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Trafficmaster launches SmartNav offboard navigation for Windows Mobile


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Trafficmaster, purveyors of the SmartNav offboard 'personal assistant' based navigation solution have now made their product available to Windows Mobile users.

Detailed here on the Smartnav Mobile site, the product differs from most of the currently available navigation solutions in that is offboard (that is to say the map data is not stored on your device), it is intelligently based upon current time of day and traffic conditions (those green and blue 'lampost' type things at the side of the road are Trafficmaster beacons for measuring traffic flow) and also in that you can plan your route by phoning and talking to a real Trafficmaster 'Personal Assistant' in a call centre in the UK. They will help you set up your route, which will then be sent down to your phone.

Intrigued?

SmartNav Mobile has just left the Beta phase and is available as a 30 day trial. After this time, SmartNav Mobile will be available as a 12 month activation for just £49.95 or a rolling monthly subscription for £4.95 per month. You will also be charged for calls to the 'PA' at your appropriate network rates. In addition, the application itself will normally be £29.95, but this is waived until the end of the month as part of the launch.

If you want to try it out, now seems like a good time!

Device support is currently officially limited to the XDA Orbit II, XDA Stellar, XDA Mantle, HTC Touch Cruise, HTC TyTN II, HTC6500... although the device shot on the website shows the XDA Ignito aka the HTC Diamond! Based on that, I suspect if you have a GPS equipped QVGA or VGA handset you should be OK... WQVGA and WVGA do NOT seem to be supported at this time.

Head on over to the product page to get started and as always, let us know how you get on! You can also find the user guide in PDF format here. <_<

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Guest awarner (MVP)

Subscription service is not that cheap compared to what you can buy plus if the map data is not on your system there is also the added data charge that the site has aparently forgotten to mention?

The only advantage is the personal service at £0.59 a minute.

TomTom also use the traffic master system as subscription service which includes speed cameras for £34.95 a year.

Only in the FAQ section is the following,

Is there any cost for the route itself?

Yes, but these are very small and are normally covered within your contract with your mobile phone provider. Typically a Smartnav route is around 20-30 kb of data.

So data is normally covered? depending on how much you use your allowance or even if you have one.

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Guest trafficmaster

Just to clarify, Trafficmaster is still offering free trials to Windows mobile customers. There is a 60 day trial available here. You don't need to supply any payment details, so it is totally risk free. It is expected that by end of August, the free trial will be issued only after payment details are supplied. In the free trial period, authentication codes are created manually, so there may be a delay of a few hours. Feedback is gratefully received from users. What Mobile gave it a 4 star rating, while Auto Express did the same in its recent group test.

http://www.trafficmaster.co.uk/mobile/download.php

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  • 4 months later...

I've been using this software for a month now, and it's really quite excellent. It gets you where you need to go, and fast. You honestly don't even notice it rerouting to avoid traffic, or when you stray off route, and everything is just so simple and straightforward. Put in your postcode or address and forget about it! You can't go wrong. I've even stopped using my TomTom now! One less piece of hardware to carry around ;)

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