Here's some possibly troubling news for HTC fans if it spreads to the US Market. Netherlands-based navigation giant TomTom announced a new partnership with HTC. Good you say? Well lets take a look at the deal.
The new partnership/deal announced this morning places TomTom’s maps in HTC’s new integrated navigation solution, HTC Locations, which HTC calls a “zero-wait navigation experience”. The service will initially be available on the HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z, and only in Europe and Asia. HTC Locations will expand to new devices and regions, but there is no other release schedule available as of now. Here's the catch...........HTC Locations will be free to end users, along with some basic functionality. What catch you say? Well, turn-by-turn navigation will be a premium paid add-on. Yes you read that right. Users will have to pay for turn by turn directions.
Now unless HTC and/or the carrier block Google Maps I can't see this going very far. Then again why would they even bother if this wasn't the case.
Remember this is only in Europe and Asia initially and will expand to other regions later. There is no mention of a US market as of yet. We'll keep an eye on this one.
What say you?