TomTom released for the iPhone

TomTom has officially released its iPhone application in the AppStore, available for download immediately. The satellite navigation software uses GPS to help navigate its way through any street. The tap-and-go software released by TomTom allows users to rotate the iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS in portrait and landscape for better practicality.

Consumers will be able to navigate their way through any street in supported countries, finding local points of interest with a tap of a finger from gas stations, restaurants and more with turn-by-turn directions.

TomTom is available for the following countries: UK & Ireland, Western Europe, USA & Canada, New Zealand and Australia.


(Images courtesy of: Engadget.com)

USA & Canada: $99.99
Australia: $79.99
Western Europe: $139.99
New Zealand: $94.99

Thanks to Manish for the heads up

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Think some people are a bit confused. The point of tomtom is the maps are on your phone, you don't need a data plan or anything like that because its for GPS signal not 3G signal.

I'm unsure how companies like AT&T can lock this down.... That seems very strange to me, maybe someone can explain that to me.... But here in OZ its completely free (GPS that is)

Stuff like this is nice to have in a smart phone. Why have separate devices for different things if not necessary? I've had the Garmin software on my BlackBerry since around December and it has yet to fail me. A good step for the iPhone for sure. The only complaint I have are these software programs that pull down the map data from the server rather than store it on the phone. That part sucks. I've been in some places where I have coverage for phone, but data is jacked. That won't do too much good in an area with spotty service and I'm lost.

That is one thing these companies need to change. If they are charging so much for the software as it is with no physical hardware device, they should design it to also store the maps on the device for situations like this, since my BlackBerry GPS can lock on anywhere with a view of the sky.

And that is exactly why I bought the software from Navigon already.
The only thing good about Tomtoms app is the car mount which is very sleek.

Man im sick of people saying Iphone cant run stuff in the background bla bla

Jailbreak the phone
Install Backgrounder
Hold the home button for 1s untill the message "Backgrounder Enabled" appears
The app will run in the background untill you repeat the process above to kill it


I played around with TomTom and Navigon is far superior at the moment

I'd prefer if Apple actually released an update (OS4 maybe?) where I wouldn't have to jailbreak. It's one of the only remaining reasons left to bother jailbreaking.

LOL.....Nissan Motors put out a car recently called the GT-R. At $100K US, It is beautiful, sexy and plenty powerful....Just one catch-22....To use all of that power (called "launch mode"), you must be physically located at one of the hundred official race tracks that the built in GPS nav system knows of....Until you are at one of these locations...the "launch mode" is disabled and you have access to maybe 3/4 of your power. Nissan's response to those who complain about this is "you can override that disable "feature", BUT....It will void your warranty".......

The iPhone is a very expensive toy, a very impressive toy and those cocky and arrogant ba$tards at Apple are telling me that the only way I fully do things that the phone is more than capable of doing is.....Jailbreak it and void my warranty.......Ummmmm....I just paid a ton of money is a down economy and you are telling me what?????? I shouldn't have to void my warranty to do things that we all know are possible and the only reason I can't is "Politics".

Pretty much. If people buy it either knowing full well it can't multitask or they didn't do the research then tough biccies. Yes it sucks, but you've hardly been cheated either.

As for the OP saying multi tasking is possible...yes, we know you can achieve it via a jailbreak. Some people want a supported implementation which won't void their warranty however.

Smigit said,
Some people want a supported implementation which won't void their warranty however.

Jailbreak isn't going to void your warranty. You can always restore your iPhone to the original state leaving no traces of the jailbreak. If the phone is physically damaged (smashed or dropped in water) to the point that it can no longer be put in DFU then Apple isn't going to be able to read the phone either. I have had clients bring phones to the store with damaged phones that have a jailbreak and walked out with a new phones no questions asked.

