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    Default GPS Mapping and Cell Phone combined

    I noticed this today on the REI website. It's the first time I've seen GPS mapping inside a cell phone. I'd like to see this marriage expand with other cellular carriers and phones.

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    Default Re: GPS Mapping and Cell Phone combined

    A little more info about the technology here

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    Default Re: GPS Mapping and Cell Phone combined

    Garmin offers cell phone GPS, August 2005:
    http://www.garmin.com/pressroom/corporate/090805.html

    This is for a "normal" cell phone...

    Alot more, and the service, here:

    https://mobile.garmin.com/obn/welcome.jsp

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    Default Re: GPS Mapping and Cell Phone combined

    Quote Originally Posted by NewBie
    Garmin offers cell phone GPS, August 2005:
    http://www.garmin.com/pressroom/corporate/090805.html

    This is for a "normal" cell phone...

    Alot more, and the service, here:

    https://mobile.garmin.com/obn/welcome.jsp
    It's still Srint/Nextel. I'd like to see other carriers have phone options too.

    I'm not sure what the $9.99/mn fee is for. GPS service is covered by our taxes, and once you buy a GPS receiver and mapping software, there shouldn't be any additional cost.

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    Default Re: GPS Mapping and Cell Phone combined

    Quote Originally Posted by LowBat
    It's still Srint/Nextel. I'd like to see other carriers have phone options too.

    I'm not sure what the $9.99/mn fee is for. GPS service is covered by our taxes, and once you buy a GPS receiver and mapping software, there shouldn't be any additional cost.

    Garmin Mobile Lite

    4.99/month


    The phone cannot store Garmin's six million points of interest and alot more stuff.

    9.99/month if you want voice prompting as you drive.

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    Default Re: GPS Mapping and Cell Phone combined

    Quote Originally Posted by NewBie
    Garmin Mobile Lite

    4.99/month


    The phone cannot store Garmin's six million points of interest and alot more stuff.

    9.99/month if you want voice prompting as you drive.
    Well, as long as it holds a decent amount of map data and works like other GPS receivers, I can't see the need to pay a monthly service charge. I don't need 6 million points of interest for $9.99/mn, but maybe others do.

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    Default Re: GPS Mapping and Cell Phone combined

    Quote Originally Posted by LowBat
    Well, as long as it holds a decent amount of map data and works like other GPS receivers, I can't see the need to pay a monthly service charge. I don't need 6 million points of interest for $9.99/mn, but maybe others do.
    Nearly all cell phone programs available from the carrier have a monthly charge rather than a one time purchase price like computer software, though it's usually less than 10 bucks. Sprint gives you a $5/month credit for software, which I use for this program. It's well worth the cost when you consider other dedicated GPS devices cost $500+.
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