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Just in time for the Olympics, AT&T has expanded their Navigator handset GPS service. This makes the carrier the first U.S.-based one to offer directional information on handsets while outside of United States. The new AT&T Navigator Global Edition is double the domestic service in price: […]

AttnavigatorJust in time for the Olympics, AT&T has expanded their Navigator handset GPS service. This makes the carrier the first U.S.-based one to offer directional information on handsets while outside of United States. The new AT&T Navigator Global Edition is double the domestic service in price: you’ll see the service on your bill for $19.95 a month. While that sounds steep, it could be a life-saver when traveling to western Europe, the rest of North America and the Caribbean, not to mention the Olympic locations near Beijing, China.

I’m personally not a fan of monthly cellular add-on services, but for those that don’t want to drop a few hundred dollars on a dedicated GPS, or don’t want to carry another device, this might be worth a look. Just bear in mind the supported service areas and the cost; plus, you’ll want to ensure you have an adequate data plan for using the service. You’ll also need one of these handsets: the AT&T Tilt, BlackBerry® 8800, BlackBerry 8820, BlackBerry Curve 8310, BlackBerry Pearl 8110, BlackJack II or MOTO Q 9h global smartphones.

Plan B could be to stick with the iPhone and use the GPS, but of course, you won’t get spoken turn-by-turn directions. That’s actually more appealing to me: I tend to have arguments with the GPS in my car and I haven’t one one yet. She just keeps yelling at me to "make a legal U-turn" anytime I deviate from her all-knowing route!

  1. AT&T is history – Vodafone is not far from joining the same league

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  2. Interested in how we localized this service for different languages and cultures? Check out this blog post from one of the audio engineers who worked behind the scenes on this launch: http://blog.telenav.com/blog/2008/07/author—karen.html

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