Not much there yet: http://www8.garmin.com/buzz/nuvifone/
I have keeping my eyes open on any Nuvifone details, also. Although I don't own an Apple iPhone, I do have a next door that does own a couple of these. I suspect that Garmin will have an agreement with AT&T requiring a minimum 2 year contract for BOTH voice and data, probably very similar to the iPhone I suspect. The bad thing for me with that arrangement is:
-I already have a Nextel through work
-I don't want to pay alot of money for a data plan
What I would actually be looking for is an unlocked Nuvifone that would:
-Allow pre-paid plan use, like T-Mobile To Go
-Work as a GPS independent for cell phone plans
Possibly a used Garmin Nuvifone would meet those requirement after someone else had owned it for a couple of years. On the other hand, I have heard and read about people that have "jail broken" iPhones. At first, I thought that only referred to the ability t o get service with another phone carrier, but now I realize that this refers to the ability to add applications that don't have the official approval of Apple.
Back to the Nuvifone, I have seen very little in the way of hard details on the Nuvifone. I think that they have ruled out the possibility of this being an Android device. I also read that it will be produced by Asus. In the meantime, I think that the closest anybody is goin to get to a Garmin Nuvifone at the moment is to buy a smartphone and install Garmin Mobile XT.
I have the same problem. AT&T is not available where I live so an iPhone is out.
I'm also wondering if they will charge a monthly fee for the navigation capabilities.
The nuvifone definitely will not have Android when it comes out, however it has been announced that later developments will use Android.
I'm sick of these long contracts and high monthly bills anyway. I've already got rid of the data plan and extras on my cell. When my contract is finally up in a few months I think I will just get a cheap phone with Bluetooth and a pay-as-you-go plan.
i dont get why people sign up for these things.
i bought an unlocked samsung, put garmin mobile XT on it. it works with the built in GPS chipset and doesnt use any data. i have maps for NA, mex, eu, asia, aus directly on it. in addition to 12 gigs of mp3s and movies.
i put it on a $50/year prepaid voice plan for emergency voice calls.
I put fring on it and enabled wifi for home and office with a skype number at $60/yr.
i can receive unlimited phone calls through skype and make unlimited phone calls from my phone using skype at home and office.
i can make emergency voice calls on the road. and also use skype on the road when i reach a hotel with wifi.
and it costs me a hundred bucks a YEAR.
those data+voice cell plans are like a hundred bucks a MONTH ... thats just stupid.
Sounds like a good idea!
I'm going to do something like that here.
We have CDMA here, not GSM. Does anyone know if you can use any CDMA phone with any CDMA provider or what the compatibility factors are? Do they make CDMA phones with built-in GPS chipsets?
This may help you find which phones from a given carrier will work https://my.garmin.com/gmbg/pickCarrier.faces
According to this forum, no.
Minimum requirements for Windows Mobile®, Palm® and Symbian® devices: Windows Mobile 5 or above operating system, 16MB program memory, 128MB storage card minimum (256MB or more recommended), 2GB storage card for full coverage
Dopod CHT 9100
Dopod CHT 9110
E-TEN glofiish M700
E-TEN glofiish X500
E-TEN glofiish X800
E-TEN InfoTouch G500
E-TEN InfoTouch G500+
Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket LOOX T810
Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket LOOX T830
Gigabyte g-Smart i300
Gigabyte g-Smart i350
HP iPAQ 600/610/612/614
HP iPAQ 900/910/912/914
HP iPAQ hw6510
HP iPAQ hw6515
HP iPAQ hw6910 / hw6920 / hw6940
HP iPAQ hw6915 / hw6925 / hw6945 / hw6965
HTC Advantage X7500
HTC Advantage X7501
HTC Touch Cruise
HTC TyTN II
izen Mobile Krma
izen Mobile KSMT
Mitac Mio A501
Mitac Mio A700
Mitac Mio A701
Mitac Mio A702
Motorola Q Global
Nokia 6110 Navigator
O2 XDA Orbit
Orange SPV M650
Orange SPV M700
T-Mobile MDA AMEO
T-Mobile MDA Compact III
T-Mobile MDA Vario III
Vodafone VPA Compact GPS
Vodafone VPA Compact V
Thanks for the info!
On the other hand, this forum states ..."you can use ANY Verizon capable phone on PagePlus, and any unlocked GSM phone on T-Mobile or Cingular. What you probably can't do is to use the web-browsing or e-mail functionality of the PDA on prepaid.
Of course you'll pay a lot for a PDA phone without getting a contract."
I think the key is to determine what smartphone has all of the features that you want. When I first started looking, I decided that I wanted:
-microSD data card slot
-wifi built in
As I continued my search I wanted to make sure that the GPS was SiRF Star III because it is a very sensitive chip.
I would like to ask you some questions, but you don't have your contacts enabled. Could you please contact me so I can email you back. Thanks - daniel
Can you please give a liitle more info on where you got the phone?
I assume the question was directed at Zurk.
Or was it directed at me?
oops! that was directed at Zurk
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