Garmin Mobile 10 turns Bluetooth enabled laptops and PDAs into GPS navigators

Garmin Mobile 10 turns Bluetooth enabled laptops and PDAs into GPS navigators

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12 September 2006: Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. announced on September 12 Garmin Mobile 10, a unique product that turns Bluetooth enabled devices such as laptops, smartphones, Pocket PCs, and PDAs into GPS navigators. The Garmin Mobile 10 system includes either Garmin Mobile XT or nRoute navigation software, and the GPS 10x, a highly sensitive GPS sensor that determines location data using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and transmits that information to mobile devices enabled with Bluetooth wireless technology

The sleek and compact GPS 10x sensor comes with a removable clip that makes it easy to carry or secure in a car. It has a removable lithium-ion battery for up to 20-hours of use, and a 12-volt USB adaptor for recharging and extended use. For added convenience, the GPS 10x battery is interchangeable with the battery on many popular Nokia phones (BL-5C).

Garmin Mobile 10 gives owners the same high-quality map and navigation features found on other Garmin automotive GPS devices. The included Garmin Mobile XT or nRoute DVD-ROM contains software and full map coverage for North America or Europe. Those using Garmin Mobile 10x with their laptop, will use nRoute, a navigation software application optimized for the laptop display. Those using Garmin Mobile 10 with a compatible smartphone or Pocket PC will use Garmin Mobile XT, a navigation software application that delivers Garmin’s intuitive interface and powerful features.

Garmin nRoute and Garmin Mobile XT both allow the user to look up millions of points of interest such as restaurants, hotels, ATMs, and gas stations. After entering a destination, the device will choose the fastest or shortest route to navigate the user from door to door. Users will receive voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions while showing a moving map on the display. The device automatically recalculates a route if the driver misses a turn, and it will also notify drivers of their estimated time of arrival. Map data is provided by NAVTEQ.

Garmin Mobile 10 will be available in November 2006 for a suggested retail price of $199. Visit the Garmin Mobile Buyer’s Guide, , to purchase a customized Garmin Mobile 10 package for Bluetooth enabled laptops, smartphones, Pocket PCs, or PDAs.

– Garmin International Inc.
Garmin International Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. group of companies, which designs and manufactures navigation, communication and information devices – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.