Yesterday Telenav created a small uproar with information provided that its new GPS app for the Verizon iPhone was due to hardware differences between the new Verizon iPhone and the original iPhone handsets. The information was given to me yesterday by a Telenav representative and confirmed by a second Telenav rep. Today I was informed by Telenav that these reps gave me incorrect information and I want to set the record straight. This is the official statement from Telenav regarding the new app for the Verizon iPhone:
The only differences in the development of the application from our perspective are related to backend items not related to the hardware including 1.) billing changes due to the Verizon version being billed to the iTunes account and AT&T Navigator being billed on the AT&T bill 2.) Branding differences in the app design due to this being a TeleNav branded application and 3.) The feature sets of TeleNav GPS and AT&T Navigator are different and the app needed to be re-designed for this as well.
The app has been designed to detect carrier IDs, which allows us to ensure that Verizon iPhone users only can use the application. If an AT&T iPhone user downloads this application and launches it, they will receive a notification upon launching the application explaining that TeleNav GPS is developed specifically for the Verizon iPhone and will be automatically redirected to the AT&T Navigator listing on the app store to download that product if they choose.
I would like to reiterate that the original information now known to be incorrect was provided to me by two Telenav representatives in face-to-face meetings at a Telenav event. The confirmation of the bad information was witnessed by another journalist who can attest to the statements as I originally reported. My reporting was accurate as far as the original information I was provided at the time but to give an accurate accounting of the situation I am updating it with this article. I apologize if the original information reported inconvenienced anyone in any way.