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TomTom Car Kit for iPhone now available in the UK
- — 26 September, 2009 00:01
The unit, which does not include the TomTom for iPhone application, is available to order with a shipping time listed as 2-3 weeks and promises safe and secure docking and the freedom to take calls on the move and play your favourite tunes over your car stereo.
Initially, the original Apple Store ad read: "You get both the TomTom navigation app for your iPhone 3GS or 3G and the docking kit to hold your iPhone securely in place on your dashboard or windscreen."
However, TomTom confirmed earlier that the app is separate to the car kit.
"The TomTom car kit will be available this October and will be sold separately from the TomTom app. It will be compatible with the iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS," TomTom said.
The makers claim the TomTom car kit's built-in receiver increases GPS performance even in high-rise urban areas.
The TomTom application, is available from the iTunes app store now, and includes the 'exclusive' IQ Routes technology assumptions, which bases its routes on the actual experience of millions of TomTom drivers to calculate the fastest route and generate the most accurate arrival times in the industry says the company.
The technology empowers drivers to reach their destination faster up to 35 per cent of the time says TomTom.
The TomTom application comes with an extensive safety camera database including verified safety camera information in 11 European countries. Drivers are informed ahead of time about any safety cameras on their route, encouraging road safety, while saving money on fines at the same time.
Other features include fast route planning and clear voice instructions, automatic re-routing if a turn is missed, route demo or map of route when trip planning and the latest Tele Atlas maps for each specific application and area.
Multiple display options include iPhone landscape and portrait navigation view, night and day colour mode for optimised screen visibility in varying light conditions and the ability to change view settings with the option of 2D or 3D map displays.
TomTom for iPhone adds multi-touch gestures such as tap, swipe, pinch and zoom to operate the application and zoom in and out of the map and easy navigation to contacts in address book, while the user interface is available in 18 languages.
Available from the Apple iTunes App Store TomTom UK & Ireland costs £59.99 and requires the iPhone 3.0 Software Update.TomTom currently offer similar iPhone applications covering US and Canada (£59.99), Western Europe (£79.99), Australia (£44.99) and New Zealand (£54.99).Mobile phone buying advice
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