GPS Predictions For 2009

 

Which ones do you think will come true, and which ones would you like to add?

I think a lot of no name brands will go out of the nav biz as the big names have lowered prices.

http://www.gpstracklog.com/gps_tracklog/2008/12/gps-predicti...

Prices will continue to

Prices will continue to plummet due to cell phones having this feature.

Most of what he has predicted makes sense to me

Most of what he has predicted makes sense based on what he wrote about them. Time will tell but I would not be surprised to see a lot of them come true.

I cannot see pricing going much lower than the current pricing. There has to be a decent margin to allow a Company to stay in business, provide support and develop new products.

Most of the units I see that are priced under $150 appear to be a indication of dumping and clearing out the overstock before shutting down operations. It kind of reminds me of the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray battle about a year ago. Toshiba started to price there equipment at $99 which was much lower than the Blu-ray competition and everyone was predicting that it would force Blu-ray to follow along but they held a decent price and Toshiba folded the HD-DVD tent within about three months. It's real hard to make things work by giving the product away at a loss. You cannot make up for a loss on each one sold by increasing volume because that just makes the loss a lot greater.

I prefer to buy from a Company that charges a reasonable price on a good product and will be around later if I need them.

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GM Built-in Navigation system - Samsung S6 Edge+ Smartphone with Garmin Viago, Google Maps & HERE Apps

junk predictions

Ouija Board predictions at best, as long as the cell phone rein supreme the GPSr market will plummet.
The economy will not stabilize for months if not a year, as long as it's in trouble watch for GPSr's to keep falling in price, the day of paying more than $200.00 bucks for a GPSr are over.

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rjrsw

Most of the units I see that are priced under $150 appear to be a indication of dumping and clearing out the overstock before shutting down operations.

As far as company's dumping stock before closing up,what about the nuvi 200? are you saying Garmin is getting ready to close up?

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Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.

I said Most of the units under $150 not all of the units

BobDee wrote:
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rjrsw
Most of the units I see that are priced under $150 appear to be a indication of dumping and clearing out the overstock before shutting down operations.

As far as company's dumping stock before closing up,what about the nuvi 200? are you saying Garmin is getting ready to close up?

If you read what I wrote I said "Most" of the units under $150 not all of the units under $150. The Garmin 200 series is nearing the end of their sale's lifespan and have already been replaced with the 205 series. The 200 series is Garmin's base featured starter model and is their price point leader model with a suggested MSRP of $199.99 USD.

Garmin 200 basic featured model at Amazon is going for over $150:

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-200-3-5-Inch-Portable-Navigator...

The GPS units being dumped that I was referring to are the units from other manufacturer's with lots of upgrade features including TTS, Bluetooth and free traffic and they are being sold at under $150 and a number of them are well under $100.

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GM Built-in Navigation system - Samsung S6 Edge+ Smartphone with Garmin Viago, Google Maps & HERE Apps

Nuvi Phone

A Nuvi phone would be interesting..would it sit in a cradle on my dash?

would it sit in a cradle on my dash?

cyberagent wrote:

A Nuvi phone would be interesting..would it sit in a cradle on my dash?

The sample NUVi Phone they showed at recent events showed it with a cradle that would mount in a horizontal position just like the current nuvi 7xx and 8xx series does.

Link to more info:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtD4USzpoLI

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/18070

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GM Built-in Navigation system - Samsung S6 Edge+ Smartphone with Garmin Viago, Google Maps & HERE Apps

Nuviphone

Unless the Nuviphone is being developed by a third party, I give it a 0% chance of succeeding.

Garmin can't even get their GPS devices to work perfectly, and yet they expect to push out a full fledged cell phone with GPS capability. Yeah, right!

Yup

GadgetGuy2008 wrote:

Unless the Nuviphone is being developed by a third party, I give it a 0% chance of succeeding.

Garmin can't even get their GPS devices to work perfectly, and yet they expect to push out a full fledged cell phone with GPS capability. Yeah, right!

Don't forget on the G3 Network, that Apple & AT&T struggle with.

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Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.

Huh?

rjrsw wrote:
BobDee wrote:
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rjrsw
Most of the units I see that are priced under $150 appear to be a indication of dumping and clearing out the overstock before shutting down operations.

As far as company's dumping stock before closing up,what about the nuvi 200? are you saying Garmin is getting ready to close up?

The 200 series is Garmin's base featured starter model and is their price point leader model with a suggested MSRP of $199.99 USD.

Garmin 200 basic featured model at Amazon is going for over $150:

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-200-3-5-Inch-Portable-Navigator...

The GPS units being dumped that I was referring to are the units from other manufacturer's with lots of upgrade features including TTS, Bluetooth and free traffic and they are being sold at under $150 and a number of them are well under $100.

If you paid more than 120.00 and thats a lot for a Nuvi 200 this Christmas you deserve a visit with Dr. Garmin, bring your own KY!

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5799321

Garmin is going nowhere fast but down!
Garmin is a consumer goods manufacturing company trying to sell an overpriced product in a badly depressed consumer market, with to many cell phones doing the same job. it wouldn't bother me to see Garmin fail in the least, I would even lose a wink of sleep. just grab another brand and skate on.
I have four that I use know with others on the shelf in my closet.

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Using Android Based GPS.The above post and my sig reflects my own opinions, expressed for the purpose of informing or inspiring, not commanding. Naturally, you are free to reject or embrace whatever you read.

Huh?

BobDee wrote:

Garmin is going nowhere fast but down!
Garmin is a consumer goods manufacturing company trying to sell an overpriced product in a badly depressed consumer market, with to many cell phones doing the same job. it wouldn't bother me to see Garmin fail in the least, I would even lose a wink of sleep. just grab another brand and skate on.
I have four that I use know with others on the shelf in my closet.

BobDee,
Can you explain why would you, as you have clearly stated above, when you have such a obvious distain for Garmin and their "overpriced product" and a love for what you have clearly stated many times in other threads to be what you feel are the superior valued Navigon units then go out and buy overpriced Garmin units as gifts and it appears maybe soon also for yourself instead of one of the Navigon's?

The following quote was posted by you just yesterday in the "What GPS Did You Get For Christmas?" thread:

"None for myself
Bought two for Gifts, Nuvi 270's.

For myself, I am waiting for either the next generation beyond nuvi or the middle of January where I think the price will be at rock bottom on all nuvi's, if not I will wait. I am in no hurry to be screwed by Garmin this year or any year, been at this for to long to take the suckers bet.

Magellan buying up Mio will be very intersting, I look into what they have coming to the table in the near future.

After all Good things come to those that wait."

The above quote taken from the last posting on page 1 posted by you at the following link:
http://www.poi-factory.com/node/19406

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GM Built-in Navigation system - Samsung S6 Edge+ Smartphone with Garmin Viago, Google Maps & HERE Apps

I think they will come down

I think they will come down to $99 GPS's.....Cheap and easy to use. I see that w/ these NETBOOKS. In fact I bought one this Xmas for 350.00 and it's awesome.