TeleNav provides turn-by-turn voice guided navigation on Windows Phone 7

TeleNav provides turn-by-turn voice guided navigation on Windows Phone 7

Summary: Windows Phone 7 provides you with Bing Maps, but like non-Android Google Maps there is no turn-by-turn voice guided navigation. TeleNav provides this functionality with their GPS Navigator products on AT&T and T-Mobile.

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Windows Phone 7 comes loaded with Bing Maps and I do find it useful for finding places and checking out points of interest surrounding my location. However, it is like Google Maps on non-Android phones and does not provide you with turn-by-turn or voice guided navigation. You can get basic directions, but you will not be prompted for turns and must actively interact with your WP7 device to use Bing Maps to get to a destination.

If you have a T-Mobile or AT&T Windows Phone 7 device then you will find that TeleNav GPS Navigator or AT&T Navigator are preloaded on them so you can indeed get turn-by-turn and voice guided navigation. There is a $9.99 monthly fee for the service on both carriers, but you can get free 30 days to try it out and that is what I am using at the moment. TeleNav GPS Navigator is a powerful connected GPS navigation solution that gives you connected services such as real-time traffic alerts and weather for the location you are traveling in. There is no movie times support provided in the current version on WP7. Check out my video below for TeleNav GPS Navigator in action on my HTC HD7.

After you start up TeleNav GPS Navigator you will see it looks very similar to versions on Android, iOS, and BlackBerry with main options to Drive to, Search, Maps & traffic, and Tools & extras. There are options to view the weather, my stuff (favorites and recent places), preferences, and about information in Tools & extras. Inside preferences you will find areas to select settings in general, navigation, and navigation audio areas. General preferences include language selection, distance units, map colors, and volume. Navigation preferences include route style, maps style, backlight, and traffic alert toggles. In the navigation audio section you can choose how much audio you want to have played (none, instructions only, and full audio).

If you tap on Maps & traffic you will be taken to a map that shows your current location. Icons along the bottom are provided for find me, show traffic, search, and new map. If you tap on new map then a page appears prompting you to select an address. Tapping on search presents you with the same page that appears if you were to tap on Search from the main display. Search options include the ability to type of speak a destination or browse through different POI categories. I like the categories such as gas by price, WiFi spots, and parking spots and think these will be heavily used.

Since multi-tasking is not really supported in Windows Phone 7 when you leave GPS Navigator to go do something else then the application quits and navigation instructions stop. TeleNav does make it easy to get back to where you were with the quick option to select drive to and then resume. You can get back on track with just a couple of taps.

Also, if a call comes in then the call interface appears on top of the program and lets you take the call. When you hang up, then the program continues to function just like before the call came in.

For now, the TeleNav solution is the only option for turn-by-turn and voice guided GPS navigation on Windows Phone 7. The software is quite good and full featured and for many people who need up-to-date and accurate navigation the monthly fee may be worth it.

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  • Boo

    I love my WP7 phone, but Bing Maps on it is a big disappointment. For free on my WM 6.x device, Bing would give me turn-by-turn directions. Losing that functionality in what's supposed to be an upgrade is quite frustrating.
    ParrotHead_FL
  • RE: TeleNav provides turn-by-turn voice guided navigation on Windows Phone 7

    I would much rather buy some navigation software flat out rather than pay $10 a month to use it. I might as well just go out and buy a dedicated GPS for $80. That way, after 8 months I'll actually be saving money on it by comparison. I love my new WP7, but wish there was a good voice navigation option other than this monthly one. I really think that cellular carriers are trying to own everything in one monthly bill.<br><br>[Edit: Rumor over at Gizmocrunch says that a big update to WP7 might include cut/copy/paste, custom ring tone, 3rd party multitasking, and - more importantly here - free voice navigation via Bing Maps. Only a rumor, but something to hope for, here's a link <a href="http://www.gizmocrunch.com/rumors/4128-wp7-copy-paste-custom-ringtone-bing-navigation" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.gizmocrunch.com/rumors/4128-wp7-copy-paste-custom-ringtone-bing-navigation</a> ]
    luxsphinx@...
    • Yep

      @luxsphinx@... I just came back here to post the same thing, having read the same rumor as you. I'm looking forward to this update.

      Although, I wonder why the Maps app can't simply be updated by itself; I'm not clear on why it has to be rolled into the big OS update coming in January.
      ParrotHead_FL
  • RE: TeleNav provides turn-by-turn voice guided navigation on Windows Phone 7

    The best part of this is that when Windows Phone 7 arrives on Sprint this app and service will be free! on Sprint it is called Sprint Navigation but it is the same thing, only difference is Sprint includes it in all of there Everything Data plans...i find it to be better than Google Maps on my EVO.
    steveymacjr1
  • RE: TeleNav provides turn-by-turn voice guided navigation on Windows Phone 7

    "Traffic Updates Live!" for Windows Phone 7, allows you to get important info to plan your city drive or vacation drive.

    http://www.magickettle.com/trafficupdateslive/

    Cool App as it says !!
    dssonthenet
  • Upcoming updates

    You will read everywhere that Windows 7 Phone is only a shadow of its predecessor. MS needed to launch for the Xmas market and running behind schedule, they gutted their own firmware in order to get to market. So there are lots of apps that simply don't work on W7P and in the 4-months I've been looking, not one significant upgrade. I suspect there is a case here for misleading/false advertising, because the reasonable expectation with any new product is that it will be better than what it replaces. This is certainly not the case with W7P.
    I encourage all owners of a W7P to start blogging, commenting and generally filling the internet with complaints - it will definitely get MS to pull its finger out!
    EzyMedia
  • free gps navigatiob app for wp7

    Get driving, walking and cycling directions with street announcements using Bing or Google navigation API. Use Bing or ESRI base maps. Search for a venue, an address or tweets at your current location or at any location shown on the map using Google, Yelp or Twitter API.

    Send unlimited instant messages or free phone SMS to any US/Canada phone number. See your contacts' current locations on the map. Save, backup and restore your pushpins.

    Exchange pushpins ("Let's meet here!") He/she will be able to receive the pushpin and get driving directions to the location.

    ? Select a base map of your choice: Bing (road, aerial or aerial with labels) or ESRI (roads)
    ? Navigation service is powered by Google API and Bing API - your choice
    ? Directions can be requested in three modes: driving, bicycling (only Google) or walking
    ? Automatic route recalculation once you deviate from the calculated route for more than 60 meters
    ? Choice of voice and sound effect for maneuver announcements. The annoucement will be made 15 seconds before the required maneuver
    ? Metric and Imperial units are supported
    ? Location search powered by Google (by business name or address), Yelp or Twitter
    ? Save places (pushpins) for your future use. Backup and restore them from the cloud
    ? Exchange instant messages or SMS with your contacts: send text and pushpins
    ? Send location to your contacts ("Let's meet here!") User will see your location on the map and will be able to get driving directions to it
    ? During navigation map orientation can be set to North up or Direction up
    ? Pick your own picture for Mapish start screen
    zomarev