TomTom brings HD Traffic service to mid-range GPS buyers

TomTom's 3G data-based service HD Traffic is now available to Kiwis who are unwilling to spend upwards of $600 on a GPS unit.

TomTom's 3G data-based service HD Traffic is now available to Kiwis who are unwilling to spend upwards of $600 on a GPS unit.

The service, which warns GPS users about reported incidents on the roads ahead, is now available on TomTom's newly-released Go Live 820.

The device is SIM-enabled and runs on Vodafone's mobile network, but rather than having to purchase data, users buy a one-year subscription to TomTom Live that has data included.

The SIM is in-built and not removable.

TomTom's Asia-Pacific vice president, Chris Kearney, said the service was designed to assist city-dwellers in their daily commutes.

"By highlighting areas worst affected by congestion, we hope to ... enable people to consider alternative routes and departure times," Kearney said.

"Traffic congestion is a billion dollar industry in Auckland alone."

The TomTom Go Live 820 has an RRP of $399.

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