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AT&T Releases Navigator GPS App for iPhone

AT&T is getting in on the iPhone GPS navigation game with its new AT&T Navigator. The application lets iPhone users map routes, get traffic alerts, view business listings, and follow turn-by-turn directions on screen and via audio feedback.

Like other turn-by-turn GPS navigation systems, AT&T's app will automatically re-plot routes if you deviate from its instructions, calculates ETA, offers multiple route suggestions for best traffic, shortest travel time, and preferred roads, displays 3D maps, and also offers pre-trip planning online that can be sent to your iPhone.

AT&T Navigator is available as a free download at Apple's App Store, but the service the app relies on will set AT&T customers back an additional US$9.99 a month.

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MOSiX Man said:

Gawd… What is it with cell phone companies?! How can ‘unlimited’, as in ‘unlimited data plan’, really be fairly translated into ‘unlimited except for using the phone as a modem for another device, sending or receiving more than X number of SMS or MMS messages, or getting data from a satellite that’s in orbit?

Mind you, with my 2G iPhone, I’ll apparently not even be able to send or receive MMS, I don’t have ‘real’ GPS, and I’ll rarely have use for tethering which the 2G phone also can’t do. However, the point is that if a plan has the words ‘unlimited data’ in its name, then how can AT&T get away with not including all cellular data transfer for free? If they want to charge a certain amount for a set of downloads from the web, more for GPS and more for messaging, then I guess they’re free to do so, but they really shouldn’t call the main plan ‘unlimited’ when there are so many real limits on it.

Before anybody responds with anything like ‘Yeah! I can’t wait for Apple to offer iPhones on Verizon’s network’ or anything like that, just don’t. I’ve been a customer of Airtouch (back in the day), AT&T CDMA/TDMA, Verizon, T-Mobile, and now AT&T/Cingular. All of the wireless carriers have only one driving motivation: bleeding as much money out of their customers as possible, without pissing those customers off enough to make them want to switch to another carrier as soon as their two-year contract is up. I think that, out of all of the above, Verizon is actually the worst, as they even go so far as to try and hobble any method of data transmission to/from their phones that doesn’t route through their network and cost customers money.

So, while I’m not happy with AT&T’s idea of an ‘unlimited’ data plan, I guess it could be worse.

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MOSiX Man said:

Oops. Nix the part where I said ‘for free’. That must have been my wishful thinking getting loose again.

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Lee Dronick said:

What does a decent stand-alone GPS unit cost, about 2 years worth of iPhone GPS service from AT&T?

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Photodan said:

What is it with all these “per month” gps apps? TomTom’s package better not be subscription based.

-Dan

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gopher said:

Better hope the GPS’s maps are updated.  If they aren’t, William Shattner’s experience will simply be repeated from his book “I’m working on that: A Trek from Science Fiction to Science Fact.”  He went into Boston’s Big Dig only to discover the highway onramp he had chosen is a parking lot under a building!

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Mouring said:

TomTom on iPhone will more than likely be the same as their dedicated hardware.  You buy a baseline set of maps and then for around $90 a year you get “quarterly updates”.

- Ben

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