Garminfone with Android to Arrive on T-Mobile June 9

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2010-05-28 Print this article Print

T-Mobile will launch the Garminfone, the first Android smartphone with Garmin navigation technology, on June 9. Until then, anyone with a good story about getting lost can share it on T-Mobile's Twitter site for a chance to win a Garminfone.

T-Mobile has gotten specific about the arrival of the Garminfone, announcing that the Android-based smartphone will arrive on its network June 9 for $199.99 with a $50 mail-in rebate and the activation of a new two-year service agreement.
Specifics, after all, are what this phone is about. The first Android phone to rely on Garmin navigation technology, it offers "voice-guided and on-screen directions with automatic rerouting," as well as information such as local gas prices and real-time traffic and weather details, T-Mobile said.
The Garminfone will also enjoy 4G speeds, where available, on T-Mobile's expanding HSPA+ network. The smartphone's 3.5-inch display is paired with support for personal and work e-mail accounts-including Microsoft Exchange-instant and text messaging, and contact and calendar functions.
Easy access to the Android Market is also included, along with a new application, the Garmin Voice Studio, for recording and sharing custom voice directions. The Garminfone also has a music player and 3-megapixel camera.
For particularly directionally challenged types for whom the Garminfone might be a perfect fit, T-Mobile has put out a call for your most embarrassing gaffes.
Now through June 9, folks can tweet their "most interesting story about getting lost without a GPS device," T-Mobile said in a statement, for the opportunity to win one of five Garminfones being awarded to, presumably, the lost soul most in need of navigation assistance.
To enter, users need to follow T-Mobile's Twitter feed, @TMobile_USA, and should include the #needgarminfone hashtag with a 140-character-or-less account of losing their way. Official rules are on the T-Mobile Facebook site.
In June, T-Mobile will also launch the MyTouch 3G Slide, which also runs Android and can access HSPA+.

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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