Great news for all US Cellular customers today! TeleNav has announced a partnership with US Cellular to be their navigation service on several devices. Starting today, US Cellular customers with a BlackBerry Tour 9630, Curve 8530, or Pearl Flip 8230 can download Your Navigator Deluxe to their devices.
The best part is that US Cellular is following Sprint's lead and bundling the navigation service into their existing $30 data plan for the BlackBerry devices. I wish all other carriers would follow this approach.
In case you aren't familiar with TeleNav, here is what the service will bring to your device:
- 3D turn-by-turn navigation
- Speech recognition
- Traffic rerouting
- More than 12 million business listings
- Restaurant reviews
- Daily gas prices
- Weather information
- Integration with email/contacts/calendars
- An online trip preplanning site (http://uscc.telenav.com)
Check after the jump for the full press release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Launches Your Navigator Deluxe™, powered by TeleNav, on multiple smartphones
CHICAGO and Sunnyvale, Calif. – July 9, 2010 – U.S. Cellular, the nation’s sixth largest wireless carrier, today announced the availability of its new navigation service, Your Navigator Deluxe, powered by TeleNav (NASDAQ: TNAV). In partnership with TeleNav, Your Navigator Deluxe includes voice-guided, turn-by-turn 3D GPS navigation, speech recognition, comprehensive business listings, real-time traffic alerts with one-touch rerouting, weather updates and an online trip planning site. These features help customers avoid traffic congestion, find the best restaurants in town and save money by searching for the cheapest gas prices. The service is available immediately as part of the new U.S. Cellular Smartphone data plans.
“We are pleased to expand our presence in the U.S. wireless market by partnering with U.S. Cellular, a carrier committed to providing its customers with reliable, premium services,” said Hassan Wahla, vice president of business development and carrier sales at TeleNav. “With Your Navigator Deluxe, U.S. Cellular customers now have access to more advanced GPS navigation features that will save time and help make travel more convenient.”
Your Navigator Deluxe offers a wide variety of innovative features, including speech recognition for both address entry and business search. Customers simply press one button and say the name of a business or the address and Your Navigator Deluxe will provide turn-by-turn voice guided directions.
If they choose, customers can preplan their trip online at http://uscc.telenav.com and automatically send addresses to their phone for easy access the next time they are in their car.
Additionally, the application includes more than 12 million businesses and services, including listings of restaurants, hotels, shopping malls and movie theaters - providing users access to restaurant ratings and reviews, as well as phone numbers for business listings so that customers can easily search and use services closest to them.
Your Navigator Deluxe is available immediately to U.S. Cellular® customers on the following devices: Samsung Acclaim, HTC Touch, HTC Touch Pro, HTC Touch Pro 2, HTC Snap, BlackBerry® Tour™ 9630, BlackBerry® Pearl Flip™ 8230, BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530 and Samsung i225. For more information, please visit www.uscellular.com.
About U.S. Cellular
The 9,000 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people’s lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Tour and Pearl Flip, and the touch-screen LG Tritan, which offer e-mail and Web access. Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular is the nation’s sixth-largest full-service wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or www.uscellular.com.
About TeleNav, Inc.
TeleNav, Inc. is a leading provider of consumer location-based services (LBS), enterprise LBS and automotive LBS. TeleNav’s solutions provide consumers, wireless service providers, enterprises and automakers with location-specific, real-time, personalized services such as GPS navigation, local search, mobile advertising, mobile commerce, location tracking and workflow automation. TeleNav’s technology is available across more than 500 types of mobile phones, all major mobile phone operating systems and a broad range of wireless network protocols. TeleNav’s service providers and partners include Alltel, AT&T, Bell Mobility, Boost Mobile, China Mobile, Cincinnati Bell, Ford Motor Company, NII Holdings, Rogers, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile UK, T-Mobile USA, Telcel, Telecom Italia Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless and Vivo Brazil.
For more information on TeleNav, please visit www.telenav.com. Follow TeleNav on Twitter at www.twitter.com/telenav or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/telenav.