Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 officially announced on AT&T; available Oct. 4 for $299
At long last, the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 has been officially announced on AT&T and will be available Oct. 4 — that's this Sunday. Price is as we've previously reported: $299 after contract and rebate. Of course, this is a Garmin venture we're talking about here, so navigation is the centerpiece of the phone. Nuvifone Premium Connected Services will be offered for a 30-day trial, and then $5.99 a month after that.
Full presser after the break.
Update: Er, see, this is what happens when you write with one eye open. Berrydale in our comments correctly points out that this is the nuvifone that, erm, doesn't run Windows Mobile. We're still waiting on the M20.
AT&T* and Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN) today announced the Garmin nüvifone G60 will be available beginning October 4 only for AT&T customers in the U.S. in AT&T stores and online at www.wireless.att.com (opens in new tab).
The nüvifone G60 provides one of the easiest-to-use location experiences available because it is the only phone to fully integrate the world’s best selling GPS navigator with voice, data and mobile web.
“Personal navigation devices are already all about mobility and taking the Garmin experience everywhere as your mobile phone is truly compelling for customers who travel often,” said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We expect the nüvifone to be the guide for local restaurants, the least-expensive gas and the nearest coffee shop for many customers.”
”The nüvifone weaves location into nearly every facet of its functionality making it ideal for people who depend on location to navigate everyday life,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin’s president and COO. “The nüvifone has Garmin’s easy-to-use interface, so navigating to a meeting directly from its calendar or contacts pages, or geotagging an email or photograph with a location stamp, is intuitive, useful and fun”.
Navigate with turn-by-turn guidance
The nüvifone G60 has the same core features as a high-end Garmin nüvi® and comes preloaded with maps and millions of points of interest (POI) for North America. Customers who purchase a nüvifone will have everything that they need to use the device as an in-car navigation unit including a dashboard and windshield mount. The device can easily be mounted in the car or detached for portable navigational use.
Because the maps reside on the nüvifone customers always have access to navigation and they can receive turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions that speak street names to millions of destinations. If a turn is missed along the route, the nüvifone will automatically recalculate a route and get the user back on track. The nüvifone is able to provide reliable location information in the most challenging conditions because it has a real GPS receiver with Garmin’s HotFix™ technology and assisted GPS.
The nüvifone also has a “Where am I?” feature so users will know their exact latitude and longitude coordinates, nearest address, intersection, hospital, police station and gas station with one touch of the screen. Another great feature of nüvifone is for users who cannot find their car in an unfamiliar spot or crowded parking lot, nüvifone will automatically mark the position in which it was last removed from the windshield mount.
Surf the web
Nüvifone customers are just one click away from a full HTML browser that can be accessed via the nation’s fastest 3G network, or AT&T’s more than 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots. Garmin’s location link, which parses addresses on the web with latitude and longitude information, allows customers to easily navigate to addresses they discover on the web by simply touching the address. The touch-screen virtual keyboard which includes predictive text, is customizable to QWERTY or A to Z to allow customers to easily type in web addresses or send and receive text messages
Capture quality photos
The nüvifone G60 also includes a three megapixel camera with auto-focus. The camera automatically geotags images with an exact latitude and longitude reference of where the image was taken. Customers may then save the image so they can navigate back to the location, or email the geo-tagged image to others.
In addition to millions of preloaded POIs, customers can supplement the data with additional free and subscription content. The nüvifone includes free access to AT&T’s Yellow Pages, flight status and converter. Premium Connected Services gives customers subscription access to real-time traffic information, fuel prices, White Pages, weather and more.
Price and Availability
The nüvifone G60 will be available in AT&T stores or at www.wireless.att.com (opens in new tab) on October 4 for $299 with a two year service agreement after $100 mail-in-rebate. Nüvifone Premium Connected Services which includes traffic updates, white pages, weather, movie, local events and fuel price content are available for $5.99/month after a 30-day trial.
For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit www.att.com. (opens in new tab)
Additional information about the nüvifone product line is available at www.nuvifone.com.
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I went to their website from the link at the end of the article and it says this device has a Linux OS, not WinMo. I was a bit surprised to see that. I also have some concern about this device being outdated to some degree because it has been in the news for almost 2 years already. With smartphone tech changing at its current pace, a device that is put to market in a timely manner is usually outdated shortly after release, if not already by the time it hits a customers hands. In smartphone technology, 2 years is a long time. As always, I wish every one well, but I am doubting the success of this unit in todays market.
By Jez Corden