AT&T posted a free application called AT&T Navigator that, for $10 a month, give turn-by-turn navigation on the iPhone 3G or 3GS with iPhone 3.0 OS. It looks like you download a regional map and the AT&T pushes turn information to the phone.
Initial reviews are screaming at the monthly charge. It seems pretty excessive for such limited capability. There are some reviews from folks who like it but note that the maps are slow.
See for yourself in iTunes:
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$10 per month? No thanks.
If you factor in $60/year for map updates and $60/year for a traffic subscription, the pricing is OK.
If they insist on streaming the map data like Google maps for mobile, the service will be very poor. If they download the map data and periodically update the maps, it has the potential for being a very good service.
Does this count as part of a data plan, or is the data required included in the monthly charge - which does seem high.
And if you lose your cell signal you lose your gps, not such a good Idea to take advantage of a free application that's actuallt dressed in wolves clothing, charging you $10.00 a month for your free app Remember if it's free, look for the small print,hidden fee's if you find none chances are it's still not free.
I would wait for price drop or when this service is bundled with other plan packages. Thinking you can not do internet browsing and GPS navigation at same time, so discount should be given.
Ouch @ that price!!
On top of the basic fees and with tax and fees, that can add up to be very expensive.
I recently used the AT&T Navigator for 30 days as part of a free trial and actually liked the service, but couldn't bring myself to pay the $10 a month subscription fee when quality GPS units can be found for under $200. The way I see it, I pay enough to AT&T as is, so instead of renting their GPS service, I decided to buy one.
Wait a minute... my understanding is that the new iPhone 3GS comes with TomTom GPSr module built into it. I was hoping that it works the same way like other GPSr units work... that is: free, really free. Why is it still not free? Also, it's interesting to see the word 'free' and $10/month in the same sentence. Free apps for $10/month
It is the maps/data you will be constantly downloading that costs!
So... what is the difference between 3G and 3GS navigation? They look the same to me. They're both assisted GPS.
iPhones have a GPSr chip. They include a Google Maps application that will overlay your position over a Google map and/or satellite photo. It also includes traffic data.
There are many iPhone applications that take advantage of the GPS technology. Most use it to locate your position to help find local services. Others will track your path traveled. Apple requires that any maps used by an application be licensed. This usually means you will pay for the maps you use.
Many Apple iPhone apps are free to install but the use of extra services can be an extra charge. For example, in medicine there are free applications to organize your reference titles (such as drug guides and dictionaries) but you must pay for the titles you want to use.
The maps in your stand-alone GPSr may not have a monthly charge but they are not free. They are either purchased or licensed from the mapping company. That cost was included in the cost of the unit.
The Tom-Tom GPS will require downloading its maps. They are also creating a cradle for the phone to incorporate speakerphone and power input.
So, we don't get charged monthly fee to use TomTom for iPhone. We pay a one time fee instead (for the map) and after that we can use it just like any other GPSr units. Did I get that right?
Sounds, to me, like it's just another way to rip you off.
• Pay for the phone
• Pay for the monthly phone service
• Pay for the monthly data service
• Pay for the monthly map use
Oops - where did that soap box come from? Sorry. I think I'll stick to my Nuvi.
On several occasion it was clear that the GPS had determined my location but I couldn't download the map data on AT&T because their 3G and Edge networks were not available. I would have rather the map data stored on my phone just have to receive the GPS signals.
The Tom Tom unit is not yet for sale but their descriptions make no mention of monthly access fees. I suspect you will download maps of your needed areas to the phone. We don't yet know their policy for map updates.
The Iphone has probably the best GPS chip available today, with the lowest power requirements in the market place. Apple software and AT&T have rendered the GPS chip crippled by commands coming from within layers of the software and depends on data dumps into the maps. The Iphone software prevents independent GPS use and requires a internet connection or data from AT&T to operate.
gpsOne is a position location technology developed by SnapTrack, a subsidiary of Qualcomm. GpsOne is an A-GPS technology, meaning it uses GPS satellites in conjunction with land-based stations (towers) to determine a phone?s location.
Phones with gpsOne can receive raw signals directly from GPS satellites, but require a live connection to a network-based location server to do so. The location server helps the phone find the correct satellites. The location server also processes the raw signals and makes the final calculations that determine location.
gpsOne is integrated into most Qualcomm CDMA chipsets, and is the position location technology used by most CDMA carriers.
AT&T Navigator for iPhone
AT&T Navigator transforms your iPhone 3G and 3G S into a voice-guided GPS navigation system for traveling across the country and just across town.
For iPhone 3G with 3.0 OS and iPhone 3G S
* Voice-guided and 3D onscreen GPS navigation keeps your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road
* Automatic rerouting will get you there even if you miss a turn
* Regular map updates are automatic and included so you never have to purchase updates
* Real-time traffic updates and one click rerouting saves you time on your daily commute
* Searching for gas by price saves you money at the pump
* Enter an address from your iPhone or from the convenience of your computer before leaving home. Search AT&T Navigator for the closest coffee house, ATM or Wi-Fi hotspot along with ratings from a listing of over 10 million business listings
$9.99/mo subscription. The monthly fee will appear on your AT&T wireless bill.
get this in place of a real gps unit?
Mapsets will be bundled with the app software, says Murray. For example, if you want North America, you will purchase the app version that includes the North America mapset. They will be downloaded and installed together on purchase. If you want a mapset for Europe, you will need to purchase the European version of the app,and you will have separate apps on your phone for each region.
For those interested, read more:
Way too expensive for service dependent on a data link that may go up and down as you drive.
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