Garmin® nüvifone™ Takes Center Stage at GSMA Mobile World Congress
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) and the world’s leading GPS manufacturer, today announced that the nüvifone will be on display at its GSMA Mobile World Congress booth in Barcelona, Spain, February 11-14. Trade show attendees are encouraged to visit Garmin’s booth (Hall 7, #7C37) to see the nüvifone and Garmin’s other industry-leading mobile phone navigation technologies.
“The nüvifone is a one-of-a-kind device that converges the essential technologies used regularly by mobile individuals – cell phone, personal navigator and web browser,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and COO. “The GSMA Mobile World Congress trade show is the first opportunity for the public-at-large to see the nüvifone up-close, and we’re confident they will be impressed with what they see.”
The nüvifone is the first touchscreen device to integrate a mobile phone, premium web browser and personal navigator. It is a quad-band GSM mobile phone with UMTS, which is compatible with the latest in 3.5G networks around the world. Designed for high speed downlink packet access (HSDPA), nüvifone supports the highest download speeds offered by 3G mobile networks. The nüvifone also includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
The nüvifone’s 3.5-inch touchscreen display greets users with three primary icons – “Call,” “Search,” and “View Map” – and four secondary icons – “Browser,” “SMS”, “Email” and “Tools.” After selecting the “Call” icon, users can dial a number from the on-screen keypad or select a name from the contact list. Because seamless integration is core to the nüvifone’s design, the nüvifone makes it easy to talk on the phone and navigate to a destination at the same time. When the nüvifone is docked onto the vehicle mount, it automatically turns on the GPS, activates the navigation menu, and enables hands-free calling so that the user can continue their conversation and route to their destination with ease.
A quick tap of the “Search” icon reveals a page that will look familiar to current nüvi users. Icons such as “Address”, “Points of Interest”, and “Favorites” are some of the navigation options to choose between. Users may also select “Google local search” capability, which harnesses the vast point of interest information on the world wide web. Google local search information includes a web-based rating so that users can choose where to navigate based on the location’s proximity or rating. The nüvifone is Garmin’s first device to incorporate Google local search.
Once a user selects where they want to navigate, the nüvifone gives turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions to the destination. If a turn is missed along the route, nüvifone automatically recalculates a route and gets them back on track. The nüvifone includes preloaded maps of Eastern and Western Europe, North America or both. Nüvifone customers will also have access to free and subscription based dynamic content via Garmin OnlineTM, an online service offering constantly-updating information such as real-time traffic, weather forecasts, and safety camera information.
The nüvifone’s built-in camera has Location Message Service (LMS), which tags every location with the exact latitude and longitude reference of where the image was taken. The user may then save the image so they can navigate back to the location, or email the image to a recipient who can navigate directly to the location. In addition, the nüvifone provides direct access to millions of geo-located landmark and sightseeing photographs available through Google’s Panoramio picture sharing site. The Panoramio photo search feature enhances the enjoyment and adventure of sightseeing in an otherwise unfamiliar location. Other multimedia functions of the nüvifone include a built-in video camera and MP3 player.
Garmin anticipates that the nüvifone will be available in the third quarter of 2008. Specific details about pricing and sales partners will be announced in the future. Additional information about nüvifone is available at www.garmin.com/nuvifone.
About Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices - most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless 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 and nüvi are registered trademarks and nüvifone and Garmin Online are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Anticipated product availability dates are based on management's current expectations and are not guaranteed.
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