TeleNav, sometimes re-branded as Sprint Navigation, ATT Navigator etc. is found on most US phones and it rocks for spoken directions, POIs and of course maps. It's been on the ATT iPhone for years, so it makes sense that the app would find its way to the Verizon iPhone 4. It'll be available soon after the phone launches, so you won't be lost for long.
The app is a free download on the App Store and will include free 30-day access to advanced turn-by-turn navigation features. After the 30-day period, you can continue using the advanced features for $2.99/mos. or $21.99/yr. OR, you can continue using GPS map and search capabilities for free.
Here's a list of all the top features in TeleNav for the Verizon iPhone:
Advanced Navigation Features Users choosing to pay $2.99 per month or $21.99 per year for the advanced TeleNav GPS navigation experience will have access to features including:
? Spoken Turn-by-Turn Directions with Street Names ? Unlike basic map applications that show a static route on a map, when using the advanced navigation features available with TeleNav GPS, users receive spoken turn-by-turn directions with street names to guide them to their destination.
? 2D and 3D Moving Maps ? Users can see their current location and nearby streets with accurate, moving maps viewable in 2D or 3D with zoom in and out options.
? Automatic Reroute ? TeleNav GPS users don?t have to worry about missing a turn while navigating. The application will quickly update the route and redirect them to their destination.
? Automatic Map Updates ? TeleNav GPS features regular map updates to ensure that users are being routed using the most up-to-date maps available. Updates are automatic, so users aren?t required to perform a manual installation or buy updated content.
? Nighttime Optimized Navigation ? TeleNav GPS adjusts brightness levels to make viewing easier during nighttime driving.
? iOS Multitasking Support?Users can access and use other iPhone applications with TeleNav GPS navigating in the background.
A Personalized Navigation Experience The advanced TeleNav GPS navigation option also includes a number of personalized features designed to make the navigation experience unique for each user. These features include:
? Shake-to-Go ? Allows users to simply shake their iPhone 4 while using TeleNav GPS and they will automatically be routed to a location they have previously set as their home address.
? My Favorites ? Users can easily save the locations they visit most often, or would like to visit, for instant access to their favorite places.
? My Contacts ? TeleNav GPS connects to contacts stored in the user?s iPhone 4.
? Route Preferences ? Users have the option to receive routes based on their driving preferences, such as avoiding HOV lanes and Toll Roads.
? iPod Control ? TeleNav GPS users can play their favorite songs while navigating, using enhanced, in-app iPod controls with the ability to search through songs, artists, or playlists from within TeleNav GPS.
More Comprehensive Local Search TeleNav GPS makes it easy to find where to go and how to get there with accurate, fast, and comprehensive local search. Whether customers choose the advanced navigation experience or the free maps and local search option, they will have access to:
? More Than 22 Million Local Listings in the U.S. ? TeleNav GPS provides easy local search capabilities for business locations, historical landmarks, airports, ATMs, movie theaters and more.
? Automatic Listing Updates ? TeleNav GPS local search listings are automatically updated to ensure the listings are accurate and new listings are added regularly.
? Detailed Listing Information ? Local listings include detailed information to help users make more educated decisions such as ratings, reviews and merchant info.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview