Bell announces TeleNav for BlackBerry 8830, can users afford it?

GPS NavOne thing that slipped by with Bell’s announcement of the BlackBerry 8830 (which sold out on day one here in Ottawa), was a built-in GPS Nav software offered by Bell for $10/month. The biggest hurdle to either of these is data rate issues. Ever tried to use Google Maps on anything less than unlimited data? It’s not a pretty phone bill. TeleNav’s press release for Bell’s rebranded software even says “Ongoing subscription to the service costs $9.99 per month, plus a data plan for unlimited usage”, which Bell doesn’t even offer (they top out at 250 MB, with $3 for each additional MB, and that’s not even counting voice). While Bell will generously be offering unlimited data on EVDO for early adopters on the BlackBerry 8830, after that, users are back to square one.

If location-based services are going to have any hope of flying up north, developers are going to have to get a much more data-efficient system in place, because carrier rates up here aren’t showing any signs of letting up. BBCool will be testing out TeleNav’s release on Bell sometime in the near future, and we’ll give you the straight story on handheld GPS in Canada - namely whether or not the costs justify the service.

Comments [4 Responses]

June 30th, 2007 at 10:51 am

I’ve used the Telenav with Rogers for a whole month to the extreme, every time I got in my car I connected Telenav, since date is calculated the same way between all carriers, after a month of GPS usage, emails and web browsing, it came up to a total of 28 MB, so someone who gets the $60 date plan which includes 30 MB, should be fine, just my 2 cents.

August 2nd, 2007 at 12:46 am

Is there it possible to check how many MB have been used, downloaded, on a 8830, so that I could keep track of my MB usage?

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