Jun. 29, 2007
Sunnyvale, Calif. – June 29, 2007 – TeleNav Inc., the first company to launch a GPS navigation service for mobile devices in North America, today announced Bell has chosen the company’s turn-by-turn GPS navigation service, named GPS Nav from Bell, for the new BlackBerry® 8830 smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM).
GPS Nav from Bell provides users with turn-by-turn, GPS-enabled directions, just like an in-car navigation service, but on a mobile device. It includes full-color, 3D moving maps, voice and on-screen navigation, and information and directions to millions of business listings in North America, including local Wi-Fi hotspots. GPS Nav from Bell automatically updates itself with current information so customers never have to worry about downloading the latest maps or business listings.
“With a smartphone as feature-rich as the new BlackBerry 8830, we believe many business customers will consider this their all-in-one mobile device,” said Adel Bazerghi, Bell Mobility’s vice president of products. “TeleNav’s GPS service is high-quality, easy-to-use and incorporates relevant features that our customers will enjoy using everyday for both work or play.”
Features of GPS Nav from Bell include:
- Voice and on-screen turn-by-turn driving directions – Customers can type in or use voice recognition to call-in destinations, and GPS Nav from Bell computes the routes. While driving, users get up-to-the minute guidance, including street names, and will automatically be re-routed if a turn is missed.
- Full-color 3D moving maps – Just like an in-car navigation system, the 3D maps turn, move and stop along with the driver, while also displaying a realistic image of the streets the driver is approaching and passing. Users can also pan and zoom around the map to view surrounding streets.
- Biz Finder (local search) – Customers can look up more than 10 million businesses and services in North America, including ATMs, restaurants, hotels, Wi-Fi hotspots and gas stations, and easily navigate to them with the click of a button.
- Spot Marker – Users can mark waypoints to help find their way back to a location or to record points of interest.
- Pedestrian Mode – GPS Nav from Bell can be used while walking to help guide customers through crowded downtown streets or back to a parked car.
- My Favorites – Customers can save as many addresses as needed for easy access and directions later.
“There is no reason that anyone needs to invest in an expensive, in-car navigation system or a separate navigation device,” said Dr. HP Jin, president, CEO and co-founder of TeleNav. “GPS Nav from Bell offers customers the same peace of mind and even more features – but on a device they already carry with them.”
Bell customers can download GPS Nav directly from their Blackberry 8830 smartphone. Ongoing subscription to the service costs $10.00 per month, plus a data plan for unlimited usage.
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