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Navigon Mulls iPhone Kit

9/30/2009 10:53:51 AM Eastern

Chicago
- Navigon said it is still evaluating a launch of a GPS-mounting kit for the
iPhone for the U.S.
market under its own brand.

Although it
recently partnered with Kensington to create a universal mounting kit for all
GPS brands, due for release Nov. 3 in Apple Stores, Navigon's president of the
Americas Michael Roach said, "We're still evaluating the U.S. market ... We're
leaving the option open right now," noting that a Navigon kit is still planned
for Europe, possibly this month.

Kensington
announced recently it had partnered
with Navigon
to create a $39 car mount that is designed to work with any
GPS app on the iPhone by amplifying the sound so turn-by-turn directions are
easier to hear. The kit affixes the iPhone to a windshield or vent and delivers
volume twice as loud without causing drain on the iPhone's battery, said
Kensington.

The Navigon logo
will appear on the kit's packaging along with screen shots of the Navigon
turn-by-turn GPS app on the App Store.

Navigon claimed
its MobileNavigator GPS app is the highest-grossing paid app on the Apple App
Store.