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    Is HTC going to kill FREE turn by turn directions?

    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?





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    Well, verizon has VZ Navigator but didn't disable google maps, so who knows! Maybe it will be a stupid little thing like that. I'm not too worried though, I'm cool with my Incredible for the next couple years.
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    They can can't really start doing this to us can they? Charging for Turn by Turn Navigation is just ridiculous.

    Talking about blocking apps, but does anyone know with all the new phones that are and rumored to be using Bing as the standard search engine, if Google Apps/Widgets(Mail/Maps/Search/etc.) are blocked as well?
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    I don't think it will happen. Google isn't that greedy.
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    Have any of you who are complaining ever compared google maps with TomTom our Garmin?

    There is a reason that google is free and that they are not. I would pay to have this on my Incredible now if the user interface is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techguru View Post
    Have any of you who are complaining ever compared google maps with TomTom our Garmin?

    There is a reason that google is free and that they are not. I would pay to have this on my Incredible now if the user interface is good.

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    I agree. If I didn't have a Garmin GPS, I'd pay to have it on my phone. They are better. IMHO and YMMV!!
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    Well Ok, my real issue isn't having to pay for TomTom or Garmin, since I have used them in the past and they are much better then GMaps, though not necessarily worth the price IMO. My real problem is with blocking GMaps and having to pay a fee to get turn by turn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timlaw27 View Post
    Well Ok, my real issue isn't having to pay for TomTom or Garmin, since I have used them in the past and they are much better then GMaps, though not necessarily worth the price IMO. My real problem is with blocking GMaps and having to pay a fee to get turn by turn.
    Wow, I agree with that 100%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barski View Post
    I don't think it will happen. Google isn't that greedy.
    1, Google is that greedy.

    2, this is HTC, not Google. Google has no say, nor will they.
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    I would hope it doesn't include blocking Google Maps. The market is supposed to be completely open - if they can block that app, what else will they start to selectively hide from your phone? Will you start having to pay manufacturer's to make sure your app isn't omitted from phones? Yucky.
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