After a year of refusing to sell TomTom NAVIGATOR 7 directly to consumers, preferring instead to bundle it only with some select HTC devices, TomTom today announces it will offer its navigation software solution for selected smartphones directly via its web shop – www.tomtom.com/navigator7. The software will be sold on microSD card and shipped with the map of Western Europe, covering 22 countries for a pricy â‚¬ 99,95. Sales as a direct download will follow in due course.
NAVIGATOR 7 is compatible with a range of HTC smartphones and operator variants that run on Windows Mobile software OS. A new, dedicated NAVIGATOR 7 micro site has been launched on the TomTom website, including a compatibility wizard to check the current and future options for users’ phones.
â€œWe are pleased to offer NAVIGATOR 7 as a standalone product for the first time.â€ says Corinne Vigreux, TomTomâ€™s Managing Director. â€œComplementing our partnerships with handset manufacturers we have decided to make NAVIGATOR 7 available to fans of TomTom who want the latest navigation software on their phone.â€
Unsaid by TomTom is that their refusal to sell their much-loved software directly often resulted in pirated versions being used, a situation which hopefully will now change for the better. Unfortunately at â‚¬ 99,95 the software approaches the cost of stand-alone navigation devices, which may lead to only the hardcore choosing to go the software + smartphone route.
TomTom NAVIGATOR 7 features
- – TomTomâ€™s unique Map Shareâ„¢ technology
– New safety features including â€˜Help Meâ€™ menu
– Improved address input for faster search including country switcher, postcode search and â€˜accent spelling aidâ€™
– A new traffic interface that lets you avoid traffic easily and effectively
– Share voices, POIs and other content – use TomTom HOME to personalise your device with free content from the TomTom community.
Read more at TomTom here.