• Mar 23, 2011
Jealous of your Android-toting friends with their slick Google Maps Navigation service? Well, a new GPS app has arrived for the iPhone 4 and it's also free... for 30 days.

TeleNav has released a new version of its GPS app for the iPhone and in addition to providing the usual navigation and POI searches, the constantly-updating app allows users to get restaurant and service ratings, reviews and other information directly through the app. But naturally, there's a rub.

The app is free for 30 days and after that you're charged either $21.99 for a year of service or pay-as-you-go for $2.99 a month. If you opt to keep those few ducats in your pocket, you can still use the GPS mapping and local search – the same as the pre-installed Google Maps application. And if you're packing an Android device, the TeleNav app is available as well, but only if you're hooked up with Verizon and are willing to shell out $19.99 a year before the end of the month. After that, the service goes up to $39.99 each year. Hit the jump for the full details and pick up the iPhone app at the Apple App Store or the Android version through the Android Market.
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TeleNav GPS™ Navigation Now Available for the iPhone® 4

$2.99 per month or $21.99 for a year of Personalized, Voice-Guided GPS Navigation; First 30 Days Are Free

ORLANDO, Fla., March 22, 2011 -- International CTIA Wireless 2011 – TeleNav, Inc. (NASDAQ: TNAV), one of the largest global wireless location-based services providers, announced TeleNav GPS is now available on the Apple® App Store as a free download for the iPhone 4.

TeleNav GPS includes free maps and local search with more than 22 million Places that are automatically updated on an ongoing basis and include details such as ratings, reviews and merchant information. For the first 30 days after downloading, customers will also get complimentary access to advanced and personalized navigation features, such as spoken turn-by-turn directions and 3D moving maps. Following the free 30-day period, customers may continue using the advanced navigation features for a pay-as-you-go cost of $2.99 per month or $21.99 per year. Alternatively, they can choose to use only GPS map and local search capabilities for free.

TeleNav Also Available on Android Marketplace for Verizon

TeleNav also recently launched a personalized local search and navigation app for the Android Marketplace for Verizon phones. Navigation by TeleNav is a free application that includes spoken turn-by-turn navigation, 3D moving maps, automatic rerouting, and the ability to discover and drive to more than 22 million local businesses, restaurants, landmarks and more.
If Verizon Android customers would like to add a Premium pack, which includes features such as traffic alerts and one-touch traffic avoidance, speed limit alerts and lane guidance, it is available for $19.99 for one year of service if downloaded before March 31. After this date, the Premium pack will be available for $39.99 for one year of service.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Compared to, say, Navigon or TomTom this service really isn't "slick" at all, it's mediocre. Your own sister site (Engaget) more or less pointed this out.

      Navigon, depending on whether or not they're having a sale, is between $21 and $50, plus traffic if you need it. TomTom is only a little more. Why would you buy one of the sub-par subscription-based services instead?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not bad, but definitely not the only choice as others have already pointed out. I'm looking forward to throwing a navigation app on a pad of some sort and trying to vent-mount that giant thing.

      20 bucks or so is reasonable I guess (unless you're hooked on the free stuff), and many iphoners upgrade every year, so whoever bought the used phone would have to cough up another 20 spot for renewed service.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Jealous of your Android-toting friends with their slick Google Maps Navigation service?"

      Not really, I just use Google Maps on the iPhone. I fail to see the difference. I simply type in what I want into Google search and there is the phone number, address, maps and so on.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Major

        I love my iPhone 4 (and will probably be downvoted just for that comment - darn us hippies who own an Apple product!), even though I despise, as a computer person, Apple's double-priced computers. I will say though that I haven't used an Android phone that didn't have honest to God navigation built-in. AT&T (whether it's an AT&T thing, I have no idea) limits Apple to Google Maps, which isn't bad around town, but it's not real-time nav. We went down to a suburb of Chicago last weekend (from Green Bay) and once we hit IL and were getting off on exits that weren't the main Interstate, I had to pull over and buy a cheap nav app because Google Maps just didn't cut it.

