http://mobilitytoday.com/articles/palm_treo_tomtom/2.html SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 15, 2006 -- For Palm Treosmartphone users and GPS enthusiasts, Palm, Inc. today announced the Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition, featuring new TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 software. Drivers using the new GPS Navigator with their Treo smartphones can rely on voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions to easily find their destinations as well as millions of points of interest, including gas stations, restaurants,, parks, airports and more. TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 is initially available only with Palm’s GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition. The new SiRFstarIII powered GPS receiver with Bluetooth(R) technology, which features a sleek design and easier-to-see LED lights, seamlessly pairs with Treo 650, Treo 700w and Treo 700p smartphones. The product is simple to set up thanks to a 1GB memory card preloaded with maps. Travelers simply pop the memory card into their Treo smartphone and pair the GPS receiver to access highway and street-level maps covering the United States and Canada. No desktop syncing or downloading of maps is required. Using the smartphone’s high-resolution screen, TomTom’s NAVIGATOR 6 software automatically shows the receiver’s (and hence, the car’s) current location. “The future of mobile navigation is smartphones,” said Jim Schwabe, general manager of accessories for Palm. “The beauty is that this powerful GPS solution is always readily available because it’s part of something people are carrying anyway – their Treo smartphone.” “The convergence of portable electronic devices is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States,” said Jocelyn Vigreux, president of TomTom. “Palm’s new GPS product, offering TomTom’s new NAVIGATOR 6 software, is a testament of our joint efforts to continue to provide our customers with essential smartphone add-ons as navigation becomes more and more mainstream.” TomTom, a leading provider of personal navigation products and services, has upgraded their NAVGATOR 6 software to offer better coast-to-coast and cross-border navigation, as well as additional options when searching for points of interest. Other new features include trip planning based on preferred arrival time, speed-limit information and integrated navigation to the smartphone’s contact list. How It Works The Bluetooth technology-enabled receiver sits on the car dashboard, where it identifies the car’s position using GPS satellites. By communicating with the GPS receiver via Bluetooth, the Treo smartphone obtains real-time location information and displays 2-D or 3-D maps by TomTom. After a destination has been programmed, the GPS Navigator gives voice-guided, turn-by-turn instructions in one of more than 30 available voices. It will also automatically recalculate a route after a wrong turn, to avoid a roadblock or to circumvent traffic congestion. Pricing and Availability At $299 (estimated U.S. street price), Palm’s GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition includes a SiRFstarIII powered GPS receiver with Bluetooth technology, TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 software featuring the latest Tele Atlas(R) maps, a 1GB memory card with preloaded maps of the continental United States and Canada, a vehicle device cradle with windshield mount and a charging system. The GPS Navigator from Palm is now available on Palm’s online and retail stores (http://www.palm.com/us/stores/). About Palm, Inc. Palm, Inc., a leader in mobile computing, strives to put the power of computing in people’s hands so they can access and share their most important information. The company’s products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses include Palm(R) Treo(TM) smartphones, Palm handheld computers, and Palm LifeDrive(TM) mobile managers, as well as software, services and accessories. Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and Palm online stores (http://www.palm.com/store). More information about Palm, Inc. is available at http://www.palm.com. # # # Palm, Treo and LifeDrive are among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.