...and paying a monthly fee for GPS service on top of it. What was Garmin thinking?
They were not thinking clearly.
just a few years too late to be relevant.
And AT&T to boot.
That can only make things worse, as well as being few years too late to be relevant, as jav007 said!
Prior to articles I have read today, I thought both the M20 and G60 would be coming to the US, but now I realize that only the G60 is coming here. I want to see one, so I guess I will stop at an AT&T store sometime soon. I, on the other hand, am not willing to pay the monthly 2 year contract on on of these. If these prove to have the lackluster sales that many people seem to be predicting, then the price will come down. If I can get buy of these used after they have been out for a while and get it subsidy unlocked, I will just install my T-Mobile To Go (pre-paid) SIM card and I will be all set. As much as I like my Pharos GPS Phone 600 with Garmin Mobile XT now, this looks to be a little bit nicer.
I was also comparing and contrasting the features to my Garmin Mobile XT which has Garmin Online:
-Google Local Search
Included Connected Services
Connected Services save time and clicks by seamlessly delivering localized content through the AT&T 3G network.
* Yellow Pages – Search for and navigate to businesses in your area with one-click to voice prompted directions.
* Flight Status – Quick access to flight departure/ arrival times and gate information.
* Converter – Convert currencies, measurements or temperature.
* Ciao!™ Location-based Social Networking platform that integrates compatible social networks into one easy-to-use interface
Premium Connected Services
(Available with subscription)
* Traffic – Receive alerts for traffic delays and road construction on your route.
* White Pages – Search by business name or first/last name.
* Weather – Current and five-day forecasts tailored for your current location.
* Movies – Find a movie by theater location or movie title and navigate to the theater
* Local Events – Search for local events, concerts, theater performances and more, then navigate to them.
* Fuel Prices – Search for the best fuel prices near your location then, with one click, navigate to the chosen station.
It is interesting to me that Mobile XT has many of those things for free, but Nuvifone has a number of things "available with subscription". I would be surprised if many people would pay another $5.99 per month for that on top of a data plan, unless this is instead of a full data plan?
I did stop by an AT&T store today (Friday, 10-02-2009) and checked one of these out. It seems like a pretty slick device. The salesman told me that they just arrived today, but can't be sold until Sunday, 10-04-2009. I do want one, but I won't pay the current going price for it. I will wait until the price comes down or buy one used. I think he said the no contract price is $549.99.
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