Satnav specialist Tomtom has finally released a dedicated car kit for the iPhone although potential customers will have to fork out a pocket busting £100 to get the peripheral and that doesn't even include the price of the app.
For the price. you get the cradle with its hinge and a sucker to fix it to your car's windscreen. It seems that there's also a stand-alone GPS receiver there to.
The kit should be compatible with all iPhones and may potentially include the iPod Touch as well especially if the GPS is external. More details are available here.
The company said in a press release that "the TomTom car kit will be available this October and will be sold separately from the TomTom app. It will be compatible with the iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS. All further details on the car kit will be made available soon."
The app itself costs a not-so-insignificant £60 for UK and Ireland maps and you will have to pay an extra £20 for the Western European maps. A full kit would therefore set you back a stonking £180. Alternatively you could go for the Navigon for iPhone which costs £55 for the whole of Europe.
In comparison, the Navman Spirit T which comes with a 4.7-inch touchscreen and a host of other features cost only £172. Even the TomTom One XL costs £170 which means that the iPhone solution is expensive.
As some potential buyers have commented, selling something on the iPhone doesn't mean that you should charge Apple-like prices. Copilot in addition costs only £25 for UK and Ireland although it is only available on Android for now.