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Garmin To Release Nuvifone Oct. 4

Olathe, Kan.
– The long-awaited Garmin Nuvifone G60 smartphone/GPS device will become
available Oct. 4 for $299 after rebate through AT&T.

Garmin claimed the
Nuvifone G60 has the same core features of a high-end Nuvi portable GPS device,
including a true GPS receiver, preloaded maps of North
America and millions of preloaded points of interest.

The Nuvifone also has a touchscreen virtual keyboard and a 3-megapixel camera with autofocus; it will be available at AT&T stores and online at and will also be sold through retailers that carry AT&T phones, said Garmin.

“The Nuvifone
weaves location into nearly every facet of its functionality, making it ideal
for people who depend on location to navigate everyday life,” said Cliff
Pemble, Garmin president and COO. Users can navigate to a contact in their
calendar or geo-tag an email or photograph.

First scheduled
for release a year ago, the G60 is based on a closed Linux-based system. Users
receive turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions with spoken street names. The Nuvifone
also has a “Where am I?” feature, so users will know their exact
latitude and longitude coordinates, and a car finder feature for locating a car
in the parking lot.

The Nuvifone price
of $299 is after a $100 rebate and requires a two-year service agreement. 

Live traffic and other updates, including white-page listings, movies, local events and fuel prices, require a separate $5.99/month subscription after a 30-day trial. Turn-by-turn directions and yellow-page listings (for points of interest) are free of charge.