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TomTom Car Kit to Be Compatible With iPod Touch and Other GPS iPhone Applications?

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In the wake of the release of TomTom iPhone GPS navigation applications in numerous countries, Mac4Ever spoke [Google translation] with TomTom public relations manager Yann Lafargue and received clarification that the forthcoming companion car kit will be compatible with the iPod touch and will also support GPS navigation applications by other companies.
"It will work with the iPod touch and will also work with third-party GPS applications."
Lafarque is unable to provide information on when the car kit will be released, although posters to TomTom's official Twitter account have confirmed the announcement made at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference that it is scheduled to ship "later this summer" with additional specs and pricing coming closer to the kit's release.

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ShiftyPig

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So it's a GPS antenna that overrides the iPhone internal one. Brilliant. :rolleyes:

TT has bottled every aspect of iPhone product development.
 

TheWarIsNotOver

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Now, that sounds interesting indeed. If even the iPod Touch would be able to use navigation, that would be nice. It's also quite interesting to see that navigation software of other companies is also supported.
 

vertigo235

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whaaaa So I can use NAVIGON with it if NAVIGON adds the support?

This could be interesting.

TomTom will probably make more money if they did this, heck I might buy it but there is no way I would buy the car kit otherwise.
 

northy124

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Interesting... I hope this means that the Navigon Western Europe app will be compatible with it as if so I am sold as the TomTom Western Europe app isn't to my liking lol
 

BryanLyle

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Well, it will work with applications that support the external hardware framework. This thing isn't going to work out of the box with other GPS applications unless THEY support it.
 

ShiftyPig

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eh270

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Now thaaat's interesting, except that the app + dock still costs more than a standalone GPS unit.
 

wartnig

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Well that's nice of them. So i save 30 bucks on navigon and still get the car kit. anyone think the car kit bundled with the tom tom app will be cheaper?

I think it'll be $25 with the app, and $40 seperately. so then i'll only save like 15 bucks..

I doubt the cradle will be $40 on its own.. i honestly think i will be more than that.. wasn't there a rumor some time ago about it being on a UK website for around £113??? Im guessing it might retail on par with the Tom Tom iPhone app..
 

ntrigue

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I think they're missing a beat here...

I would have bought the App only at midnight had the pricing on the cradle been available. Now, I'm waiting to make sure the bundle doesn't save me $40 vs. buying them separately.
 

EagerDragon

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3rd parties can also use it, probably if they get a license from TT. I do not think it will be free for competitors to take advantage of the TT hardware.

There has to be some fine print somewhere I bet.
 

LukeHarrison

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Might as well work with the original 2001 ipod as well. :rolleyes:

No need to be like that. Some people are in the situation where upgrading to a 3G/3GS would be too expensive. I never entered into an official O2 iPhone contract with mine, so to replace it with a 3G would cost around £350, which I don't have spare at the moment.
 

CJEscandell

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I was one of the ones they "retweeted" about the date, but they refuse to answer my question about whether or not phones with cases will fit into the car kit.
 

betaboy78

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