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    Awesome news... SiRF Star III has finally arrived in Globalsat BT-338 SiRF Star III Bluetooth GPS Receiver. It's available through pre-order with a substantial discount from www.semsons.com and www.buygpsnow.com.

    SiRF Star III is far better than anything currently packaged with TomTom and Mapopolis, etc. It apparently even gets decent reception from low signals indoors and between highrise buildings.

    Here's the basic specs:

    The BT-338 from Globalsat is the first Bluetooth GPS receiver to use SiRF star III chipset.

    SiRF star III chipset delivers high sensitivity for greater availability in far more environments, and provides superior location performance, both indoors and out.

    The BT-338 builds in the SiRF Star III Low Power chipset to achieve higher sensitivity.

    It communicates with Host platform (PDA, Laptopů) Via Bluetooth Serial Port Profile.

    A replaceable battery with larger capacity (1700mAh) enables the BT-338 to run for up to 15 hours.

    A sliding battery lid makes it more user-friendly. With its tiny and delicate look, the BT-338 is definitely your best choice!

    3 LEDs showing the status of rechargeable Li-ion battery, GPS status and Bluetooth status.

    Bluetooth operation range:10 Meters.
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    any reviews on this? how much better is it than the one that comes with the tomtom?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smartphone
    any reviews on this? how much better is it than the one that comes with the tomtom?
    PocketPC Thoughts has a review up over here:

    http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/arti...n=expand,38729
    Siemens S46 -> Siemens S56 -> Motorola MPx200 -> Moto v600 -> Audiovox SMT5600 -> Treo 650 -> Motorola Q (14 days) -> Treo 650 -> Treo 700w -> Treo 750
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    I see nothing that indicates it's compatibility with Palm OS. Am I missing something? I did see pictures of it's software on PPC, though. Doesn't help us much, but it looks nice. Maybe if not already, they will develop a Palm edition.
    Vince
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    I don't know alot about this. but I thought this is just a bluetooth gps antenna and you would use tomtom software, which is what I was thinking of doing. So it doesn't need to be OS compatible, just bluetooth. but i maybe wrong.
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    Yup. 99%+ of GPS receivers available support one of 3-4 different protocols:
    NMEA 0183
    Garmin binary (Almos ALL Garmin binary capable receivers can also be set to output NMEA 0183)
    Rockwell binary
    I think the SiRF chips may have the option of their own protocol, or else they're Rockwell binary compatible. But anything that supports older SiRF chips should support the new ones without any modifications at all.
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    Ok, so the software shown may be incompatible, but the BT antennae is. That makes more sense. I know from experience how much difference there is between supposedly similar antennae! It does read like a really good one (from a numbers standpoint). I'll be anxiously awaiting a review from someone! I'm shopping around now for a decent one.
    Vince
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    Looks like TomTom Navigator 2004 is compatible with GlobalSat BT-338 ...
    http://www.buygpsnow.com/item.aspx?itemid=423

    I plan on using this set up this weekend and will report my findings to the forum.
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    Katway,
    I purchased this setup for my 650. Received it last Friday. I had to install Tom Tom a few times. It would not find the maps i installed on my SD card. I finally got it to work on Saturday and had no problems with it since. The software is easy to use and the Globalsat works great. I used it in downtown Chicago and never lost the signal.
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    can you be on the phone and still have the navigation directing you via map of course. can the antenna be charged via cigarette light adapter?

    thanks
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    When a call comes through, navigator turns off. As soon as you end the call, navigator turns on with the route still in tact. Antenna can be charged via cigarette adapter (which is included) but the battery life is over 10 hours for the antenna. Plus it has a 10 minute auto turn off. Which is nice if you leave the car for a bit and come back, you wont have to worry about turning the atenna off. The only drawback (which in minor) is that when the unit is connected, two LED lights blink on the antenna.
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    Tried the GlobalSat BT-338 with SirfStar III and it works flawlessly with TomTom Navigator 2004. [Note that I have heard that the TomTom Navigator 5 with Bluetooth (soon to be released) will include the same GlobalSat Bluetooth GPS branded for TomTom.]

    The GlobalSat BT-338 is simply an awesome Bluetooth GPS. The accuracy is incredible and I even get a signal indoors. (I highly recommend getting the GlobalSat BT-338 or at least a bluetooth GPS with SirfStar III accuracy.) In addition, GlobalSat BT-338 runs for a long time without charging. It will even turn off after 10 minutes of no use in order to save the battery life. For example, it is so energy efficient that I used it while traveling for 4 days between Nevada, Arizona, and Utah (about 12 hours of driving time) and I never had to recharge it.
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    How much does it cost?
    ~'kito
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    Anyone know if the version 5 will continue to navigate on the screen while on a call. This would be a deal killer as I'd like to still be on calls while driving but get visual cues for driving directions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katway
    Tried the GlobalSat BT-338 with SirfStar III and it works flawlessly with TomTom Navigator 2004. [Note that I have heard that the TomTom Navigator 5 with Bluetooth (soon to be released) will include the same GlobalSat Bluetooth GPS branded for TomTom.]

