TomTom iPhone car kit price announced

TomTom announced pricing for their iPhone in car kit, which will be sold separately from the application, for a retail price for $119.95 US, available in October. Last month, TomTom released their GPS applications, pricing their U.S. & Canada application at $99.99 U.S.

The iPhone car kit mounts to windshields for hands free communication, including a mounting to hold the iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS, also including a charging plug. The mounting car kit was published on the European iTunes store, but was later taken down.

The combined price for the TomTom iPhone car kit, $119.95, and the U.S. & Canada application, $99.99, comes to a total of $219.94 + Tax US.

The TomTom GPS application provides detailed directions to destinations and points of interest with turn-by-turn voice directions. The four applications were released for region specific, providing GPS mapping details for Australia, New Zealand, U.S. & Canada and Western Europe.

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I understand why it's more expensive than other mounts (it has a speaker and an external GPS antenna) but come on... $120? damn!. I have yet to find a good window mount that has a built in 3.5mm stereo plug for the iPhone...
If anyone knows of one please PM me.

actually I went to france on vacation and this little program tomtom help a help of a lot to locate places and restaurants ...specially bathroom LOL.

So I say it is a nice little tool to have if you got Iphone.

Everyone is missing the point completely. The benefit has little to do with money. I would buy the app and mount kit so I can have one device instead of two....hello! No need to have two separate pieces of hardware when one will do. Technology is all about consolidation and ease.

Woow just buy a stand alone GPS with decent specs and hack it to run whatever navigation software you want. I have a cheapo $50 Curtis GPS and have iGO8 running on it and it rocks!

"From what I've read, during navigation if someone calls you, the TomTom software closes so you can deal with your phone call because the iPhone cannot multitask (voice commands only continue).
If that's true, it's pointless, as often I need Sat Nav whilst I'm on the phone.

Anyway, I'm using Co-Pilot on my HTC Hero, miles better for many reasons not to mention how much better the hardware is."

not to worrry iam sure apple will enable muilttasking on the next iphone to run 2 apps at the same time followed and prehaps they might just enable delivery reports for text messages on the one after that.

i dont know why tomtom decided to release this shoddy iphone app when a standalone tomtom GPS unit is much better.

From what I've read, during navigation if someone calls you, the TomTom software closes so you can deal with your phone call because the iPhone cannot multitask (voice commands only continue).
If that's true, it's pointless, as often I need Sat Nav whilst I'm on the phone.

Anyway, I'm using Co-Pilot on my HTC Hero, miles better for many reasons not to mention how much better the hardware is.

I have been waiting for this mount since it was announced and I'm not surprised about the price one bit. Unless I have miss heard, this mount has a bluetooth hands free kit, it will charge the iPhone and you can connect it to the car stereo to play your music. If it is released here in NZ for the same price it is in the US (Around NZD $170) I would happily part with the cash for it. Perhaps I just have more money then sense?

I don't think it has bluetooth, yes it does have a 3.5mm plug to use it your car IF it has an aux port.
Not worth the money tho

I said before that I'd be happy to pay $200.00 USD for the app and hardware, but I can't say that anymore now that the glamor has worn off and the reviews on the app are starting to show the true side of things... very depressing.

Andrew Lyle said,
For a piece of plastic, I totally agree.

It's not just a simple plastic mount though, there's a GPS chip inside of it to enhance the accuracy.

It's not just a simple plastic mount though, it's made up of unicorn blood, dragon's breath, and a leprechaun's tears.

Please, think of the leprechauns.

I don't think it is a GPS chip, but a GPS antenna extension, as the iPhone already has a GPS chip inside of it.

Unless you will be able to use this with the iPhone 2G.

Load of ****. I've gone with Co-Pilot (£25) and a iPhone windscreen mount from eBay (£5) and I've found them to be excellent. I really don't see the extra I would get for paying 4x the price for TomTom and the special mount.

How much?! I bought an entire Garmin Nuvi system a few months ago from Amazon here in the UK for £50. That was the device, updates to maps for a year, car charger and mounting kit. I simply don't understand how TomTom can justify charging that much for the mounting kit which is, unless I'm mistaken, nothing more than a cradle and charger?! There is no screen, no software, no processing unit, no GPS receiver? You don't even get the software included in that price. How can they possibly justify charging more for a mounting kit, than some very good fully complete standalone receivers?

I hope it fails and fails hard.

And they hide the cable in that ad. Look close and you'll see it's just a standard $10 mini usb to 5v car jack adapter that most of us already have.

What a complete and utter ripoff.

But then again, no one ever went broke underestimating the "value to price ratio" intelligence of Apple buyers.

I think there is a GPS chip in there to improve on the GPS provided by the iPhone, but still... that's a lot of money.

