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TomTom GO 300/500/700 - TomTom Rider - TomTom Navigator 5
TomTom Mobile 5 - TomTom PLUS







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As there is a lot of information to digest, here are the full press releases for your perusal. Depending on the number of questions we can start threads in the respective forums.


"ALL IN ONE" - TomTom GO 300/500/700 - >>DISCUSSION THREAD<<
TomTom Unveils New TomTom GO Range with Hands-free Functionality, Connectivity and Improved Map Coverage

CeBIT, 10 March 2005 – TomTom, a leading navigation solution provider, today announces the launch of a new range of the award-winning TomTom GO all-in-one navigation device.

The new range is comprised of three models (TomTom GO 700, TomTom GO 500, TomTom GO 300) and provides a navigation solution to meet all users’ needs.

“The world is constantly on the move and the new GO range ensures that people have a smart, easy-to-use car navigation solution to help them stop searching and start finding,” said Harold Goddijn, TomTom’s chief executive officer. “No other navigation system delivers so much performance and so many cutting edge features at the price points that TomTom GO offers. Navigation is personal, so we have created three models with distinct feature sets to meet the varying needs of our customers.”

TomTom GO 700
The TomTom GO 700 is TomTom’s full feature, top of the line all-in-one navigation device. It was developed for the most demanding consumers who want the fullest navigation experience.

TomTom GO 700 is equipped with voice communication capabilities that enable it to be used as a hands-free kit for Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. By connecting to the driver’s phone via Bluetooth wireless technology, the driver can safely and comfortably take and make calls while navigating from A to B.

The hands-free functionality works so easily that your phone can even be in your bag or pocket. Simply tap the GO screen to accept a call or to make one and talk through the GO while you drive. The TomTom GO 700 routes calls automatically from your mobile phone through the integrated speaker and microphone with professional sound quality, while the screen continues to show you where to go. You can make calls in the same way, and you can even access your mobile’s phonebook through the GO.

The unique integration of GO and your phone is seamless and users will benefit from the bigger screen and clearer UI (User Interface) than is found on mobile phones and hands-free kits. With this feature, there is no need to fit costly phone specific hands-free kits that are time consuming and expensive to install and that need to be re-installed when either the car or the phone is exchanged.

The TomTom GO 700 has a high capacity internal hard disk that comes pre-installed with full, street level maps for Western and Eastern Europe. As a result, driving door-to-door across Europe is now completely seamless. The TomTom GO 700 gives you door-to-door spoken and on screen instructions anywhere from Lisbon to London, from Brussels to Bologna.

A remote control comes standard with the GO 700. Ergonomically designed for maximum driver and passenger comfort, the remote control can now be used whilst driving to ensure drivers’ eyes are kept firmly on the road.

The TomTom GO 700 can access the TomTom PLUS information services through a suitable Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. (see separate press release) TomTom PLUS is a bundle of services that provide real time information on traffic congestions, weather conditions and extra downloads such as detailed city maps, additional voices, points of interest and much more.

TomTom GO 500
The TomTom GO 500 comes with pre installed detailed map of your country connected to the Major Roads of Europe map all pre-installed on an SD card. You can go door-to-door across entire country and can seamlessly find your way to any town across Europe using the Major Roads of Europe map.

In addition, TomTom GO 500 has the same hands-free functionality as TomTom GO 700 via Bluetooth-enabled phones. A remote control can be bought separately for the TomTom GO 500. Additionally, TomTom GO 500 is ready for TomTom PLUS services through a suitable Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

TomTom GO 300
Completing the new GO range is TomTom GO 300. TomTom GO 300 features all the great navigation of the award-winning TomTom GO at an accessible price.

TomTom GO 300 offers the latest street-level map of your country that includes details for each town and city.

