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Best Buy will offer the first two portable GPS devices under its Insignia house brand.
On Oct. 19, the company will begin selling two high-end portable navigation devices (PNDs), among the industry's first to include built-in cellular modems and local Google search. The devices will carry no service fees for the first year, Best Buy said.
The Bluetooth-capable units include a 4.3-inch Insignia NS-CNV20 at $499 and a 3.5-inch Insignia NS-CNV10 at $399. Integrated modems allow real-time traffic and live Google local searches plus access to Google Maps to look up a route on a home PC and forward the information to the PND.
Currently, only Dash has shipped a PND with a built-in cellular modem and live-search capability in the U.S.
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