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.
$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.