Tom-Tom App too much $ or no?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by leomac08, Aug 16, 2009.


Tom-Tom GPS App price should be...

  1. $99 (keep it the same)

    5 vote(s)
  2. $60

    33 vote(s)
  3. $40

    26 vote(s)
  4. $20

    2 vote(s)
  5. $10

    3 vote(s)
  6. I am not buying this app.

    24 vote(s)
  1. leomac08 macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    As many of you guys know, today (8/16/09) Tom-Tom has finally released the long awaited GPS app for the iphone for $99. Now I think $99 is too much!:eek: I was just wondering, what would be a reasonable price for this app? And for those who have already bought this app, is this app really worth it?:confused:


    and if this thread has been shown already, sorry, I have not noticed any of this threads yet...:)
  2. covekbez macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2009
    If you've got a jailbroken device, than you could possibly use Appulous, but I don't recommend using any type of jailbreaking software and pay for it. ;)

    I do think that it's ridiculous that the app is $99, that's :apple: for 'ya!
  3. leomac08 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I totally agree with you man!!!! it's ridiculous! i can buy a GPS device for $99 in a garage sale!
  4. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
    That's not :apple: that TomTom , Apple has nothing to do with Developers pricing schemes
  5. Ronix macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    For $99 it should look a lot better then it does... The lowest end TomTom is $120 and is probably just as good if not better, and that includes everything to be car mounted and all. Pretty poor pricing scheme by TomTom. They will find out soon enough.
  6. twilightpress20 macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2008
  7. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Its definitely overpriced and the UI is not nice to look at.
  8. Rayfire macrumors 68030


    Aug 25, 2008
    I'm part of the not buying this app, since I really don't need always a TBT app and so far CoPilot has satisfied my needs on my driving. I wonder how much will the car kit be :cool:
  9. Pika macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008
    The only thing that i don't like about TomTom is that their UI is a MAZE !!!

    Just look at this: Plus no 3D compared to the other TBT apps such as Navigon, iGo My Way, CoPilot, Sygic...!!!

    On the other hand Navigon is easy to use for beginners and very basic with it's 3D view.

    TomTom should reasonably be priced at $49,99.
  10. outcastrc macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Ridiculously overpriced. :eek:

    I'd buy a stand alone unit long before I would spend that much on an app.

    Where's the no hardware required discount for petes sake? :confused:
  11. Pika macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2008
    The TomTom dock is going to cost $200 US.
  12. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    Any city will look like a maze from a bird's eye view.

    There's 3D.
  13. edmartin macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2007
    TomTom has a brand which is why so many people have been so anxious since the WWDC announcement. Think about it - how much clamor has there been for iGo or CoPilot prior to release? For better or worse, the brand commands a premium.

    To me, the "I can buy a stand alone GPS for $X" argument is a red herring. Yes, you can. So go ahead. An iPhone-based GPS app is for people looking for integration on a single device. Personally, I'm not interested in my dashboard looking like a Rube Goldberg experiment. Others are fine with that. To each his own, right?

    I'm not at all surprised by the $100 price tag for TomTom iPhone. But I think it exposes the current shortcomings of the App Store - or at least the developer model.

    $0.99 is a snap-decision and the App Store is fantastic for that. But $100 is a considered purchase decision. That's a significant amount of money. There is no "return policy". No trial. For example, if I buy a TomTom at Best Buy and I hate it, I can return it. Not so with an iPhone app. Ouch.

    I'd love to see a "try before you buy" technology for premium apps in the App Store. Let me try the $100 app for a few days and then it times out. The basic tech is already there. We know that Apple has the master "off switch" for apps that they want to nuke. And with 3.0, they've introduced in-app purchasing. So how nice would it be to be able to try the full TomTom product for 48 hours and at the end, I can chose to pay the $100 or it will be deactivated? I understand the complexities of expanding that on a mass scale but I'm just talking about basic tech and/or design ideas.

