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TomTom introduces on-line content sharing and new TomTom GO 720 in New Zealand
Posted on 12-Feb-2008 20:17 | Tags Filed under: News

TomTom introduces on-line content sharing and new TomTom GO 720 in New Zealand
TomTom has announced the arrival of its TomTom GO 720 GPS device in New Zealand. The TomTom GO 720 features a new slim design, the latest version of TomTom’s navigation software and new features.

“The TomTom GO 720 is the ultimate car navigator,” said Chris Kearney, Marketing Manager, Australia and New Zealand. “The GO 720 delivers the best navigation experience with unrivalled ease-of-use and a host of premium features including hands-free calling, iPod control and an FM transmitter.”

It comes pre-installed with the most up-to-date, door-to-door map of New Zealand on its internal memory. The recommended retail price for TomTom GO 720 is NZ$799.

Some of the features of the GO 720 New Zealand include an extra large 4.3 inch touch screen with high quality graphics for a better impression of the surroundings; enhanced hands-free calling with high quality sound system; built-in FM transmitter to transmit sound over own car stereo; MP3 playback and full iPod control (with accessory cable) plus the ability to exchange positions via Bluetooth wireless technology.

The device is capable of operating up to five hours on a full battery before it needs recharging. It measures 118 mm x 83 mm x 24 mm and weighs 220 grams.

The company also announced its content-sharing platform for TomTom devices that allows users to easily download, upload and share a wealth of navigation content with other users for free.

The content available to share and download will offer something for everyone from personalised start-up images, to warning sounds to funny voices and more.

The platform will be made available on the latest version of TomTom HOME, which has been unveiled for both PC and MAC users. This new version is available now.

The content-sharing platform comes fully integrated into the new version of TomTom HOME, is easy-to-use and requires no separate installation. Users simply connect their device to their computer, launch TomTom HOME and select the type of content that interests them.

Within each area the user will see a list of content supplied either by TomTom, a third party or individual TomTom customers. They simply click on the “add” button to install the content onto their TomTom device. To upload and share content, users simply fill in a short description of the content and can then easily transfer the item from their device to TomTom HOME.

Users can rate content via a star system, as well as sort it by how it’s rated by the TomTom community. Additionally, TomTom HOME will automatically distribute any updates to existing content, for example if someone updates a POI set of favourite restaurants, their changes would automatically be sent out to TomTom HOME users who have previously downloaded that set.

In addition to the content-sharing platform, the new version of TomTom HOME features new management improvements to Map Share, TomTom’s patented map improvement technology. Now users can limit the corrections they download by country or region, enabling those with limited memory space on their device to use Map Share more selectively.

Additionally, Map Share now features a status indicator which keeps users informed on how up to date their maps are.
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