Garmin sat-nav goes mobile

Now that GPS is becoming the next must-have feature aboard the ever-swelling list of smartphone capabilities, Garmin's decided it's time to join the l

Now that GPS is becoming the next must-have feature aboard the ever-swelling list of smartphone capabilities, Garmin's decided it's time to join the likes of Route 66 and hop onto mobile phones.

Like 66, Mobile XT includes free traffic info. Lucky peeps in the US also get extras like updated fuel prices for thirsty gas guzzlers but, alas, there's no support for that here as yet.
 
Maps come pre-loaded on microSD card (with adaptors for other phones) rather than downloaded on the fly, which should cut-down on data costs.

If your phone hasn't got built-in GPS a Bluetooth unit is available and the software will work with Windows Mobile devices, Nokia Series 60 phones and trusty old Palm OS PDAs. Support for Sony Eric's UIQ smartphones is also on the way.

So far only US pricing has been announced but we're assured it'll be finding its way here in UK & Ireland and full European versions soon.

Essentials
Garmin Mobile XT
Price: £TBA ($100 in US)
On sale: TBA
Contact: Garmin

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