updated 02:30 pm EDT, Tue April 10, 2007
Garmin and TomTom Phones
Garmin and TomTom both have GPS phones in the works, according to their Taiwanese supplier Compal. The latter says that its customers each want cellphones with true GPS, allowing either handset to plot routes without first tapping into the cellphone network and paying a monthly fee. Both are at an early stage but will likely have devices available within only a few months of each other.
While Garmin has generally refrained from involving itself with cellphone technology, TomTom recently launched its GO 715 unit with a GSM cellphone radio, suggesting that the company wants to expand into mapping devices with two-way interaction in the future. [DigiTimes via NaviGadget]