Garmin to ship retail version of mobile software in South Africa

Mobile XT on Samsung Omnia
Mobile XT on Samsung Omnia
Avnic Trading, the official South African distributor of Garmin has announced the retail availability of Garmin Mobile XT version 5, the company’s navigation application for smart phones, with the latest regional mapping data. The product will be available in retail blister packs at leading retail outlets from the beginning of 2009, for a recommended retail price of R990 (US $100). Mobile XT works on a large range of Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 phones from HTC, Sony, Nokia and Samsung.

Regional map data
Garmap Africa Series 2008 Second Edition includes over 750,000 km of routable map data for 1,700 cities, towns and villages, as well as 55 nature reserves, in nine African countries (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi and Zambia). To date, the map set also includes over 190,000 points of interest (POIs). The map is based on MapIT and Georigin databases. Tele Atlas owns - since october 2007 - 76% of Georigin which itself owns 49% of MapIT.

Connected services

Garmin Mobile XT gives access to several online services: to check weather forecasts for their destinations, access flight details for many major airlines and geo-referenced pictures from Panoramio (Google).

Because safety is often one of the reasons for purchasing a navigation system in South Africa, Mobile XT includes a “panic button”, which automatically fires off an urgent location message to three emergency contacts whenever the ‘#’ key is depressed for more than 3 seconds in certain Samsung and Nokia handsets.

Tuesday, November 25th 2008

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