LG ships first feature phone with off-board nav

LG ships first feature phone with off-board nav
Last week handset manufacturer LG Electronics shipped the LG GT505, its first feature phone to offer GPS and turn by turn navigation.

“Mobile GPS-navigation services have previously been preserved for high end handsets segment”, said Daniel Hernandez, Product Marketing Director for LG Mobile Communications Europe. “The introduction of Wisepilot for LG addresses the increasing demand from our customers to also offer mobile navigation to a wider consumer base.”

“Wisepilot for LG”, powered by Appello and deCarta (read more here), is a turn-by-turn navigation software for cars and pedestrians. The solution features several additional services available free of charge: Wcities premium guides (global), Wikipedia local search (global), Weather and wind forecasts (global) and automatic travel journal.

Wisepilot is free for the first month, then two options are offered: €24,95 including VAT for 3-months or €69,95 for 1 year, both with pan-European maps included. Real-time traffic information (in Europe and selected markets) and safety camera warning (Europe) are available as premium subscriptions on top of the basic navigation package.

The LG GT505 features a proprietary operating system, a 3" 400 x 240 pixel touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, GPS, WiFi and 3.5G support.

This device will be available in 40 countries, although the preload of Wisepilot will depends on operators’ willingness. For example, Orange UK will start offering this device this month, it is however unlikely that the Wisepilot solution will be preloaded since the operator already has Orange Navigation (powered by Telmap).

Monday, June 1st 2009

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