BestBuy to launch connected PNDs under its own brand

BestBuy to launch connected PNDs under its own brand
CE trade magazine TWICE reported last week that U.S. retailer BestBuy will start selling two connected PNDs under its own brand on October 19. The two devices, a 4.3-inch, Bluetooth Insignia NS-CNV20 at $499 and a 3.5-inch Insignia NS-CNV10 at $399, will be available with the Insignia brand name under which BestBuy already sells a large range of consumer electronics products from digital cameras to TV sets.

Both devices have a built-in wireless connectivity allowing to perform local search with Google and to download traffic information. The user will also have the possibility to send an address to its device from Google Maps. The connectivity is free for the first year of use, no detail has been revealed regarding the cost of the subscription renewal.

It is interesting to see a retailer such as BestBuy taking the lead on offering connected PNDs in the United States. So far the only available device of this kind was Dash Express but it was only sold online.

Monday, October 6th 2008

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