Voice guided navigation comes to the iPhone as AT&T Navigator

Voice guided navigation comes to the iPhone as AT&T Navigator

Summary: I wrote how the T-Mobile G1 beat the iPhone to voice-guided navigation with the TeleNav client on T-Mobile. Today, AT&T and TeleNav announced that AT&T Navigator is now available in the Apple App Store. AT&T Navigator is the AT&T-branded version of the TeleNav software found on many Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and Nokia S60 mobile platforms, as well as their dedicated PND, and brings true, high-powered voice navigation to the Apple iPhone. AT&T Navigator is a subscription-based service costing $9.99 per month, billable through your AT&T phone service. I now have it loaded on my new iPhone 3GS and will be using it tonight and posting a first impressions article for you to all see it in action so you can make an informed purchase decision.

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I wrote how the T-Mobile G1 beat the iPhone to voice-guided navigation with the TeleNav client on T-Mobile. Today, AT&T and TeleNav announced that AT&T Navigator is now available in the Apple App Store. AT&T Navigator is the AT&T-branded version of the TeleNav software found on many Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, and Nokia S60 mobile platforms, as well as their dedicated PND, and brings true, high-powered voice navigation to the Apple iPhone. AT&T Navigator is a subscription-based service costing $9.99 per month, billable through your AT&T phone service. I now have it loaded on my new iPhone 3GS and will be using it tonight and posting a first impressions article for you to all see it in action so you can make an informed purchase decision.

AT&T Navigator (iTunes link) for the Apple iPhone looks beautiful on the display and so far seems to work quite well. Features of AT&T Navigator include:

  • Automatic content updates
  • Voice and on-screen turn-by-turn directions
  • Speech recognition to help you find your destination
  • Traffic alerts
  • 3D maps (these look awesome on the iPhone)
  • Business listings (over 10 million businesses included)
  • In-route customization
  • Online trip planning (my FAVORITE feature)

The client is the same as what you have seen on other mobile devices, which means it is full featured and quite amazing. Stay tuned later for my full hands-on, including a video of the software in action.

Topics: AT&T, Apple, Apps, iPhone, Nokia, Smartphones, Telcos, Windows

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  • just curious

    Why did you choose to pay for subscription for the app instead of buying a dedicated navigation unit without any ongoing costs?
    nothingness
    • Trying it out for a month to see how well it works

      I actually have little need for GPS navigation most of the time since I commute by train. However, with my daughter's having a ton of soccer tournaments this summer it is handy to have some solution and a monthly subscription with the latest maps and data is cheaper than buying a GPS navigation unit.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • My Touch has had this for free on Sprint since at least last year .

    What a ripoff. I dont even use it but I have it and its absolutely free. I generally use live and google maps but I have used it and it works just like tomtom.
    The Apple/At&T moneypit just gets bigger and bigger.

    snafu_77
  • $9.99 a month

    Damn. I can't see paying that for the few times a year I would use it. Isn't there anything better out there?
    bobiroc
    • Alternative?

      Has Anyone used the G-Map app for the iphone? It is $24.99 which is 2.5 months of service from AT&T's app but appears to be decently reviewed. I would be willing to pay somthing like that if the map updates were free or a resonable annual charge.
      bobiroc
    • Google Maps!

      I use Google Maps on my Blackjack, works similar to the ATT Naviagator, but without the voice turn by turn, you do get a map with turn by turn. And it's free.
      john.duncan@...
    • RE: Voice guided navigation comes to the iPhone as AT&T Navigator

      @bobiroc - You'll use it more than you think. It's very handy when you have to go a different route or are somewhere not familiar and want to get to a certain destination. You can just go with confidence and find out how to get there without worrying about getting lost. The re-routing is quick and allows to go the way you want. It's really worth the 9.99/month
      jhulswit
  • It's already included in my low sprint price on my Pre

    I have been using this on my Pre and it is included in the monthly fee (Family plan $129, 2 phones, unlimited text, data, nav, nights after 7 and wkends, and 1500 anytime minutes).

    It works pretty well and the real time traffic (also included) is awesome. Really up-to-date with good detail on the problem and rerouting options.

    Still hate the Sprint network (dropped more calls in 2 weeks than I did on Verizon in 2 years) but I love the Pre.
    samirj
  • RE: Voice guided navigation comes to the iPhone as AT&T Navigator

    Orange UK have offered a voice-guided SatNav application for their phones for a while now. Works fine, and is free on my contract.
    meister2681
  • RE: Voice guided navigation comes to the iPhone as AT&T Navigator

    I just started using the service and it works great. I like the voice feature so I don't have to stare at the phone while I'm trying to drive. It's great- what's everyone whining about?
    jhulswit