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Nokia Enters U.S. PND Market

8/27/2007 01:32:00 PM Eastern

Espoo, Finland — Nokia will launch its first personal navigation device (PND) in the United States by the end of the year.

The company announced today it will deliver a Nokia 500 dedicated auto GPS with turn-by-turn directions by the fourth quarter in Europe, and said the unit will be offered in North America by the end of the year, according to a spokesman.

The 500 will sell in Europe for the equivalent of $400 but no U.S. price has been set.

The 500 offers real-time traffic (in the European version) and doubles as a Bluetooth hands-free device for use with a cellphone.

The Nokia 500 is slated for the U.S. market by the end of the year.

The Nokia 500 is slated for the U.S. market by the end of the year.

It also acts as a PMP, with the ability to watch videos and playback music through the car’s sound system via a built-in FM transmitter.

Nokia began shipping a model 300 PND to Europe exclusively last year and has offered GPS add-on capability for cellular phones in the United States for several years.

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