Well that accounts for some of the cost - thanks for the info, Simon. Agree with you though - it's still too much money. Even if it came with a top of the range GPS receiver in it, it'd be overpriced.

Maybe they figure, "Damn, these people payed a lot for their iPhone... maybe if we overprice our stuff, we'll get filthy rich too!"

Doesn't ATT provide turn-by-turn gps with their expensive service plan? I get that with a lower priced sprint plan.

They only provide that on other phones they have on their service. iPhone is controlled all by Apple, no at&t logos or services. So no media net, no GPS, no streaming media, nothing. Apple provides that all.

It should be noted that, last I checked, at&t expects customers to pay an addiction $10/mo for their GPS software, on top of their data plan. So for the minimum two year life of a contract, to have GPS the entire time, well, you do the math.

I live in the US and perfer Garmin's.

Of course, I'm sure there is a big iPhone user base that will buy this because of what it is...

If the whole thing were $119 I might consider it... But the fact that I would have to pay an additional 99 for the software makes it not worth it at all. The standalone units look like a better deal for a number of reasons.

I'm waiting for the day Google makes one; coz you just know it'll be better that everything else on the Market. Currently, the TomTom Go is the best on the Market but it's still really crappy, and you know it could be a hell of a lot better.

This thing has priced itself out of the market. The other navigation apps on the iPhone are a lot better and updated frequently with new features for a cheaper price than the Tom Tom application not to mention this dock is ridiculously priced.

No doubt Apple had a hand in the pricing of this.

Tomtom is crap. Buy navigon for 80$ ( it has more features and is better overall) and go to dealextreme.com and buy a dash mount and car charger for 10$ and you're set.

Got to agree - still don't see the appeal to get it on the iphone - for the total amount I still think you are better off paying for a stand alone tomtom

But if you already have an iPhone it would surely be cheaper?

(Genuine question, not being smarmy)

The Stylish Hobo said,
But if you already have an iPhone it would surely be cheaper?

(Genuine question, not being smarmy)

You have to pay £60 for the app, then additional £100 odd in the UK for the kit (if you want it), you also get a poorer app with less complete features, - its just a personal thing but I own an iphone and I wouldn't buy it - then again I already have a TomTom!

The Stylish Hobo said,
But if you already have an iPhone it would surely be cheaper?

(Genuine question, not being smarmy)


How would it be cheaper? Can't you add numbers and compare?
A 4.3" tomtom standalone GPS unit costs only $130 (http://www.amazon.com/TomTom-XL-330-Widescreen-Navigator/dp/B0016ORQD8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1253993319&sr=8-4)

Yes, that's clearly the problem here, I can't add numbers, silly me.

Byron_Hinson said,
You have to pay £60 for the app, then additional £100 odd in the UK for the kit (if you want it), you also get a poorer app with less complete features, - its just a personal thing but I own an iphone and I wouldn't buy it - then again I already have a TomTom!

Ah right, fair enough then. Odd that the piece of kit costs £100, seems slightly over-priced but oh well, no surprises. Cheers mate :]

The Stylish Hobo said,
Yes, that's clearly the problem here, I can't add numbers, silly me.

Ah right, fair enough then. Odd that the piece of kit costs £100, seems slightly over-priced but oh well, no surprises. Cheers mate :]

You have to pay $90 on top of the car kit. Otherwise, car kit is useless.
that brings up the total cost to $220. Compare that to the price of a standalone unit, which is around $150. You end up paying $70 more. That's almost %50 more than a standalone unit with much better specs.

SK[ said,]The idea is your walking around with one device.

Who the heck walks around with a Tom Tom?

Tom Tom stays in the car. iPhone goes with...

excalpius said,
Who the heck walks around with a Tom Tom?

Tom Tom stays in the car. iPhone goes with...

I wonder the same question. If I am walking around, the GPS chip of Iphone is pretty much enough. I don't see why I would even need turn-by-turn instructions. It is not like I am running like a cheetah, 60 miles per hour. As a matter of fact, using a turn-by-turn app would drain the battery pretty quickly. And, If I am driving around, I would just use a standalone GPS unit with a larger screen. Honestly, if somehow, for some unknown reason, I wake up and find myself having bought the tomtom software and the car kit, I would definitely get myself checked!

excalpius said,
Who the heck walks around with a Tom Tom?

Tom Tom stays in the car. iPhone goes with...

My wife, since her car got broken into and they stole her GPS unit out the glove box.

Oh... and not to mention the big ****ing warning TomTom units show when turning it off about removing it from the car. Yeah who the heck must follow that eh?

for twice the screen size? for this $220usd, you dont even get a screen, just software and a mount.. lol, i know what you're saying though