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TomTom Car Kit Release Pushed Back to October

Maverickster

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From the TomTom FAQs (see #14):

14. When will the car kit be available?

The TomTom car kit availability was originally planned for this summer. But we have decided to take some extra weeks in order to deliver the highest quality on this innovative product. So, the car kit will become available this October on www.tomtom.com.
Register your email address at iphone.tomtom.com and you will be one of the first to know when it is available to buy.


http://iphone.tomtom.com/en-us/faq.html
 

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TomTom Car Kit Release Pushed Back to October

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

The TomTom car kit availability was originally planned for this summer. But we have decided to take some extra weeks in order to deliver the highest quality on this innovative product. So, the car kit will become available this October on www.tomtom.com.

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.

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Tiffy

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Jul 15, 2009
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Explanation

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

kelpi

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Sep 14, 2008
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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.
 

macslayer118

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Oct 6, 2008
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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:
 

dpfenninger

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

Phil22

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

Navigon FTW.

And if navigon get their car kit out before dick dick then :mad:
 

LastLine

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Aug 24, 2005
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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.
 

freediverdude

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Dec 26, 2006
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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.
 

iSee

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Oct 25, 2004
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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.
 

co.ag.2005

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Jun 17, 2009
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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.

+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
 

DrewG5

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Aug 16, 2009
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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.
 

Shasterball

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

Stargaze

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Aug 26, 2008
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Ummm.

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.

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:
 

jlanuez

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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.
 

chrisgpix

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Nov 20, 2008
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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.
 

ChromeAce

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Jun 11, 2009
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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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