Whereis navigates on Apple® iPhone™
Navigation apps have topped the iTunes app store for some time now. And there’s no denying they’re a very handy way to get from ‘A ‘and ‘B’ quickly.
So what features do people look for in a good navigation app? According to a recent Sensis survey of mobile navigation users most (seven in ten) want an app that offers turn-by-turn visual directions while more than half want one that offers audio instructions. Additionally, four in ten users find real-time speed limit info overlaid on their maps very appealing while around a third rate access to nearby fuel price information as very appealing.
So with interest amongst iPhone™owners for apps with advanced navigation features running hot, Telstra is launching its first Whereis® Navigator app for iPhone™. Powered by Garmin, a world leader in GPS navigation, the new Whereis® Navigator app provides Next G™ customers with turn-by-turn spoken and visual directions, spoken street names, lane guidance and automatically updated Whereis® maps. It’s designed to run on iPhone™ 3, 3GS and iPhone™ 4 handsets.
Unlike other navigation apps, Whereis® Navigator features a broad range of local Australian content including Whereis® Maps and Garmin points of interest plus Yellow Pages listings.
Many features can be accessed without a subscription too – for instance you can search up-to-date Whereis maps, find your location and view nearby points of interest. Other more advanced features are available via a premium subscription.
Amongst many features, the premium subscription provides access to Australian Traffic Network data that allows you to stay ahead of the traffic by receiving live traffic alerts that help you avoid high-impact incidents. Cleverly, the app will even automatically route you around these incidents to get you to your destination as quickly as possible.
The premium service also includes a speed alert feature which is designed to help customers stay within legal speed limits. It compares regularly-updated speed limit info for major roads (which it displays on-screen) with GPS data that calculates a driver’s speed. Audio cues then warn the driver if they are exceeding the speed limit.
There’s also a handy fuel price feature that displays prices at many nearby petrol stations so you can find a good deal.
Both the free and subscription services are unmetered for customers on the Next G™ network.
From Your PC/Mac: Whereis® Navigator can be downloaded from iTunes
From Your iPhone: Search for “Whereis Navigator” in the App Store (compatible with iPhone 3, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 handsets)
Once you have downloaded the app, data usage is free for standard and premium features.
You can access premium features via a monthly subscription fee ($9.95) or by purchasing a 3-month ($26.95) or 6-month pass ($49.95) inside the app. Purchases are charged to your Telstra bill.
Other Devices: Today Whereis® Navigator is also available on 50 Next G™ handsets, visit http://offboardnav.whereis.com on your mobile to see if your phone is supported.
Free Whereis® Navigator features include
You can access a host of mapping features through the Whereis Navigator app without purchasing a premium subscription. These features, which are unmetered for customers on the Next G™ network, include:
- The latest live, high resolution Whereis® maps updated over the Telstra Next G™ network.
- Integrated Yellow Pages businesses listings and points of interest from Sensis.
- 1234 integration so an operator can search for you and send directions (1234 charges apply).
- Locate yourself on a map using GPS.
- Find nearby ATMs, banks, and petrol stations.
- Play and change your music without leaving the map.
- Multi-tasking on iOS4 so you can navigate and make calls at the same time.
Whereis® Navigator premium subscription features include, in addition to the free features:
- Accurate turn-by-turn voice guided navigation.
- Live traffic events.
- Petrol prices for many nearby petrol stations.
- 3D junction views.
- Pedestrian and car modes
- Navigation to avoid tolls, unpaved roads, highways.
- Alerts for some red-light camera and speed alerts.
- Flight information.
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