and external photos of the car kit along with the user guide.

    According to previous reports, the Car Kit's GPS capability will allow it to work with the iPod touch and other 3rd-party GPS applications. No information has been released yet on the kit's final pricing.

    Article Link: TomTom Car Kit Release Pushed Back to October
  4. Eso
    macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
  5. macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2009

    They apply the same brillant strategy as for the application : announce, then delay and let Navigon be the 1st. :D
  6. macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2008
    in the meantime, I put down $10.00 at Marshall's for the griffin window seat. Works great for $10.00. Make sure you read the instructions as many have complained that it keeps falling off. The tip is to gently tighten the base.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Ugh... at least tell us how much it's going to cost so I can decide if I want to buy the TomTom app... If I buy the app, I'll want the car kit too... :confused:
  8. macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2005
    Glad I went with the Navigon MobileNavigator app...TomTom has really missed the boat here.
  9. macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2009
    All I can say is.....

    Navigon FTW.

    And if navigon get their car kit out before dick dick then :mad:
  10. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  11. macrumors 601


    Aug 29, 2006
    Navigon or another company will likely have their own dock out at this rate...
  12. macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    This is getting ridiculous. Admittedly I love TomTom as it is and it works well, but I want to at least know how much it will cost when it does finally come out.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 26, 2006
    TomTom could have really made a killing with this, had they come out with this in a dock + app kit right around the time of the 3GS launch. For maybe $100-150. By now though, everybody has kind of moved on, and it will be more of a niche product. You snooze, you lose, TomTom.
  14. macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    This doesn't surprise me...
    For a while this has been smelling like a development project in trouble.

    I would be wary of buying this when it finally does come out. Sometimes, when a high-profile, prematurely announced product falls behind schedule it means that:

    1. Significant unanticipated problems have cropped up, indicating that there are fundamental flaws in the requirements or design of the product.

    2. As management becomes ever more desperate to release the product, hacks, kludges and duct tape are applied in large quantities in an attempt to hide the problems arising from the fundamental flaws.

    In the end you get a buggy product that only kind-of works and has many annoying issues -- or even fatal flaws.

    Of course, sometimes there's no fundamental problem -- it's just that some step took longer than anticipated. But I would wait for in-depth reviews before buying.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    Fort Worth, TX
    +1 Griffin WindowSeat is awesome!

    Plus I don't need the speaker of the TomTom kit anyway because I turn off voice turn by turn... too annoying IMO
  16. macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2005
    Griffin doesnt have the added gps in it which seems like the main point of the tomtom kit
  17. macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2008
    +1 on this

    Bad forum on TOMTOM's hands :( :confused::mad:
  18. macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2009
    I feel TomTom completely missed the golden opportunity. The NA app is currently not much better than an early beta and, not only did they not offer the cradle they are delaying it even more now.. Sad, I had so much respect for TomTom before, now Navigon has it.
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    They get to go along to the 3.0 OS WWDC to promote thier goods and now they're the last cab off the rank releasing.

    Pretty crap on thier part.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Jul 28, 2008
    Jacksonville, Fla
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2007
    Way to blow your market share Tom Tom! Someone has gotten fired over this mess for sure.
  22. macrumors member

    Aug 26, 2008
    have to agree with you on this one as well you generally dont go and say "look at how awesome we are" then let so many others beat you to the punch on releasing software and then postpone your hardware past your already FAR FAR away release date of summer

    Now i know why i have never bought a tomtom product before and why i probably will not buy one now unless they issue it wtih a strong discount and a appology for SUCKING! :eek:
  23. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2006
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    I bought the TomTom App right away, it is okay - not great. I'm so disappointed with this delay fir the car kit I'd return the App if I could!

    TomTom really missed a golden opportunity with the iPhone.
  24. macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2008
    New Zealand
    blow it

    And you just KNOW they will blow it even further by slapping a silly price on it! They surely won't go too overboard with the price as they have now lost a huge amount of early customers who have now gone elsewhere, they HAVE to market it cheaply or they might as well pack up and go home. I'll get it for sure at the right price, anything above $100nz (about 70$US) and I'll go elsewhere.
  25. macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009
    TomTom probably read my criticism on this site about how silly the cradle design is (by requiring a Bluetooth connection from the phone to the cradle even though it already sits INSIDE the cradle) and are trying to fix it before production. On the other hand, it's probably too late for that.

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