Thanks for the information.
You can buy the accessories, but not the phone itself.
Any idea when it'll be released?
Some reports are that it will be available by the end of this month.
Reported on 4-21-10 See Link below.
Was just asking somebody about this phone earlier this week. Heard a lot about it for a bit, but haven't heard a thing for a while.
Drool, drooling all over. Must have it,
I have the Garmin Nuvifone G60, which is carrier subsidy unlocked, and I use it on T-Mobile. It didn't get the best ratings, but I am happy with it. The forthcoming Garminfone will likely be better than my Nuvifone G60.
Thanks for the info.
I'm due to get a new phone soon and this might have to be on the short list.
The older Garmin Nuvifone G60 that I have took another price drop. It is now $179.99. I unlocked mine and it works just fine on T-Mobile.
There was even talk of models on Android, and models on Windows Mobile. Talk about satisfying everyone, huh ?
I'll try and test one as soon as they get deployed here in France...
I can hardly wait until my phone contract is up!
I got mine @ Costco with the 2year plan from TMobile and I payed $150.00 + taxes (of course, I would need to make the monthly payments to T Mobile)
$50.00 T-Mobile upgrade thru Amazon Wireless!
I upgraded from a G-1 Android, and so far I'm amazed. My only gripe is lack of spares (car cradles, etc.) availability, so I can conveniently swap unit between vehicles.
Amazing features and conveniences for being 1.6 Android!
DOES ANY BODY KNOWS HOW CAN I DOWNLOAD POI'S FILES TO MY NEW GARMINFONE???
You need to have POI Loader on your computer. You can download that from the www.garmin.com website.
Are there any good reviews on this phone? I have an old iPhone and it seems time to update to a more recent phone.
I still have the original Garmin Nuvifone G60 and despite its shortcomings, I like it pretty well. I knew when I bought it that it would be a good phone and a good GPS, but the other smartphone features would be lacking. Knowing that ahead of time probably prevented me from being disappointed.
I will get a Garminfone, but I will continue to wait for awhile until the price comes down more.
It seems to be an interesting split on comments on the Garminfone. It almost seems as if the people in the smartphone camp is avoiding it because it does not come with the latest operating system. Many with Android experience are quick to point out that Android phones already have Google maps. What they don't mention is what happens when they are out of cell phone coverage area. The after market applications like Co Pilot does address that, however.
Conversely, it seems like many people with GPS experience are stating that they prefer a stand alone GPS rather than a phone with a GPS built in. They often cite that stand alone GPSs are more feature rich, have a larger screen, etc.
I think an analogy could even be made between GPS functionality on a smartphone and other functions. For example, many (most) smartphones have a camera. While they probably don't have as many features as a separate camera, it is a popular feature on many smartphones.
I have the MP3 function on several phones that I own. I don't think any of them are as feature rich as many stand alone MP3 players, but I happen to think that it is pretty handy to have on the phone!
Here are some URLs to get you started.
Looks good, but want to await just a little to see what shortcomings surface (and when I save enough to get one).
I have it! And the more I play with it, the more I like most of the features. This evening, I spent some time reading the manual cover to cover. Finally figured out how to load supplemental maps and switch to them. This means foreign cities, topo maps, bluecharts, etc can be used. The internal memory is around 3gb, and the supplied North American map image is just over 1.12gb, so plenty of space. I am not sure just yet what the supplied map is, ie, what version, if it supports pedestrian mode and use of public transport, etc.
Called T-Mobile today and gave them the IMEI, they will be sending an unlock code so the phone will be SIM-Free. Will try it on AT&T's network just for grins to see how the data speeds compare.
As for the Navigation part, it works like a more an advanced NUVI, with Lane Assistance (very nice on big highways). Data connectivity means that you can access weather info, traffic, do Google Local seearches, etc. Let's hope that future NUVI devices do these things with other cell phones.
The Android is an older version as mentioned, but Garmin has promised to update it to the latest shortly. Some apps don't run, and obviously wifi tethering doesn't work because there seems to be no way to root the phone (yet). But some games work, and email works great. Even the android Facebook app is ok. The coolest thing though? Streaming Pandora on the highway into a car stereo while navigating!! That is awesome.
So, for $199, recommended!
Thank you for that great review! I am hoping to try Slacker Radio on the Garminfone when I get it. I think he ability to cache content would be nice.
Data connectivity means that you can access weather info, traffic, do Google Local seearches, etc. Let's hope that future NUVI devices do these things with other cell phones.
Yes, if they'd put wi-fi and a decent browser w/typing ability in the 1400 series I'd buy it yesterday. I don't need everything a smart phone offers and the data plans make cost of ownership formidable. There's enough free wi-fi around that I can live w/o 24/7 mobile access.
A 5" screen GPS with wi-fi and a basic phone w/text capability would do me just fine, even if it means toting two devices. A much cheaper alternative that ought to satisfy a fairly significant chunk of the market.
