updated 01:10 pm EDT, Tue May 6, 2008
TomTom: No cellphones
TomTom, maker of GPS devices like the ONE and the ONE XL, has no plans to build its own cellphones, according to a report out of Taiwan. DigiTimes cites a "top executive" from TomTom Asia, who says that the company will continue to focus on in-car navigation units, and accompanying content and services. TomTom has been collaborating with ASUS and HTC on navigation features for their own handsets, using parts from still more companies.
This strategy differs considerably from rival outfit Garmin, which has been developing a GPS-focused phone of its own called the nuvifone. The device is expected to be costly, perhaps even more expensive than the iPhone, but may compensate through a lower-priced data/GPS plan. Features beyond normal GPS units will include Wi-Fi, 3G broadband and a three-megapixel camera.