Additionally, it is ready for TomTom PLUS services through a suitable Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

IMPROVED SOFTWARE:
Building on the features that made the original TomTom GO so popular, the new TomTom GO range comes with improved and expanded software and remains as easy to use as ever. New features include
• Itinerary planning to allow multiple stops on a journey
• Location finding using full postal codes in The Netherlands and Great Britain
• New routing calculation options (fastest route, shortest route, avoid toll roads)
• Updated and improved fully connected maps. Allows cross- border planning from and to nearly all streets in Europe and the United States
• Over 50 new voices and 18 new languages including Polish, Czech, Turkish, Serbian, Croatian, Australian, Greek and Russian†3
• Automatic adjustment in volume of the voice instruction based on changes in car speed
• A demonstration view that lets you test and review your trip before you actually start driving
• Millions of points of interest including parking, petrol stations, hotels and restaurants with an optional automatic alert option as you approach one.

Pricing & Availability:
The new GO devices will be available from major retailers from mid April 2005. Pricing will be announced shortly.


BIKING - Get Your Motor Running with TomTom’s Easy RIDER - >>DISCUSSION THREAD<<

~ TomTom Unveils Portable Navigation System on Two Wheels ~

CeBIT, 10 March 2005 – TomTom today announces the launch of TomTom RIDER, the first ever all-in-one navigation solution designed specifically for drivers of motorcycles and scooters.

Completely plug and ride, the smart and easy to use TomTom RIDER is the perfect partner for anyone looking to explore and tour the open road or the urban jungle on their motorcycle or scooter. It comes in a tough weather-proof case and fixes easily to any motorbike or scooter and is easily transferable from one bike to another.

TomTom RIDER features a simple, easy-to-use touch screen that has been designed to work even with gloves, as well as an anti-glare and integrated sun-visor that ensures the best view of the screen possible. It’s also portable that you can put it in your bag and take it with you when you’re not on your motorcycle or scooter. TomTom RIDER also provides up to 5 hours of constant driving, powered by its built in Lithium-ion battery.

Additionally, TomTom RIDER’s design matches the sleek look and feel of the best motorbikes and scooters in the world.

“TomTom RIDER will redefine what it is like for scooter riders or bikers to easily find their way in any urban jungle or explore any open road in Europe,” said Harold Goddijn, TomTom’s chief executive officer. “Just fix the case on your motorcycle or scooter, turn it on and go.”

TomTom RIDER includes full-featured, detailed maps pre-installed on a memory card and spoken instructions that provide turn-by-turn voice instructions in the rider’s choice of 30 languages. A comfortable headset that fits in a helmet works wirelessly via Bluetooth to make sure TomTom RIDER’s vocal instructions are as clear as possible. Riders can seamlessly navigate door-to-door to any location in their country or region, as well as find their way to any town in Europe using TomTom’s Major Roads of Europe map.

Riders can also choose their preferred route type, for example avoiding motorways, as well as shortest and fastest routes to get the most out of the motorbike driving experience. TomTom RIDER users can also access the TomTom PLUS information services (see separate press release) through a suitable Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. TomTom PLUS is a bundle of services that provide real time information on traffic congestions and weather conditions and extra downloads such as detailed city maps, additional voices, points of interest and much more.

Other features of TomTom RIDER include:
• Hands free calling via a Bluetooth connection to your mobile phone
• Itinerary planning to allow multiple stops on a journey
• Location finding using full postal codes in the Netherlands and Great Britain
• New routing calculation options (fastest, shortest, avoid toll roads) which can be tested and reviewed before a journey starts
• Over 50 new voices and 16 new languages including Polish, Czech, Turkish, Serbian, Croatian, Greek, Russian and even an Australian accent
TomTom RIDER comes with a docking kit and power cable to connect to the motorbike or scooter battery, various mounting options, a Bluetooth headset to fit inside a helmet and pre-installed country map.

TomTom RIDER will be available from Summer 2005. Pricing is not yet determined.



PDA - TomTom Launches TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 for PDAs


CeBIT, 10 March 2005 – TomTom, a leading navigation solution provider, today announced a new and improved version of its award-winning navigation software solution, TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 for PDAs. An advanced and powerful navigation tool, TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 will turn users’ PDAs into a personal assistant on the road.

TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 (available in both a wired and wireless version) offers users updated features for easy and stress-free travel, in the car or on foot. TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 features an improved Itinerary Planner for planning multi-destination trips, seamless integration with a PDA’s contacts folder, customisable Points of Interest (POI’s), the latest maps* and the new TomTom PLUS services. NAVIGATOR 5 is TomTom’s most comprehensive navigation solution for PDAs to date.

“NAVIGATOR 5 is far beyond any other navigation solution available on a handheld device and is a must have for any PDA user,” said Harold Goddijn, TomTom’s chief executive officer. “New features such as enhanced map coverage, downloadable maps, as well as the ability to plan journeys according to the quickest and shortest routes will ensure our customers the same impeccable navigation experience they have come to expect from TomTom.”

The wireless version of NAVIGATOR 5 will also feature TomTom’s new Bluetoothtm GPS receiver (a small and lightweight device that can be placed in the pocket or a bag). This provides better than ever sensitivity for picking up GPS signals.

With the improved Itinerary Planner users can now also plan more complex routes to multiple destinations and add more stopping points on the journey. Customers simply need to pre-programme the stopping points before they depart and TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 will calculate the best route, incorporating each stop on the way to the end destination.

In addition, seamless integration into the PDAs contact folder allows users to plan journeys with information taken directly from their address book for improved functionality and intuitiveness.

TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 includes:
• TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 software and a pre-installed map of your region on SD card
• TomTom Bluetooth GPS receiver (only with wireless version)
• AC home charger and/or cigarette lighter charger for the GPS receiver

TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 is available in the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, as well as the United States of America.

TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 is compatible with various accessories including the TomTom Holders and Carkits. Accessory maps are the ideal tool for planning European wide routes including cross-border navigation, making travelling as easy as a trip to the high street.

UPGRADE PROGRAMME:
Existing owners of TomTom Navigator 3, TomTom Navigator 2, TomTom Navigator for palmOne, and the TomTom HP Navigation Packs for the HP iPAQ rz1710 Pocket PC and HP iPAQ hx2110 will be able to download for free the TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 software from the TomTom website (www.tomtom.com) when TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 is available.

COMPATIBILITY:
PocketPC, PalmOne

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY:
TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 is available from May 2005 at major retailers across Europe. The pricing for the wireless GPS and wired GPS versions will be announced shortly.


SMARTPHONE - TomTom Launches First Truly Personal Navigation Solution

~TomTom MOBILE 5 is the world’s first navigation solution for getting from A to B by car, walking or even on bike ~

Cannes, 14 February 2005 - TomTom, Europe’s leading navigation solution provider, today announces the launch of the world’s first ever truly personal navigation system for advanced mobile phones with the launch of TomTom MOBILE 5.

Using a new TomTom GPS receiver, incorporating the latest high sensitivity technology, TomTom MOBILE 5 provides an easy to use and smart navigation solution that helps consumers to find their way with their smartphones. This provides door to door, accurate navigation anywhere in your country and even around city centers and towns whether walking, driving or cycling.

“TomTom MOBILE 5 is a major step forward in terms of personal navigation and responds to the growing opportunities in the smartphone market.” said Harold Goddijn, TomTom’s chief executive officer. “For the first time satellite navigation has been extended outside the car and into the hands of anyone who needs to find their way from A to B whichever mode of transport they choose. This is another step forward for TomTom and will make life easier for consumers and underlines our position as the market leader for personal navigation solutions.”

WHAT’S NEW:
Incorporating TomTom’s award-winning easy-to-use navigation software, the latest version includes:
• Find the quickest route with an estimated time of arrival
• Route planning: for fastest, shortest, pedestrian, bicycle and moped routes
• Postcode support (UK & Netherlands only)
• Full integration into the mobile phone menu to allow navigation to
a destination from the contacts stored in a mobile phone
• Supports real-time traffic and up-to-date weather information
• Full itinerary support, plan routes to multiple destinations and add stopping points on the journey
• Download extra maps as and when they are needed

Other features include: the ability to make calls while continuing to get visual route instructions; 3D map view; night and day view settings and customizable Points of Interest (POI) and additional maps, downloadable from http://www.tomtom.com.

