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Garmin drives home GPS at CeBIT

Garmin drives home GPS at CeBIT

Not to be outdone by rival TomTom, GPS manufacturer Garmin announced a handful of new products today at CeBIT, including the Garmin 20 Mobile, the Garmin StreetPilot c550, and the Garmin Nuvi 360.

For those who don't want to buy a dedicated GPS device, the Garmin Mobile 20 may be the perfect solution for you. It works with Nokia, Windows Mobile, and Palm Treo smart phones to deliver navigation features to your mobile device. The Garmin Mobile 20 is expected to ship in July 2006 but no pricing has been set at this time. Some of the highlights include:

* A phone mount with Bluetooth wireless speaker and microphone for hands-free calling
* Mapping software (included on a data card) for Europe and/or North America (two different packages)
* Text message integration so you can send your position or location to friends and family (great for meeting points or if you're raining late, for example)

The StreetPilot c550 builds upon the c300 series and will be available in Q2 2006 for $857.13. Features include:

* Integrated traffic receiver with a free three-month trial subscription for traffic services
* Bluetooth wireless for hands-free calling
* Preloaded North American maps
* Text-to-speech functionality
* Garmin Lock: a new anti-theft feature

And last but not least, the Garmin Nuvi 360. We absolutely loved the Nuvi 350, and the Nuvi 360 just adds to the fun with Bluetooth wireless, Garmin Lock, and text-to-speech functionality. Unfortunately, it still keeps the wallet-stretching price tag of around $965. If you start saving now, you may be able to afford it by the time in comes out in June 2006.

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