AT&T Navigator goes global… if by global you mean 20 countries

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!

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