The iPhone is literally impossible to brick with software. Apple wants people to be scared that this is possible and that they will not replace your phone if you do. Apple just doesn't want to endorse jailbreaks for tech support reasons. Just think about how many people would be calling in saying, "My battery is dieing to fast when I background my IM app, VoIP app and Pandora all at the same time".

$99 is for software only. The price on the cradle hasn't been released. The software will work with the iPhone's built in GPS (cell phone signal isn't needed). Maps are stored locally. No need for cellphone coverage. The cradle has it's own GPS built in which would allow the Touch to use the software. The GPS that is built into the iPhone sucks big time so the cradle would be worth getting even if you have an iPhone. The cradle also adds handsfree calling to the iPhone. TomTom says the cradle will be available by the end of the Summer. Lets hope the end of the Summer isn't what ATT considers to be the end of the Summer.

This is a silly question but do you need to have a phone signal for this to work, I didn't think the iPhone had a built GPS hardware, so does it need a phone signal to work out where you are?

I don't think so.. The post above yours states it might be available in the iPod Touch 2nd gen.. which has a built in GPS (I don't know if it does tho)

evoman91 said,
This is a silly question but do you need to have a phone signal for this to work, I didn't think the iPhone had a built GPS hardware, so does it need a phone signal to work out where you are?

You don't need a phone telco signal for this to work as the iPhone 3G and 3GS have internal GPS receivers. It may use a little bit of data for Assisted GPS purposes, but you can always disable that.

Rumor is that iPod Touch and possibly 2g iPhone will be able to use this if you purchase the car adapter, which has a GPS and speaker in it.

Source

I'm pretty happy to see true turn-by-turn direction come to the iPhone. What I'm not happy about is the price-tag.
For $99 you can get a stand-alone GPS unit with a cradle, so to sell the app for that price is ridiculous. The only way to justify that price is by including the cradle, else it's not worth it to me - especially because we all know that this will KILL the iPhone battery unless you are charging it.

Your $99 stand-alone GPS is not what you paid for...it was the software that was installed on it. The device itself was most likely made in Korea by some slave worker for $10.

The money is always in the software development of a technology product. The hardware is pennies on the dollar. Does anyone believe that the iPhone device itself is worth 600-700 dollars retail. Of course not...its the development dollars that Apple needs to recoup. I mean, those software developers are not cheap....100-200 thou per year salary x's a team of 10-20 dedicated to a product.......$$$$$$$$$$$.....Perhaps I.T. folks can take less paying salaries of we want cheaper technology.....Just a thought.....

It's not just the software you are paying for. Obviously the hardware has R&D as well not to mention marketing, accountants ect and all that which need to be payed.

The point still stands that you could buy a stand alone for the same price if thats what you wanted.

I've been using Navagon and it works pretty well. (Cheaper than TomTom too!) My main gripe, and this is more an iPhone gripe, is that you can't background the GPS in order to reply to a txt or answer a call.

why do you think that?
AT&T made an exception to let TomTom provide GPS service over their network, what's to say that Apple won't allow this app to run in the background?

morficus said,
why do you think that?
AT&T made an exception to let TomTom provide GPS service over their network, what's to say that Apple won't allow this app to run in the background?

Why do I think what? That Navigon works well?

A small doubt..what happens if a call comes? will it stop the TomTom & show the Caller UI?
i prefer to keep GPS unit a separate one...

guruparan said,
A small doubt..what happens if a call comes? will it stop the TomTom & show the Caller UI?
i prefer to keep GPS unit a separate one...

I would have to agree with you. Something that stays in the vehicle and is always setup.

my assumption is that it will show the caller UI when the phone is ringing, but once you pick up, it will run the phone app in the background and give priority to the GPS - again... just an assumption

What happens is when a call comes through, it will show up normally, and if you accept the call, it will stop showing the GPS and only show the in-call screen.

After the call is disconnected, the TomTom application will resume

Although I am very excited to see this application, I must stop and ask some questions and hope someone here can answer them.

