TeleNav Inc. Launches 3D GPS Navigation for BlackBerry Smartphones in Europe
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Press release date: February 13, 2007
TeleNav GPS Navigator(TM), with GPS-Enabled, Turn-by-Turn Voice and On-Screen 3D Driving Directions, Is Now Available for a Variety of BlackBerry(R) Smartphones in Europe
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 13 // -- TeleNav Inc. today unveiled the European version of TeleNav GPS Navigator at the 3GSM World Congress conference in Barcelona. Mobile customers in more than 15 European countries can now receive the benefits of an in-car navigation system combined with the added convenience and portability of mobile phones. TeleNav GPS Navigator, immediately available on a variety of BlackBerry(R) smartphones -- including the new BlackBerry(R) 8800 -- includes GPS-enabled, turn-by-turn voice and on- screen driving directions, addresses and directions to business and community locations, as well as full-colour, 3D moving maps.
"Our navigation application is mobile, easy-to-use, feature-rich and less expensive than in-car systems or personal navigation devices," said Ian Tredgett, business director for TeleNav's European operations. "Through strong customer adoption, we have proven our leadership in the United States, China and Latin America. Now we are thrilled to be extending our services to mobile users in Europe as well."
Features of TeleNav GPS Navigator include:
o Voice and on-screen turn-by-turn driving directions -- Customers key in their destination, or preplan it on www.telenav.eu, and TeleNav GPS Navigator calculates their route. As they drive, they will get up-to-the minute guidance and will automatically be re-routed if they miss a turn. Users can also preview their routes before they begin driving and specify preferences including avoiding motorways and taking the shortest or fastest route.
o Full-colour 3D moving maps -- Drivers can see colourful maps of their current location or an entered address and can pan and zoom around the map to view surrounding streets.
o Biz Finder(TM) -- Users can look up businesses and services, including ATMs, Wi-Fi hot spots, restaurants, hotels and petrol stations and either easily navigate to them with the click of a button or place a telephone call to them from their handset.
o Spot Marker -- Customers can mark waypoints to help find their way back to a location or to mark points of interest.
o Pedestrian mode -- TeleNav GPS Navigator can also be used while walking, to help guide users on long walks or through crowded city centre streets.
o My Favorites -- Users can save many addresses for easy access in the future.
TeleNav GPS Navigator is available immediately in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The application can be downloaded on the following BlackBerry smartphones:
o BlackBerry(R) 8800 (includes built-in GPS) o BlackBerry(R) Pearl(TM) o BlackBerry(R) 8707 o BlackBerry(R) 8700 o BlackBerry(R) 7130
A Bluetooth GPS receiver is required for non-GPS enabled mobile handsets. Ongoing subscription to the service costs 5.00 pounds Sterling/8.00 euro per month for unlimited trips (operator data plan also required) through flexible prepaid plans. For a limited time, TeleNav is offering customers the ability to use TeleNav GPS Navigator while traveling in the United States at no additional charge.*
Mobile customers can sign up for the service and also purchase the Bluetooth GPS receiver by calling + 44 20 7519 5052 (UK), + 49 30 7576 3295 (Germany) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding TeleNav GPS Navigator in Europe visit www.telenav.eu.
During 3GSM World Congress this week, TeleNav representatives will be available for questions or to show demonstrations of TeleNav GPS Navigator at the TeleNav stand (Hall 2, Stand #2J01) and the BlackBerry stand (Hall 8, Stand #8B56).
* International data roaming charges from operators may apply.
About TeleNav Inc.
TeleNav Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, was the first company to launch a GPS navigation system on mobile phones in the United States. TeleNav is a global leader in wireless location-based services (LBS), including GPS navigation, Mobile Resource Management (MRM), asset GPS tracking (AVL) and local search. The company's flagship product, TeleNav GPS Navigator(TM), is the first mobile phone-based GPS navigation service that is comparable to in-car systems found in luxury vehicles, but offers a superior experience with functionality such as automatically updated maps and business locations, moving maps, speech recognition, Wi-Fi hotspot finder, lowest price fuel finder and more.
TeleNav offers its services internationally through leading wireless carriers. TeleNav partners include Research In Motion (RIM), Motorola, Samsung, Sanyo, LG, Palm, HTC, Hewlett Packard, Nokia, NAVTEQ, Tele Atlas, deCarta, and Qualcomm.
More information on TeleNav and the company's portfolio of wireless location-based services can be found at www.telenav.com.
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Source: TeleNav Inc.
CONTACT: Mary Beth Lowell of TeleNav Inc., +1-425-531-0122, or email@example.com
Web site: http://www.telenav.com/