TomTom have finally announced UK availability of the new x40 range of LIVE devices. These SatNav units include a built in GSM radio (and SIM card) to provide LIVE services directly without the need for bluetooth connections to mobile phones, or an RDS receiver for traffic. Even better, one of the LIVE services is the new HD Traffic we’ve talked about a number of times. The range of LIVE services includes:
- HD Traffic
- IQ Routes (historical travel time information for every road, every hour, every day of the week)
- Safety Cameras (provided by Road Angel in the UK)
- Fuel Prices
- Google Search
The Fuel Prices is interesting; the SatNav will direct you to the petrol stations with the cheapest prices in the area you are in, which TomTom claim could save you a lot of money over the year. The devices ship with 3 months subscription to the LIVE services, after which you will need to purchase it (although it can be purchased a month at a time) for £7.99 per month.
There are 3 models;
- 540 – UK / Ireland maps – RRP £299.99
- 740 – 32 European countries – RRP £349.99
- 940 – European and US maps, and mp3 playback – RRP £449.99
All devices can connect to an iPod, although the 540 and 740 need a new accessory dock (at extra charge), whereas the 940 includes this as standard.
Having been announced yesterday, these devices should be in the shops by the weekend, with an added bonus, whilst stocks last, each unit will ship with a fuel card to reduce their fuel costs; the value varies by model, £30 for the 540, £40 for the 740, and £50 for the 940.
More detailed news of the TomTom launch at Pocket GPS World.