1. Does it come with the car kit holster?
2. Does it store the map data on the iPhone or does it depend on and Internet connection much like the current AT&T, Verizon and other providers $9.99/month navigation apps.
3. If anyone has downloaded it and used it, does it drain the battery quickly?
4. Are there any hidden/misleading one time or monthly fees?

If the answer is Yes to car kit, Yes to local data store, no to quick battery usage and no to fees.....Then this app is a steal for $99!!!!!

Even without the car kit, its still a good deal......If it depends on the internet to work....then WOW....What was Tom Tom thinking?

you can tell from iTunes app store that the app itself is a 1.21GB download, so i think its safe to assume all map data is kept on the phone.

also, for $99, you are only getting the software. i dont think there's been any confirmed details in regards to price of the holster.

Good to know about the 1.21GB, I didn't see (should have looked harder).....Some Nav systems I have used burn 5GB or more if stored locally, otherwise they require a DVD, so 1.21 seems kinda small. I wonder if that includes POI and other useful data.

hhm... I wish they did not keep all the map data locally.
Roads change kind of often (especially in cities) and GPS software is not always up to day. I would rather they pulled info from Google Maps or some other service.

And if they do store it locally...I'm hoping for frequent map updates.

Updates are important and nice......but what do you do when you are driving to a place you are not familiar with and you cannot connect to to the AT&T network....So much for your nav software......plus, I doubt the 3G network could handle pulling all that data....it can barely handle what it has today.

Intel008 said,
Good to know about the 1.21GB, I didn't see (should have looked harder).....Some Nav systems I have used burn 5GB or more if stored locally, otherwise they require a DVD, so 1.21 seems kinda small. I wonder if that includes POI and other useful data.

also just a note, that 1.21GB was for the north american version. could be varying sizes for other locations

i didnt think about it, but does tomtom give free updates for maps? i had a tomtom one from few years ago, and i remember never being able to get free updates for it.

Just download and installed. Spent 10 minutes with it.....first thing to jump out at me was how fast it was, good GUI, etc....The bad.....no integration with the contacts of the iphone...uh....can you say first update release......You cannot background the app......now that's just stupid.....

I thought it was integrated with the contacts:
"Meet up with friends - Find an entry in your iPhone contacts list, and the TomTom app will find the way there. It's that simple."
Or is it not that simple?

Intel008 said,
Just download and installed. Spent 10 minutes with it.....first thing to jump out at me was how fast it was, good GUI, etc....The bad.....no integration with the contacts of the iphone...uh....can you say first update release......You cannot background the app......now that's just stupid.....

That's an iPhone limitation and has been since day one?

From what I have read about the iPhone (being fairly new with it), Apple selectively chooses which apps qualify for background capability. I would think that this app and music apps like Pandora and so on would qualify and there had to be some political reason for not allowing it. So I don't few it as a limitation, but rather a very dumb choice.

There is no third-party app that runs in the background. Apple selecting some to do so, was a rumour. It has yet to happen. The push service was released to get around some of those limitations, however it has little use in the context of the TomTom app. And yes, you are overlooking the integration. Try Menu -> Navigate To -> Contacts.

ahhhhh....Gotcha....So now, all we need is background mode, some voice street names and more Apple providing and less dictating.......Not bad for $99.....And I have out grown my desire to walk around with 2, 3, 4 or more tech devices in my pocket and/or hanging off my belt....One device that does it all........works for me.....

Interesting that this was allowed in the US considering AT&T charges monthly for their GPS direction service. $99 seems to be the most expensive software for the iPhone to date. I think you can buy a standalone GPS unit for that amount.

Shadrack said,
Interesting that this was allowed in the US considering AT&T charges monthly for their GPS direction service. $99 seems to be the most expensive software for the iPhone to date. I think you can buy a standalone GPS unit for that amount.

Yup I got a navigon for only $69.99 from Tiger.. and it does the job.. so.... i dnt know if this is that worth it.. hopefully we will get to know soon..