That was sort of what the 1820/1860 were to have been, but, of course, they never materialized. Or another way of looking at it might be essentially a Garmin Nuvi 1690 with wifi instead of cellular connectivity and the addition of a wifi browser. I suppose the Garmin Nuvi 295W is close, but then you did say decent browser!
Coming from another perspective, I have been sort of watching and waiting for the forthcoming Dell Streak (AKA Mini 5) to be offered for sale here in the United States. I think that with a good internal GPS, good software (Garmin Mobile PC maybe?), and a proper windshield mount, that this would make an excellent automobile GPS for many people.
Maybe, though ideally I'm looking to avoid the required data plans associated with smartphone-type devices. Verizon's the only decent service at my house and their mandatory data plans add $30/mth x 24 months to cost of ownership. That's $720 plus at least $100-$200 for the unit.
I'd rather spend +/-$300 for a robust feature set unit that's off the cell grid and is wi-fi only. Kind of an Android + GPS version of the iTouch. These features would shine with a slightly larger screen than I want on a phone. Data plan cost aside, I'd rather have two devices that each have ideal form factor designs for their purpose than one device whose form factor compromises on all fronts for the sake of multiple utility.
I am not sure just yet what the supplied map is, ie, what version, if it supports pedestrian mode and use of public transport, etc.
The map supplied with the garminfone is CN NORTH AMERICA NT 2010.40 @ least mine, It works just great but the only thing that I can not figure out is how to download the POI's just yet
I got an email from Garmin support about POIs. Just run the loader. It creates a directory and puts the files there. Mapsource works to add supplemental maps as well!
Tonight, bro-in-law let me use his Rhapsody account. Streaming Rhapsody! Pandora's app works better, but both are really neat.
T-Mobile, I had the Sidekick with the data only plan due to hearing impairment. If they offer a data only plan on this, I may be interested.
And there are those that believe King Kong lives. Some of the guesses are probably pretty good, but then again, it's their opinion.
Tonight, bro-in-law let me use his Rhapsody account. Streaming Rhapsody! Pandora's app works better, but both are really neat.
And better yet, I discover (I been way behind of telephones and aps )Slacker radio, where Pandora's is great I agree but Slacker to me is even better...give it a try.
Just keeps getting better doesn't it!
The phones themselves could still be used, even if T-Mobile goes under, though the alternative isn't pretty (to many people).
The article predicting T-mobile's end says "dead or merged" - the latter would be far, far more likely than the former. Even in the former, subscribers and networks would be among the assets picked up by other carriers, so life would go on for T-mobile users.
I have a T-mobile exclusive Nokia "Nuron" 5230 smartphone which I chose largely on the basis of the subscription-free GPS maps (a Nokia feature, not T-mobile) - including street, topo, & aerial photo, which I have found to be very nice. The internal GPSr isn't quite up to Geocaching accuracy, but using it with an inexpensive Bluetooth GPSr fixes that.
TMobile is one of the world's largest cell carriers. They have a huge customer base in the US Market, so it would be insane to merge or close their doors. The policies of Sprint and Verizon make them unfeasible as carriers for early adopters, and AT&T's new data plans make them expensive for folks who use alot of data. The beauty of TMobile is that their system works and is reasonably priced.
That said, the Garminfone is unlockable. And TMobile does it for free, so if they were to go under, simply unlcok it and move to AT&T. Or sell the unlcoked phone overseas and go for Sprint or Verizon and be stuck with whatever phone they want you to use. (I have a bunch of GSM phones and switch sometimes twice in a day, all depends on my need at that moment)
My computer does not recognize this phone. It can see only the simcard and the sd card.
I suggest using IE as if you use Firefox it doesn't display correctly or read the phone's connection from usb properly. You might also want to make sure you have the proper drivers installed. This is also the most recent map available for download. CN North America NT 2011.10 ALL
I do hav POI loader and in fact I do have the icons and they show on proximity to them but still no sound alerting of the icon...any body knows how can I do this???
Thanks a lot:FRGG
I am on pre-paid plan and do not se any traffic update. How does the traffic update works?
Nuvi 765T has a traffic receiver. But this Garminfone has a regular car charger.
If I'm not mistaking, it receives the updates over the 3G network and satellites aswell so is always updating over and over.
Mine have the same issue. The POI show on map but no sound alert what so ever.
Need to call Garmin tech for that.
Anybody know how or way to work around?
The traffic update thought 3G network/internet plans and wifi connection only. I don't think it'll update thought satellites or FM traffic receiver.
Garmin OS update to 'almost' latest android OS is here!!!
The new interface is awesome. Check out the discussion on the forums. Any doubts about the phone base on OS are no longer an issue.
I followed info there and was able to root my phone- allows easy mod of files, poi's etc.
I just did the update last night and I like it.
Garminfone 2.1 update is available now!