    The GlobalSat BT-338 is simply an awesome Bluetooth GPS. The accuracy is incredible and I even get a signal indoors. (I highly recommend getting the GlobalSat BT-338 or at least a bluetooth GPS with SirfStar III accuracy.) In addition, GlobalSat BT-338 runs for a long time without charging. It will even turn off after 10 minutes of no use in order to save the battery life. For example, it is so energy efficient that I used it while traveling for 4 days between Nevada, Arizona, and Utah (about 12 hours of driving time) and I never had to recharge it.

    I have read that if you buy TomTom 2004 you will get a free upgrade to 2005 when it is released. Do you know if that is the case with the above bundle?

    Thanks,
    E44

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    I think that I found the answer. It looks like it will be if you purchased 2004 60 days or less prior to 5's release. It's mostly speculation at the moment but I think that I will wait a couple of weeks and then order if 5 hasnt been released.
    Last edited by Enzo44; 04/13/2005 at 05:01 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katway
    Tried the GlobalSat BT-338 with SirfStar III and it works flawlessly with TomTom Navigator 2004. [Note that I have heard that the TomTom Navigator 5 with Bluetooth (soon to be released) will include the same GlobalSat Bluetooth GPS branded for TomTom.]

    The GlobalSat BT-338 is simply an awesome Bluetooth GPS. The accuracy is incredible and I even get a signal indoors. (I highly recommend getting the GlobalSat BT-338 or at least a bluetooth GPS with SirfStar III accuracy.) In addition, GlobalSat BT-338 runs for a long time without charging. It will even turn off after 10 minutes of no use in order to save the battery life. For example, it is so energy efficient that I used it while traveling for 4 days between Nevada, Arizona, and Utah (about 12 hours of driving time) and I never had to recharge it.
    What makes you think that the TomTom Nav 5 will have the GlobalSat? I just ordered the GlobalSat/TomTom 2004 package but the TomTom Nav 5 picture on the website seems to be of a much thinner GPS device. I was actually having buyer's remorse -- so I hope you are right. Where'd you get your info?
    Thanks.
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    You can get TomTom buy it self or with their GPS. Or you can go to semsons.com who has their own bundle for a great price of the global sat and Tom Tom 2004.

    I bought the Global Sat buy it self and use it with Mapopolis which I already had. It works flawlessly on my 650. Your results may be different.

    There are some annoying things that have to do with the 650 and not the global sat. Or maybe it's the fault of Mapololis. But if you change programs like to check your calendar or something, when you come back to Mapopolis you have to go to the menu screen and select GPS and start it up again. Not something you really want to do when you're driving.

    Anyhow, if you're in the market for a blue tooth GPS there is NO question the global sat is hands down the winner. Check out gpspassion.com for an expert opinion.
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    I'm also curious if the TomTom Nav 5 "thin" GPS is actually a re-branded GlobalSat. I'm getting ready for a large trip and looking to buy, and the GlobalSat review on gpspassion has sold me. I just need to figure out if I should wait for the TomTom 5 pack, or just buy the TomTom 2004/BT-338 bundle on semsons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mportune
    I'm also curious if the TomTom Nav 5 "thin" GPS is actually a re-branded GlobalSat. I'm getting ready for a large trip and looking to buy, and the GlobalSat review on gpspassion has sold me. I just need to figure out if I should wait for the TomTom 5 pack, or just buy the TomTom 2004/BT-338 bundle on semsons.
    From the pictures of the GlobalSat on Semsons and the pictures of the TomTom GPS on their website, they don't look to be the same unit. Unless the photo is just taken at such an angle as to make the GlobalSat appear much thinner. But if the TomTom unit is indeed manufactured for them by GlobalSat why wouldn't GlobalSat want the thinner form factor for their units?
    Inquiring minds want to know whats up.
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    For anyone who cares, these appear to be the dimensions of the GlobalSat vs. the upcoming TomTom bluetooth GPS:

    GlobalSat: 72.5 mm x 40 mm x 23 mm
    TomTom: 87.8 mm x 43mm x 15.1 mm

    These are taken from the following two websites:
    http://www.semsons.com/glbtgpsrebts.html
    http://www.tomtom.com/products/secti...=71&Language=1
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