Garmin To Provide GPS Applications For Mobile Phone Users

Sep 13, 2005

Garmin International, a unit of Garmin, has announced that Garmin Mobile - a new suite of applications delivering maps, directions, and turn-by-turn navigation - will be offered by Sprint Nextel on select handsets.

Garmin Mobile represents Garmin's first product offering that targets the emerging wireless handset applications and location-based services market.

"Garmin Mobile exposes an entirely new group of consumers to turn-by-turn satellite navigation," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "We are thrilled that Sprint Nextel, an industry leader in voice and data communications, has chosen Garmin to provide these exciting new applications and location-based services to their customers."

Based on Garmin's highly acclaimed StreetPilot "c-series," Garmin Mobile is easy to use and offers users extreme utility especially when traveling in unfamiliar areas.

Users can navigate to an address anywhere in the United States and Puerto Rico, or search millions of points of interest (POI's) - places like hotels, restaurants, shopping, and tourist attractions. Users can also dial the POI's phone number automatically - for reservations, hours of operation, or other information.

Once users choose a destination, Garmin Mobile automatically calculates the fastest route to the destination, and provides voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions along the way while the customer is on the Sprint PCS Nationwide Network. Garmin Mobile's text-to-speech functionality allows the unit to audibly announce the name of upcoming streets - letting drivers keep their eyes on the road while navigating through busy traffic and tricky roadways.

If users stray off course, Garmin Mobile will automatically calculate the quickest way to get back on track. Map data is provided by NAVTEQ - a world leader in premium-quality mapping.

Garmin Mobile is also the first server-based navigation application that visually depicts and constantly updates the user's position on a detailed moving map - giving the user additional situational awareness. The user interface also announces upcoming turns in an easy-to-read text and arrow format.

Users can also manage their destinations and personal locations online by accessing the Garmin Mobile Manager website. To improve the utility of using the phone in an automobile, customers may purchase an automotive phone mount for $19.99 at the Garmin Mobile website.

Garmin Mobile is available on a number of Sprint handsets, including select Sprint PCS Multimedia Phones. Current Sprint PCS Vision subscribers using these models can download the Garmin Mobile application to their phone from Sprint PCS Vision and customers can subscribe to Garmin Mobile now for $9.99 per month.

Copyright 2005 by Space Daily, Distributed United Press International

Explore further: Going nuts? Turkey looks to pistachios to heat new eco-city

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

GPS cell phone apps challenge standalone devices

Nov 28, 2009

(AP) -- The growth of cell phones with global-positioning technology is making life uncertain for the makers of personal navigational devices that help drivers figure out where they are and where to go.

Suggestions for tech-happy holidays

Nov 25, 2009

The holiday season is as much a time for tech as for toys. Electronic gadgets are at the top of many wish lists and account for an ever-growing share of holiday shopping budgets. Fortunately for shoppers, tech gifts don't ...

Recommended for you

Android gains in US, basic phones almost extinct

11 hours ago

The Google Android platform grabbed the majority of mobile phones in the US market in early 2014, as consumers all but abandoned non-smartphone handsets, a survey showed Friday.

Five features an Amazon phone might offer (Update)

11 hours ago

A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

12 hours ago

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States.

User comments : 0

More news stories

LinkedIn membership hits 300 million

The career-focused social network LinkedIn announced Friday it has 300 million members, with more than half the total outside the United States.

Researchers uncover likely creator of Bitcoin

The primary author of the celebrated Bitcoin paper, and therefore probable creator of Bitcoin, is most likely Nick Szabo, a blogger and former George Washington University law professor, according to students ...

Impact glass stores biodata for millions of years

(Phys.org) —Bits of plant life encapsulated in molten glass by asteroid and comet impacts millions of years ago give geologists information about climate and life forms on the ancient Earth. Scientists ...