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  • TomTom iPhone Car Kit Pricing Released

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    As previously noted, the TomTom iPhone car kit - consisting of a cradle and suction-cup mounting hardware - has been delayed until at least last month. Yesterday, the European iTunes App Store had the car kit up for pre-sale before unceremoniously taking it down. Today, there was a short press release from TomTom confirming the European price and adding US pricing:
    TomTom announces today that the TomTom car kit for the iPhone will have a recommended retail price of EUR 99.99 or USD 119.95.

    The TomTom car kit will be available this October and will be sold separately from the TomTom app. It will be compatible with the iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS.

    All further details on the car kit will be made available soon.
    Some observers were frustrated that the Euro App Store listing indicated that 99 would be the price for app and car kit together when the reality is that the two will be sold separately. This makes for some considerable sticker shock - in the US, that's $119.95 for the kit on top of the $99 for the app - that GPS bloggers are taking exception to.

    The cradle includes a separate GPS module for improved positioning, and provides enhanced audio capabilities in addition to iPhone charging. However, it lacks features - such as live traffic integration - that competitors are including in ther iPhone products, and requires that any third-party case be removed first.

    As alluded to in the press release, there is still no projected ship date for the product.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: TomTom iPhone Car Kit Pricing Released started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      What a f***ing rip off!!!! WTF i was expecting like 30 bucks. It's only plastic and simple electronics lmao. 3G users are screwed because I noticed it's slower gettig a gps signal. With the 3gs however you don't need that cradle is works perfectly without it.
    1. santaf's Avatar
      santaf -
      that's wayyyy too insane pricing
    1. Blowfish64's Avatar
      Blowfish64 -
      Better GPS lock
      Live traffic updates

      Sh!tty GPS lock that bounces around all over the place
      Have to get a car kit to get it to lock as well as Navigon.
      No text-to-speech
      No live traffic updates

      Oh my God, I'm just sooooooo torn! How could anyone ever decide between them?!
    1. eatdirt1's Avatar
      eatdirt1 -
      what a rip of,120.00 dollars my ***,i need to go still one lol.....
    1. reddawg's Avatar
      reddawg -
      I think TomTom has missed the boat on this one. Not many people are going to pay $99 for the app and then $119.95 for a powered dock with an untested external GPS receiver. Which in my opinion is not needed. I have no problems with Navigon losing GPS locks and find its features to be superior to TomTom.

      The ratings and written reviews even support my opinion. Right now the Navigon North America app is the top grossing app in the AppStore. Navigon ratings are 4 1/2 stars while TomTom is just 3 stars.

      While I like the idea of a powered dock with a speaker, I can't justify paying an addition $129.

      I purchased the ARKON Travelmount Mini Windshield, Dashboard, Console Mount for Apple iPhone 3G for $13.99 on eBay. This has worked very well for me. It has excellent suction cup comparable to Garmin and TomTom units. I power my iPhone 3G using a car charger cable purchased on eBay for about $4.99
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      I am able to listen to my ipod music and GPS navigation instructions through my car's speakers by connecting my iPhone audio jack to my car's auxilary port. This has worked very well and is cheap in comparison to TomTom's dock.

      For those looking for a windshield/dash mount for an iPhone 3G(s) that has a protective case, there is the Arkon SM215 Travelmount Mini Windshield, Dash, and Console Mobile Phone Mount for my iPhone 3G. It sells for $19.95 directly from Arkon at www . arkon . com

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    1. aperry's Avatar
      aperry -
      What kind of a moron would spend $219 on this package when Navigon is universally reviewed as a superior app and performs perfectly well without a $120 mount?

      Nice job TomTom marketing team! You guys are brilliant!

    1. ThinkTank's Avatar
      ThinkTank -
      They've being told that idiotic iPhone owners will pay for anything connected to apple. Wow is all I can say. Anyways when is te china knock off coming out.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      rip off..not getting this...plus iphone 3GS it self is good enough already..they just want money from us.. all i need is my iphone car holder and power plug charger for my car and im good..cost me like 40 bucks..oh and navigon kick tomtom booty
    1. smartprofi's Avatar
      smartprofi -
      yes work with navigon great i have this
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Could buy a standalone for just the price of the accessory itself.
      Now put the app + stand together and I can buy a new 3GS w/ a new contract.

      No thank you.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      What a rip... they should include the app at this price. Oh well, app works fine without it anyway. If they sell this kit at best buy maybe the gf can get it for employee price >.>
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      hopefully NO ONE buys this garbage just for the stunt they're trying to pull.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      It's a nice piece of kit to supliment the appalling implementation of GPS in the iPhone. I was thinking of getting it for my CoPilot - but not at that price.
    1. enrigonz's Avatar
      enrigonz -
      in todays economy, you have to be kidding and crazy to try charging some outrageous amount of money for things like this knowing you can buy a GPS anywhere with the same good features for $99 which is the "sweet spot" for this item combined with the software
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      this looks pretty cool but you better get the tomtom app with that price, there out their minds but some dumb *** will buy it for that price. WHY?
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      It should be only like 10 max if you bought the TomTom app from the AppStore
    1. jolyrogger's Avatar
      jolyrogger -
      looks like another easy target for thieves to make money off of. When ppl purchase this and have it installed, no one is going to take the extra effort to take out the stand when they leave their cars. Its going to be another Satelite radio thing all over again.
    1. gadjet0's Avatar
      gadjet0 -
      The trouble is that when they charge that much for a mount, the thieves will be breaking into cars to nick the mount, never mind what was in it!!!

      I think I'll stick to a mount that cost 9.99.

      Sorry jolyrogger, should have read to the end of the thread before I posted.....
    1. wiskyoner's Avatar
      wiskyoner -
      thank god for **********... tomtom=$0.00 so i only have to pay about a $100 for the mount lol. still no thanks.
    1. Blowfish64's Avatar
      Blowfish64 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wiskyoner View Post
      thank god for **********... tomtom=$0.00 so i only have to pay about a $100 for the mount lol. still no thanks.
      Haha, you know I remember TomTom ******** about how everyone was pirating their software for Windows Mobile so they decided to stop selling it. Guess they haven't learned their lesson. When you price your stuff out of the market, people are just going to go get it for free to spite you. They're not exactly the sharpest tools in the shed over at TomTom.