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    Looks like Sprint's getting ready for new handsets with all the new news on plans we've been hearing of late...
    Sprint Offers "Free" GPS
    TWICE Daily
    By Amy Gilroy -- TWICE, 3/22/2007

    Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint is continuing an aggressive push into GPS offerings via cellphone, becoming the first carrier to offer navigation for free in one of its data service options.

    The company announced that it will add unlimited turn-by-turn directions and real-time traffic plus other services including a “lowest price gas finder” at no extra charge to its current $25 data service plan that also includes Web access and music and TV.

    Previously GPS was offered as a $9.99/month option.

    As of April, Sprint will also offer unlimited GPS as a $2.99/day option for users who subscribe to other data packs. Also in April, Sprint will launch a new data plan with unlimited GPS, mobile e-mail, Sprint Picture Mail, Sprint Radio and Sprint TVSM for $20/month.

    Sprint consumer applications and GPS solutions product manager Charnsin Tulyasathien said the company is getting more aggressive in its navigation offering because customer studies show that 50 percent of users, when asked, request maps on their handset. He said, “I think GPS will become very prevalent [in cellphones]. A majority of Sprint handsets, 15 in total, will be navigation capable as of this spring, he said.

    The full Sprint GPS offering in addition to turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic and lowest-price gas finder includes 3D moving maps similar to those on portable GPS device, one-click rerouting around traffic, local searches with more than 10 million points of interest, voice input for entering a destinations and pedestrian mode.

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    Very reasonably priced.
    I find it sad/odd that people ask to be thanked. How genuine is it when you have to ask? It's like forcing your kid to call Grandma, to thank her for the new underwear she sent for their birthday.

    "To me, clowns aren't funny. In fact, they're kind of scary. I've wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad.
    -Jack Handy, SNL-

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    Any word if they will include this on the $39 blackberry plan? I sure hope so b/c it's their most expensive plan, and it would be nice to have the Telenav included. It's not that much to ask since I am now paying $35 more for the same data I had with my Treo...
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    Does this service work well? Seems it has been offered for a while now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by copernicus View Post
    Does this service work well? Seems it has been offered for a while now.
    I have not used the Telenav software, but I am using the Mapquest navigator on my blackberry. It's great. The thing I don't like about the Telenav is it downloads the route as you drive along...good luck if you stray into an area where you do not have a cell signal. GPS may work, but there will be no map to follow, so it's effectively useless.

    The mapquest GPS software for the blackberry downloads the entire route at once, so you are fine if your signal goes away.

    Regardless, it's nice to have a GPS integrated into your phone just in case. Personally I use a TomTom ONE for my GPS needs, but if I ever forget it, I always have my BB handy. I sure hope Sprint includes this service in the BB data plan.
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    I see, thanks for explaining that Eric!

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