GPS, Maps and Talking Directions on Your Cell Phone

By now, I do believe nearly everyone understands how neato GPS is. And there are dedicated devices for use in cars which help drivers get around town. Cingular has gotten together with TeleNav Inc. to provide customers with GPS features on devices such as the Cingular 8125 Pocket PC, the Palm(R) Treo(R) 650; and the GPS-enabled HP iPAQ hw6500 Series Mobile Communicator.

In fact the launch is today! (Happy Halloween!)

You can walk around or drive with your cell phone and still get those maps and directions you so Desperately need! And have all the features you want from a cell phone. I guess it’s like having a Tricorderer and a Communicator in one device. Sort of.

The application, TeleNav GPS NavigatorTM is the flagship product of a company that has spent years working on GPS software. What sets this one apart is that it’s the first mobile phone-based GPS navigation application. It has additional features such as automatically updated maps and business locations, moving maps, speech recognition, Wi-Fi Hotspot finder, and lowest price fuel finder.

Cingular is currently offering a free month trial of TeleNav GPS Navigator and you’ll need a Cingular data plan. A subscription to TeleNav GPS Navigator ranges from $5.99 per month for up to 10 trips or $9.99 a month for unlimited trips.

If your cell phone doesn’t have GPS you’ll need a Bluetooth GPS receiver. Calling (866) 4CWS-B2B will connect you to info and the ability to purchase a Bluetooth device which will work with your phone.

Cingular has also joined with HP. Using the GPS-enabled HP iPAQ hw6920 Series Mobile Communicator people can walk around with maps running Wild on their devices!

Using their iPAQ 6920 Mobile Messenger a person can get a turn-by-turn verbal as well as image – just follow the happy red arrow. HP iPAQ customers also can choose from several other GPS navigation options – including Microsoft Pocket Streets or HP Navigation Maps and Software.

Cingular will offer two versions of the HP iPAQ hw6900 series Mobile Messenger. The hw6925 has a built-in 1.3-megapixel HP Photosmart camera and the hw6920 comes without a camera. Great for when you want to take a picture of yourself Not getting lost.

Seriously, I love maps and having a bunch on a cell phone sounds like heaven to me.

Written by Cecilia