Starting today, Alltel customers have those directions at their fingertips with the launch of TeleNav, Inc.'s TeleNav GPS Navigator(TM). Alltel customers can now experience the convenience and efficiency of turn-by-turn navigation via their mobile device. Initially available on the BlackBerry 8703e and the Samsung u520, TeleNav GPS Navigator provides customers with access to 3D "bird's eye view" moving maps, voice and on-screen directions, information and directions to more than 10 million business listings (including gas prices and Wi-Fi hotspots) and pedestrian mode for use while walking.
Features of TeleNav GPS Navigator
* Voice and on-screen turn-by-turn directions - As you drive, you will get up-to-the minute guidance from an easily understood human voice. Receive automatic re-routing directions if you miss a turn. Users can also preview their routes before they begin driving and specify preferences including highways and streets.
* Biz Finder - Find businesses and services, including Wi-Fi hotspots, ATMs, restaurants, hotels, parking lots and shopping malls. Then easily navigate to them with the click of a button. Biz Finder also allows users to quickly look up and call the phone number for a business, saving money on unnecessary 411 directory calls.
* Fuel Finder - Save money by finding the lowest gas prices within a five-mile or wider radius.
* Full color moving maps - See colorful maps of specific GPS locations and pan and zoom the map to view the surrounding streets.
* Easy destination entry - TeleNav GPS Navigator provides three methods for address entry - preplan your trips on www.telenav.com, type in your destinations directly into your phone using the keypad, or dictate your destination using TeleNav's unique voice recognition address input system.
* Automatic map updates - Never worry about updating new map information or having to pay for updates - TeleNav provides this to its customers automatically and at no additional charge.
* Spot Marker - Easily find your car wherever you park it, such as in a large parking lot or on an unfamiliar downtown street.
* My Favorites - Save multiple addresses for easy access later.
Customers can activate TeleNav GPS Navigator on the Alltel Wireless BlackBerry 8703e or Samsung u520 for just $9.99 per month for unlimited use or $2.99 for use during one day (daily use is only available on Samsung phone). An Alltel Wireless data plan is also required or customers can choose to use voice minutes allotted to them in their Alltel Wireless subscription agreement.
To purchase TeleNav GPS Navigator, customers can download the application directly from their wireless device. An ongoing updated list of Alltel Wireless phones that support TeleNav GPS Navigator can also be found at www.telenav.com.
Alltel Wireless along with Research In Motion (RIM) also announced today that the BlackBerry 8703e wireless handset is available to Alltel customers. The BlackBerry 8703e supports phone, e-mail, messaging, organizer, browser and other mobile applications that work on Alltel's next generation high-speed Axcess Broadband network and supports turn-by-turn navigation with its built-in GPS capabilities.
The BlackBerry 8703e is available from Alltel for $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The price is available to new customers on two-year service agreements as well as to existing eligible customers on qualifyin rate plans.