HOW IT WORKS:
Installing TomTom MOBILE 5 simply involves inserting a memory card with pre-installed maps and software into a smartphone. TomTom’s new Bluetoothtm wireless GPS receiver (a small, lightweight device that can be placed in the pocket or a bag) connects automatically to the smartphone. This solution allows greater portability and convenience for using the mobile phone both inside and outside of the car as well as spoken turn-by-turn instructions. The automatic re-routing feature allows for safe and quick redirecting when needed.

Pricing and availability
TomTom MOBILE 5 comes as a bundle on a wide-range of popular smartphones. Prices will vary according to handset and subscription. TomTom MOBILE 5 will be in available in Spring 2005.

TomTom MOBILE 5 is initially compatible with:

• Nokia: 6630, 6600, 6260, 6670, 7610, 7710, 9300, 9500
• Orange: SPV C500, E200
• Q-Tek: 8010, 8020, 8060, 8080
• Motorola: MPx 220
• T-Mobile: SDA
• iMate: SP3
• Treo: 650
• Gizmondo



ONLINE SERVICES - TomTom Announces TomTom PLUS: New Personal Navigation Services

~ First of its kind portfolio of services delivers downloads and real time information directly to TomTom customers ~

CeBIT, 10 March 2005 – TomTom, a leading navigation solution provider, today announced the introduction of TomTom PLUS, TomTom’s personalised navigation services that will work across the entire range of TomTom’s latest products: TomTom GO 700, TomTom GO 500, TomTom GO 300, TomTom MOBILE 5, TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 and TomTom RIDER.

Building on TomTom’s already feature-rich navigation devices, TomTom PLUS will offer easy to use and easy to set up services to improve safety, enrich the navigation experience with new destinations and Points of Interest (POI). It will also offer a unique personalisation of TomTom products.

TomTom PLUS services will allow users to receive real-time traffic and weather information, as well as download navigation voices, city maps, points of interests and safety camera locations.

“TomTom PLUS will change the way people use navigation,” said Harold Goddijn, TomTom’s chief executive officer. “This is the first time such an easy to use and complete package of navigation services is available to consumers. With TomTom PLUS, navigation has become even more fun, safe, personal and enjoyable.”

“In order to access the TomTom PLUS services, users only need a GPRS enabled mobile phone and a TomTom device,” continued Goddijn. “All content and services are delivered directly to the device via a Bluetooth connection easily enabling customers to access traffic and weather information or download new voices and maps.”

Traffic & weather information
TomTom has partnered with local data suppliers in 11 countries to get fast, reliable and comprehensive information on traffic congestions. TomTom users will know about road accidents, tailbacks and heavy congestion earlier than any other source. The Traffic service is completely integrated with TomTom navigation products offering a complete insight in the current traffic situation before the journey starts. The service estimates delay and includes the options to re-plan routes to minimize traffic delays.

In addition, weather reports on destinations will ensure road-users to avoid hazardous and potentially dangerous routes. TomTom PLUS real-time traffic and weather information is delivered to the new TomTom GO range, TomTom RIDER, TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 via a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone with GPRS functionality that connects to all Bluetooth enabled devices, such as TomTom GO range. TomTom MOBILE 5 users will receive TomTom PLUS real-time traffic and weather information directly to compatible phones.

Safety cameras
To encourage road safety, TomTom also provides a comprehensive database of TomTom verified safety camera sites, indicating areas with speed limits, adding to a safer environment. The sites have been carefully checked in the field by TomTom and are integrated in the navigation view of a TomTom device. It will warn drivers through a proximity warning indicating an upcoming speed camera. This service will initially be launched in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Belgium.

Points of interests (POIs)
Complementing the thousands of POIs already available with TomTom products, TomTom PLUS will enable POI alerts that give customers an audible warning as they approach to guarantee they never miss a gas station for example. TomTom POIs are now also available for download onto a customer’s TomTom device to help make POIs as personal as possible.

