TomTom's Live connected service trickles down to XL GPS series

TomTom's Live connected service that helped the GO 740 Live to win our coveted Editors' Choice award is making its way down the product lineup to the XL series.

TomTom XL 340S
I think its safe to assume that the new XL 340S Live will look something like the standard 340S. CNET

Don't you just love trickle-down? TomTom's Live connected service--which helped the GO 740 Live to win our coveted Editors' Choice award--is making its way down the product lineup to the XL series in the TomTom XL 340S Live.

We've already taken a look at the TomTom XL 340S (sans Live) and, as one might expect, all of the IQ Routes, TomTom MapShare, graphic lane guidance, and text-to-speech tech can still be found in the new model.

However, the addition of the Live connection brings fuel price updates, local Google Search, weather forecasts, and a feature called QuickGPS Fix--which supposedly speeds up satellite location, presumably through some sort of cellular triangulation.

AT&T will be providing the wireless data that powers TomTom's Live Service.

"With the new TomTom XL 340S LIVE, we are bringing unrivaled quality and truly connected navigation to the mass market," said Jocelyn Vigreux, president of TomTom Inc. "Now backed by the strength of AT&T's network, we're giving drivers the very best foundation on which to enjoy a range of useful, real time services."

The TomTom XL 340S Live will be available in retailers across the United States and will be priced at $299.95, which includes three months of Live Services. After that period, the LIVE services subscription is $9.95 per month.

 

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