Garmin Mobile™ for BlackBerry® with Turn-by-Turn Navigation Available from Centennial Wireless
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that Centennial Wireless, the U.S. subsidiary of Centennial Communications Corp. (Nasdaq: CYCL) will make available via download a free, seven-day trial subscription of Garmin Mobile for BlackBerry on new and existing Centennial BlackBerry 8310™ Smartphones. All Centennial BlackBerry 8310 Smartphone customers will automatically be able to download Garmin Mobile, which is an application that enables smartphones with turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions, as well as traffic, weather, fuel prices and more. Garmin will display Garmin Mobile for BlackBerry at its CTIA Wireless trade show booth (#6639) in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 1-3, 2008.
"Garmin Mobile for BlackBerry is an indispensable application because of its vast capabilities in everyday situations – such as navigating to an unfamiliar location, finding the cheapest fuel station or dodging a traffic jam on your daily commute,” said Charles Morse, Garmin’s director of mobile and online marketing. “We are pleased to work with Centennial Wireless, and are confident that their customers will be pleased with the added dimension Garmin Mobile brings to this BlackBerry Wireless device.”
The combination of Garmin Mobile for BlackBerry and the BlackBerry 8310, with its built-in GPS receiver, makes navigation easy. Customers can easily route to a specific street address or point of interest (POI) – places like hotels, restaurants, shopping and tourist attractions. The text-to-speech functionality allows the device to audibly announce the name of streets and POIs, letting drivers keep their eyes on the road while navigating through busy traffic and tricky roadways. If users stray off course, Garmin Mobile will automatically calculate the quickest way to get back on track. Map data is provided by NAVTEQ – a world leader in premium-quality mapping.
Centennial’s BlackBerry 8310 customers will also have access to traffic, fuel prices and weather information. The real-time traffic service identifies accidents, road construction, or other incidents affecting traffic, and routes users around the congestion. The fuel feature displays helpful fuel information such as the filling station’s name, fuel price, type of fuel, and distance to the station (U.S. only). Weather information lets users see weather at their current location or anywhere in North America.
Garmin Mobile is the first off-board cellular phone navigation system to visually depict and constantly update the user’s position on a detailed moving map, as well as the first to provide dynamic content like traffic and fuel price information. Since Garmin Mobile for BlackBerry is an off-board solution, mapping data is stored on Garmin’s servers, not on the BlackBerry device itself. Therefore, customers have the advantage of the most up-to-date mapping information available directly from Garmin’s servers. In order to access Garmin’s network, the BlackBerry device must have a data plan for network access.
Centennial Communications Corp., based in Wall, New Jersey, is a leading provider of regional wireless and integrated communications services in the United States and Puerto Rico with approximately 1.1 million wireless subscribers. The U.S. business owns and operates wireless networks in the Midwest and Southeast covering parts of six states. Centennial's Puerto Rico business owns and operates wireless networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and provides facilities-based integrated voice, data and Internet solutions.
Customers will be able to access the free, seven-day trial of Garmin Mobile for BlackBerry at the end of April. For additional information about Garmin Mobile for BlackBerry visit http://www.garmin.com/mobilephones or www.centennialwireless.com.
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademarks, and Garmin Mobile is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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