Rumor: Garmin Nuvifone headed to AT&T for $499

Rumors begin to circulate that the Garmin Nuvifone will be sold through AT&T for about $500 after a customer survey includes such details.

What would you pay for the Garmin Nuvifone? Engadget Mobile

It's no secret that the Garmin Nuvifone is one of the most anticipated smartphones of this year--partly because of its killer feature set (GPS with full navigation, 3.5-inch touch screen, quad-band world roaming, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, 3-megapixel camera, and so on) and partly because everyone wants to see if Garmin can actually pull this off. However, what has remained a secret is the carrier and pricing, or at least, until now?

According to a story from Engadget Mobile, one of its readers received a customer survey from Garmin asking, "Now, how likely would you be to buy the Garmin Nuvifone (for yourself or as a gift) if offered by AT&T for $499.99 with a two year contract? You would be required to have both a data plan that would include unlimited Internet browsing and unlimited Navigation for $19.99 per month and one of the standard voice rate plans for a monthly fee." Zoiks! What? OK, it's not so much the carrier we're surprised about (AT&T is HSDPA ready, T-Mobile isn't--simple as that) but $500? Seriously? The AT&T Tilt offers pretty much the same features for $299.99.

Now, Garmin is probably just testing the waters and again, this all speculation at this point, but we're thinking it's going to get a lot of "no, thank yous" for that price. Which begs the question: What's a fair price? What would you be willing to pay for the Nuvifone?

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Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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