Navigation voices
With TomTom’s voice service, customers can find the voice that best suits their navigation requirements or just to add some variation, entertaining their friends and having some fun. Now, users can download and install different voices from a selection of voices in three languages (English, Dutch and German) and more will be added soon, including celebrity and cartoon characters voices.

City maps
Planning a weekend trip to a city anywhere in Europe is now easier than ever, even if you don’t have a country map of your destination. Before visiting a new country, TomTom customers can simply go to the TomTom PLUS portal, select their region and download a city map of their choice or do it in real time via a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone with GPRS.

New TomTom PLUS portal
TomTom users can now access the TomTom PLUS online portal from the main website, www.tomtom.com, and download additional content to use on their navigation devices.

The TomTom PLUS website has a community section to allow users to store and share journey experiences, photos, points of interest, and much more with other TomTom users.

Free Trial
Any customer that buys a TomTom 2005 product will be able to trial a selection of services on a 30 day free trial basis. The trial can be activated directly from their new TomTom device via a Bluetooth enabled mobile phone with GPRS functionality.

Pricing and Availability[/b]
TomTom PLUS services will be available from mid-April 2005 when the new products are expected to hit the stores. TomTom PLUS services can be purchased via the TomTom website (www.tomtom.com) separately or as a one-stop shopping bundle including a selection of services. Prices for the services and the bundle ranges will be unveiled in mid-April.


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raaaaaa

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Posted - 11 mars 2005 :  17:27:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am little confused (so much to take in.
So, who exactly gets the free upgrade to tomtom navigator 5?
I have tomtom navigator 2004 which I just upgraded from navigator usa.
do I qualify for the free upgrade
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igalan

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Posted - 11 mars 2005 :  17:36:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I guess that you can upgrade the software for free, but the new maps have to be paid (there will be a special price for upgrades).

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raaaaaa

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Posted - 11 mars 2005 :  17:51:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
no unnecessary quoting please(gpspassion)



I hope you are right and the software is free, and I will stay with my current maps because there was no upgrade with the last one I got.
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gpspassion

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Posted - 11 mars 2005 :  18:40:03  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes, besides, as ususal with TomTom, it's not certain what the status of the software for the US is at this point, this seems more targetted to Europe.

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raaaaaa

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Posted - 11 mars 2005 :  19:51:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I wonder if they upgrade there GPS driver so it plays well with other software
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hulbdo

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Posted - 17 mars 2005 :  20:03:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does this mean that TomTom USA will finally support the TH55??
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gpspassion

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Posted - 17 mars 2005 :  20:08:49  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Most likely yes...that is when plans for v5 of TomTomUSA are finalized. The PR doesn't really say so clearly but they were really discussing the European version at this point.

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raaaaaa

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Posted - 20 mars 2005 :  04:14:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
does the new TomTom GPS have the new SIRF III chipset in it?
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gpspassion

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Posted - 20 mars 2005 :  09:39:16  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The new bluetooth GPS and Rider, yes, the new GOs apparently not.

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Posted - 21 mars 2005 :  21:42:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:

Originally posted by gpspassion

The new bluetooth GPS and Rider, yes, the new GOs apparently not.



Do you know if there will be any hardware upgrade program for people like me, who bought the TomTom 2004 unit in january and would like to upgrade to the newer more sensitive hardware?
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gpspassion

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Posted - 21 mars 2005 :  22:04:07  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm afraid not, in fact if sensitiviy has been a problem for you (as it is has for many people), you might want to wait until the new GOs have been tested out to see if they've been able to improve things in this area, without using SS3 I have my doubts, too much intereference in the box. Your best bet at this point, might be to get an external antenna in fact.

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Posted - 02 août 2005 :  07:15:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well...I wonder how TomTom Mobile will compare to CoPilot Smartphone.

I'm still looking for Text-to-Speech support on the phone (CoPilot Smartphone does not have this).

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gpspassion

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Posted - 05 août 2005 :  00:02:17  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Well ALK/CoPilot never managed to send me a test version so it's not a very good sign. TomTom Mobile works very well but no relase planned for the US for the time being.

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