Garmin: Nuvi satnav phone release set for Q1 2009
Wants carrier deals in place first
IFA Garmin has confirmed that the Nuvi Fone will be launched between January and April next year.
A dummy Nuvi Fone on display at IFA
The satnav-cum-phone maker admitted to Register Hardware that “the launch has taken longer than we expected”. It said the hold-up was the result of its talks with carriers.
A Garmin spokesman hinted that a single network carrier will win Nuvi Fone sales exclusivity in each country, a style that mimics Apple’s decision launch the iPhone, say, only with O2 in the UK, and only with AT&T in the States.
A CGI Nuvi Fone fake, but you get the idea
The spokesman told us that Garmin is still in discussions with the major networks. But he wasn’t willing to confirm if Garmin has yet chosen its UK carrier partner yet.
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...just give the crackers something to do. The thriving industry in hacking and cracking the iphone would be tiny if it wasn't for the network tie.
If the vendor or network has disabled capabilities that I deem essential then I look elsewhere or work around the restriction, as does every savvy purchaser. But as a way for a manufacturer to manage (or artificially restrict) supply it is quite effective, even if it does piss off a large minority of customers. If they choose to cripple a desirable product, persuade them to do otherwise by refusing to buy it!
It's quite simple.
I need a phone I can put any sim card in. So any phone tied to a contract is no good and I won't be buying it.
People might think in terms of GPS being free. Well maybe it is presently but you can bet your bottom dollar that our wondrous governments are scheming to get their paws on money from it. What other reason would there be for Europe trying to create a matrix of satellites to feed the GPS system? Isn't the US military system good enough? I for one can put up with a GPS system which can get me within 20 yards of my final destination if that is the shortcoming - why the heck do I need one that can get me to within 6 inches? (Sorry, inches probably reveals my age a bit - I meant half a foot).
Paris because I'd like to get within 6 inches of her.