Samsung Accliam with TeleNav

Today is the launch of the Samsung Acclaim on US Cellular, and the nation's sixth-largest carrier has a treat for everyone coming in to pick one up -- the Acclaim (as well as other select handsets), will include Your Navigator Deluxe.  Your Navigator Deluxe is a TeleNav powered turn-by-turn navigation system (very much like SprintNavigator for Sprint smartphones) that includes enhancements like comprehensive business listings and weather conditions.  Many (this author included) prefer TeleNav products over the standard Google navigation because of the small extras like a personal launch page and details about your destination.  In any case, more options is never a bad thing. 

Check out a video overview of Your Navigator Deluxe and the full press release after the break. [TeleNav Blog]

  

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U.S. Cellular Selects TeleNav as a GPS Navigation Partner

Launches Your Navigator Deluxe™, powered by TeleNav, on multiple smartphones

 

CHICAGO and Sunnyvale, Calif. – July 9, 2010 – U.S. Cellular, the nation’s sixth largest wireless carrier, today announced the availability of its new navigation service, Your Navigator Deluxe, powered by TeleNav (NASDAQ: TNAV). In partnership with TeleNav, Your Navigator Deluxe includes voice-guided, turn-by-turn 3D GPS navigation, speech recognition, comprehensive business listings, real-time traffic alerts with one-touch rerouting, weather updates and an online trip planning site. These features help customers avoid traffic congestion, find the best restaurants in town and save money by searching for the cheapest gas prices. The service is available immediately as part of the new U.S. Cellular Smartphone data plans.

 

“We are pleased to expand our presence in the U.S. wireless market by partnering with U.S. Cellular, a carrier committed to providing its customers with reliable, premium services,” said Hassan Wahla, vice president of business development and carrier sales at TeleNav. “With Your Navigator Deluxe, U.S. Cellular customers now have access to more advanced GPS navigation features that will save time and help make travel more convenient.”

 

Your Navigator Deluxe offers a wide variety of innovative features, including speech recognition for both address entry and business search. Customers simply press one button and say the name of a business or the address and Your Navigator Deluxe will provide turn-by-turn voice guided directions.

 

If they choose, customers can preplan their trip online at http://uscc.telenav.com and automatically send addresses to their phone for easy access the next time they are in their car.

 

Additionally, the application includes more than 12 million businesses and services, including listings of restaurants, hotels, shopping malls and movie theaters - providing users access to restaurant ratings and reviews, as well as phone numbers for business listings so that customers can easily search and use services closest to them.

 

Your Navigator Deluxe is available immediately to U.S. Cellular® customers on the following devices: Samsung Acclaim, HTC Touch, HTC Touch Pro, HTC Touch Pro 2, HTC Snap, BlackBerry® Tour™ 9630, BlackBerry® Pearl Flip™ 8230, BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530 and Samsung i225. For more information, please visit www.uscellular.com.

 

About U.S. Cellular

 

The 9,000 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people’s lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Tour and Pearl Flip, and the touch-screen LG Tritan, which offer e-mail and Web access. Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular is the nation’s sixth-largest full-service wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com.

 

About TeleNav, Inc.

TeleNav, Inc. is a leading provider of consumer location-based services (LBS), enterprise LBS and automotive LBS. TeleNav’s solutions provide consumers, wireless service providers, enterprises and automakers with location-specific, real-time, personalized services such as GPS navigation, local search, mobile advertising, mobile commerce, location tracking and workflow automation. TeleNav’s technology is available across more than 500 types of mobile phones, all major mobile phone operating systems and a broad range of wireless network protocols. TeleNav’s service providers and partners include Alltel, AT&T, Bell Mobility, Boost Mobile, China Mobile, Cincinnati Bell, Ford Motor Company, NII Holdings, Rogers, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile UK, T-Mobile USA, Telcel, Telecom Italia Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless and Vivo Brazil.

 

For more information on TeleNav, please visit www.telenav.com. Follow TeleNav on Twitter at www.twitter.com/telenav or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/telenav.

 

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US Cellular to include TeleNav on Samsung Acclaim [video]

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Is there much difference between this Telenav app and Sprint Navigation? They're both made by the same company, correct? Is there any difference in the Android app than say, Sprint Navigation on a Palm Pre?

Sprint does the same thing with their navigator. I like their navigator for what Jerry mentioned. But I had an experience this past weekend where Sprint Nav took me to the wrong address and Google Navigator took me to the correct one. Granted, this is an address where the two points get mixed up, so it's not totally Sprint's Nav fault. And I've used Sprint nav so many other times where it's worked for me. But Google navs is really cool. And once they start adding to it, it's only going to get better.

I do think that it's VERY cool that these two carriers are offering this for free. This is why I'm with Sprint.

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The navigators are essentially the same in their directions, etc. But the Android version can try to use voice input, which my Sprint Palm Pre does not. (Though the voice input is unreliable - it seems to like looking for everything in Florida, not here in Wisconsin.)

Today I tried my wife's Acclaim and my Sprint Palm Pre to find a Walmart and McDonalds near where we are camping. They had identical results, usually within a second of each other, and very accurate.

With these phones, we don't even bring our Garmin GPS navigator now.

Also, we have seen where Google Maps was off, and these were right, and the reverse. I think it is just how often they pay to update their databases.