TomTom turn by turn navigation coming to iPhone

Turn by Turn navigation is finally coming to the iPhone. Announced at Apple's WWDC Tom Tom will be bringing the service to the device. Many have asked for such a service as the iPhone is the perfect platform for the software and Tom Tom is set to deliver on that front.

Also along with Tom Tom Apple will be allowing users to add other turn by turn type applications. Google maps will now be allowed to be embedded into applications and it will give you all of the same functionality that the stand alone app has. What developers will come up with is only a guess but it should allow for many new and more useful applications.

Unknown at this point is the pricing for the Tom Tom app but it will be available sometime this summer. Also, while not discussed, it may be possible to for live traffic to be sent to the phone as it does have an internet connection but expect a fee to be charged.




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19 Comments

andrewbares said,
Honestly???? It's just coming to the iPhone? What a FAIL!

How is it a fail? Just because other phones have some sort of t-by-t GPS?

Well, Tom Tom got in right here!
Their not that bad, actually... nice stuff with a good interface.
God only knows how much they will charge for the app!

£45??
Any other offers?

Wombatt said,
Well, Tom Tom got in right here!
Their not that bad, actually... nice stuff with a good interface.
God only knows how much they will charge for the app!

£45??
Any other offers?


I was thinking, since apple didnt really state this was not an exclusive partnership, and the SDK is also open to other people to create their own turn by turn.. I believe Garmin and other vendors might also take the Tom Tom route..

StevoFC said,
2nd gen touch has gps built in like the iPhone. First gen does not.

There isn't GPS in any Ipod Touch.

Hmm yeah, I guess not. I could have sworn they added it to the 2nd gen. I have an original touch and a 3g iPhone. I've never used the 2nd gen touch.

Don't take the risk. I bought TomTom for my Nokia, only to discover that TomTom is no longer updating its software for Symbian phones, and the maps are already out of date. And customer service on TomTom's web site is less than non-existent.

dogmatix said,
Don't take the risk. I bought TomTom for my Nokia, only to discover that TomTom is no longer updating its software for Symbian phones, and the maps are already out of date. And customer service on TomTom's web site is less than non-existent.

But you purchased a Nokia... They are known to not update their software.. EVER. These maps will be from GOOGLE, so unless they go bankrupt (which will likely never ever happen) you are very safe.

The iPhone is probably one of the most popular devices, so letting support slip for this would be disastrous for Apple.

lylesback2 said,
These maps will be from GOOGLE, so unless they go bankrupt (which will likely never ever happen) you are very safe.

Did you miss the part earlier this year where they said that turn-by-turn solutions will have to bring their own maps due to Apple's current license agreement with Google? This will not be using Google Maps.

Edit: The turn-by-turn part, that is. Other portions of the app will use Google Maps.

At this point I am wondering the following:
I live in The Netherlands. This summer holiday I'm going on a roadtrip through a few european countries. If I purchase this app, will I also need internet connection (3G) to get map data in the other countries I'm going to travel through? If so it will cost me a LOT because I don't have a subscription outside The Netherlands. Then I'd rather get a normal GPS device from TomTom or Garmin which doesn't need a internet connection?

If it's the same Tomtom as on Windows Mobile then you don't need internet connection at all. You have to buy the maps (or download them) after buying (or downloading) Tomtom software. Once you installed them on your phone, there's no need for internet, only your GPS signal. And that's free of charge.

But Apple is still Apple and I'm sure it will try to charge you on a monthly basis for something that should be free in the first place. So if it's the same app as on Win Mobile, then it's 100% without subscription or internet access.

Krosan said,
If it's the same Tomtom as on Windows Mobile then you don't need internet connection at all. You have to buy the maps (or download them) after buying (or downloading) Tomtom software. Once you installed them on your phone, there's no need for internet, only your GPS signal. And that's free of charge.

But Apple is still Apple and I'm sure it will try to charge you on a monthly basis for something that should be free in the first place. So if it's the same app as on Win Mobile, then it's 100% without subscription or internet access.

Thanks for your reply. Ok then I hope it's gonna be the same as for the Win Mobile. I'd rather have it all on my mobile Hope it will be released soon

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