Garminfone Android 2.1 Software Update
An Android 2.1 (“Éclair”) software update is available for Garminfone users today via download from a PC or Mac. This update provides Garminfone users with an expanded Android experience on their device, continuing the fully-integrated Garmin premium navigation experience.
This update delivers a number of new features, including:
* Expanded compatibility with applications on Android Market
* New preloaded widgets including Android Market, Phone, Picture Frame and YouTube
* The choice of two home screen layouts
Existing Garminfone layout
Four-panel Android layout (three customizable Android panels in addition to Garmin navigation panel)
This software update requires you to connect your Garminfone to your computer and follow the steps below to complete the update.
Copying .update file to your Garminfone
1. Download the software update package for your Garminfone which can be found here:
2. Connect your Garminfone to your computer using the USB cable provided in your box
3. On the device, select "File Transfer" mode when the "USB connected" dialog appears
4. On the computer, double-click on the Garminfone icon displayed on your computer
* Windows Users: You can find this icon in My Computer
* Mac Users: You can find this icon on your desktop
5. Copy the .update file from your computer to the device. The .update file must be placed in a /Garmin/Update folder.
Note: If the Update folder does not exist, right-click within the Garmin folder, select New Folder, and name it “Update”. Please note the capitalization as it is important.
Note: Do not change the name of the file when copying to the folder.
1. Once the transfer is complete, please Exit File Transfer Mode by sliding down the notification bar from the top of your phone's screen, touching USB File Transfer Mode, and touching 'Yes'.
2. Remove your device from the computer.
* Note: It is important to safely remove the device from your computer in order for the file copy to be successful
Updating your device
Once you have ejected the Garminfone from your computer, the UpdateLauncher application will display.
Note: Please ensure that your Garminfone is connected to a power source during the entire update process.
1. When the UpdateLauncher application displays a prompt to apply the update, select "OK" and the update process will begin.
* Note: If you see a message stating that the system version is the same as the system update file, select "Yes" to proceed.
2. Leave device undisturbed until update is finished. The device will reboot itself into the update mode and then reboot to the lock screen.
3. When you see the lock screen, your device has been updated.
Here is additional information:
Question: How do I upgrade my T-Mobile Garminfone to Android 2.1 (Eclair)?
A new software upgrade is available for the T-Mobile Garminfone that will upgrade the Android Operating System to Android 2.1 (Eclair). To upgrade your phone, please follow these steps:
Downloading the .update file to your computer
Click 'Software Updates'
Download the 'Android 2.1 (Eclair) Update' for your Garminfone to your computer
Copying .update file to Garminfone
Connect your Garminfone to your computer using the USB cable provided in your box
On the device, select "File Transfer" mode when the "USB connected" dialog appears
On the computer, double-click on the Garminfone icon displayed on your computer
Windows Users: You can find this icon in My Computer
Mac Users: You can find this icon on your desktop
Copy the .update file from your computer to the device. The .update file must be placed in a /Garmin/Update folder. Do not rename the file.
Note: If the update folder does not exist, right-click within the Garmin folder, select New Folder, and name it "Update". Please note the capitalization as it is important.
Once the transfer is complete, please Exit File Transfer Mode by sliding down the notification bar from the top of your phone's screen, touching USB File Transfer Mode, and touching 'Yes'.
Remove your device from the computer.
Note: It is important to safely remove the device from your computer in order for the file copy to be successful
Updating your device
Note: Please ensure that the Garminfone is connected to a power source during the entire update process.
When the UpdateLauncher application displays a prompt to apply the update, select "OK" and the update process will begin.
Note: If you see a message stating that the system version is the same as the system update file select, "Yes" to proceed.
Leave device undisturbed until update is finished. The device will reboot itself into the update mode and then reboot to the lock screen.
When you see the lock screen, your device will be updated.
Once you have completed these steps your Garminfone should work normally.
Last modified on: 12/01/2010
Doing this now. Will post how well (or not) that it works. I am glad Garmin put this together, as there are quite a number of Android features that only work with the newer OS.
Just an FYI...
So far, TMobile never contacted me about unlocking the Garminfone, which is kind of wierd, since they are usually good about that.
I have successfully run various Garmin maps on the phone, and though updating it is a bit tricky, it is running the latest City Navigator North America NT 2011.40 maps. The files don't end up in the right place when updating with mapsource, and you have to copy them to .System.
Best thing... Z4Root!!! This app gives you superuser access to the phone in Android 2.1. And...wireless tether works now,making it the best Tmobile phone I have ever owned. Web pages download snappily on the Ipad when wifiing through the Garminfone. Neat stuff.
.....So far, TMobile never contacted me about unlocking the Garminfone, which is kind of weird, since they are usually good about that.....
I have had my Garminfone and other phones unlocked. Some have been AT&T phones and others have been T-Mobile. I have never had either one call back or email. I have always had to call them back to get my unlock codes. I am glad you mentioned the tethering. Now I just might be motivated to root my Garminfone.
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