        On a side note, given your background, I think you'd find it amusing - I tried to explain the great selling points of my iPhone 4 to Steve from [H] a few months back and despite it being a solid phone with good developer support, he wasn't buying it. I guess some people are that ruined by Steve Jobs that they won't give the man's phone a try. =)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Guess you guys get lost a lot... Googling anything I want and seeing where it is seems simple enough to be honest as well as my much larger GPS screen in my truck if I am driving somewhere farther and unknown. To each his own of course but the bottom line is paying for GPS on your phone is downright silly.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ahh, Android fanboys who downvote people who say they like their iPhones.

        Works like clockwork. At least I called it. ;)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Too easy Not That Matt. Apparently they cant read my nickname nor look up what Majorgeeks is but technology is nothing new to me, then again neither is paying repeatedly for services you can get for free elsewhere. I have had cell phones since the 80's when they were huge handheld units at a dollar a minute. I happen to LOVE Android but I will run out my iPhone a bit longer before I consider anything else and everyone knows the first Droid was nothing special. Downvote? BFD.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If you used the Android version, you'd be jealous. Turn by turn navigation for free, 3d maps, offline mode (it'll cache the maps if you lose signal), terrain maps, the ability to save maps... it's really annoying how much better it is.

        http://www.google.com/mobile/maps/
        • 3 Years Ago
        I have a female voice, my wife. I jsut have her navigate. Winning!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I use Google Maps navigation on my Android and no, it does not have "offline mode". Map caching only stores "pictures" of the maps, but any routing information is unavailable. If you want to draw a new route or continue the current route after interruption and you have no data connection - Google Maps navigation will not work.

        In other words, Google map caching is only useful for one purpose: to keep navi going if you have already driving on a route and suddenly lose the data connection. For anything else it cannot be used in offline mode, since any routing info is always requested from Google server. No data connection - no navigation, regardless of what you have "cached" on your phone.

        Basically, if you want to have solid navigation on your phone, Google Maps is out of question. A standalone navi package with offline maps is a must, and there are quite a few available for Android. Which makes me wonder what's in this piece of news that is supposed to make it newsworthy. We have had a wide selection of navi packages for Android for quite a while already, and the pricing is much better. Is it much different for iPhone?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Got both Telenav and Google Maps for free on my LG Optimus S through Sprint. Ran both simultaneously while listening to Pandora.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's cool. I can run either of my navigation apps while streaming Pandora on my iPhone 4, too. While browsing the huge collection of apps and games, all high quality, available from the iOS App Store. You see, developers make apps for the market where the money is - turns out, the iOS store's 18 month lead on the Android Market, combined with device hardware unification makes for an easy to develop for platform full of people eager to spend money.

        If you don't count the navigation software (which contains a monthly fee - I haven't picked up a permanent solution yet, since I will need it about once a year and might just pay the $5 for that month), I've picked up about $150 in apps and games from the iOS App Store in the six months I've had my iPhone 4. By comparison, I saw one app for $1.99 on the Android Market for the eight months we tried phones on both Verizon and Sprint. I'm all for supporting developers - this is how they feed their family. That being said, the Android Market really disappointed me, which is why I went with the IP4.

        As Engadget and other people would be quick to mention, I'm a DB who follows Steve Jobs like a cult member. The actuality is that I hate Steve Jobs, his business/corporate culture, and how he presents himself, and I'd rather buy two nice PC laptops than one decent Mac laptop, which subsequently would have half the performance of one of the PCs.

        If you can troll, so can I. =)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a sprint user, and I get the service for free (since I already pay for the unlimited data plan). It's really nice since I don't need another device for navigation, and don't have to ever pay to update maps like on those devices.

      I think TeleNav is great for what it is, it always gets me to where I'm going, my only complaint is it doesn't show you what your current speed is.
      • 3 Years Ago
      MapQuest works great and its free.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Another vote here for MapQuest. Decent interface and good performance. Now if only my iphone wasn't the worst phone I've ever used.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @m

        I'm sorry to hear your bad experience about your phone. We have IP4's and love them. Much better app store than the Android market, more responsive and better build quality than the multiple Android phones we tried.

        For some reason every Android phone we had (even the $200 Evo and Epic on Sprint) exhibited lag, whether it be in navigating the home screen or the apps menu or even a simple game or app like Angry Birds or Google Maps. You have to try really hard to get slowdown on the iPhone 4. ;)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Another vote for mapquest. Gets the job done well and for free.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meanwhile, google nav for Android is still free.
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