    Second best (and it's a far worse 2nd) is a neutered trial version of the premium apps. The problem is that watered-down versions give a watered-down impression.

    Unfortunately, in the absence of this, the market finds its own way. When I see stories about 8%+ of iPhones have been jailbroken, for example. That's bad for everyone, by the way. The developers lose revenue. So does Apple. But then the developers have to cover their loses by probably increasing their sales price. So if that 8% becomes 20% or 30%, we all lose.

    Frankly, I'm happy that the era of $100 premium apps has arrived. The power of this device is amazing and developers out there will be able to do amazing things with it. But the App Store needs to evolve (quickly!) to be able to handle that type of market. This isn't your father's 99-cent app any more.
  14. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    I originally voted that I would not buy this app but I did. The sun will be up in a few minutes and I'm gonna take a ride in the car and try this app out.
  15. Unspoken Demise macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    I really couldnt care one way or another. If you dont like it, let your wallet vote that way.
    TomTom is riding on the coat-tails of its brand name to carry it on this price point. Time will tell.
  16. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2007
    Bristol, England
    I need a new sat nav, and I'm thinking about this, but am waiting to see what the cradle costs, how they'll deal with map updates, whether or not map share works etc etc. I imagine they'll do that with in app purchases, but I think the cradle is going to have to be in the region of £20-30 or I'll just buy a stand alone unit.
  17. rotlex macrumors 6502a

    May 1, 2003
    For $99 dollars I'll buy a road atlas, and rent somebody to navigate for me. :D
  18. FearlessFreep macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2008
    Northern Virginia, USA
    People will buy this because of the brand name only, which is OK if it makes them feel better. The truth is that without the cradle there's no compelling reason that I've seen from a software standpoint to buy TT over Navigon or iGo or even Co-Pilot depending on what your needs are.

    Each of these apps will likely do an OK job of basic routing from point A to point B. Each has its strengths and weaknesses and one should examine those and buy the one that's best suited for the way they want to use GPS. One of the beauties of the App Store model is that there is no 'one size fits all' solution in terms of Apps. Choose the one that's right FOR YOU and use it.

    As I said in the UK TT thread, stop trying to think there has to be one 'right answer' or one 'winner' in the GPS Nav App area.
  19. ozzyman500 macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2009
    I'm not sure how much a regular TomTom is but $99 for an app is just way too much anyhow!
  20. vivithemage macrumors 6502a


    Jul 12, 2008
    That is actually Tom Tom's pricing.

    I am curious, does this include FREE map updates? That'd be key...because you can get updates for your handheld Tom Tom, but they are about 100 bucks anyhow.
  21. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It should be free (why not?); but of course I already bought it so it wouldn't matter to me what they changed it to.

    And it's a pretty good app; it's not that expensive really; I just think too many people are used to being cheap and getting stuff for free.

    It's actually cheaper than most subscription based services; take Nokia Maps: that costs about $89 a year. AT&T Navigator (if you have AT&T) costs a hefty $15 a month.

    For $99 you can get a standalone GPS as well, but where's the fun that!

    Though hopefully the dock isn't $200, because that is a bit pricey for a hunk of plastic that costs $10.
  22. Barbs macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2008
    In a couple of months there will be a limited time sale. My guess is $49.99. The $100 price tag is for the tech geeks that must have it right away. They will reduce the price soon enough. Especially once the GPS software for iphone starts to get flooded.
  23. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Yes they will flood the market, but you're not going to get a lot of full-fledged navigation apps like TomTom or Navigon; these takes a lot of licensing and resources which regular companies may not have.

    Plus TomTom owns TeleAtlas so we should expect better and more extensive maps.
  24. leomac08 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Maybe that day the Apple server will crash, like on July 2008 when the 2.0 update and iphone 3G came out!:eek: the same day!!!!!!!!

    lol, jk but that would be awesome!!!!!!!!!!:D

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