Satnav specialist TomTom has finally released a car kit that will convert the iPhone into a fully fledged satellite navigation device for £100 and will certainly get some observers to question the future of stand alone devices.
The kit, which was first unveiled back in September, is made up of a classy looking secure docking accessory that sticks to the car windshield and provides with the a twist and lock stand for the iPhone. There's also a built in GPS receiver that helps provide with a more reliable signal plus a speaker and microphone that allows hands free calls.
The iPhone peripheral - which can be purchased from Apple or TomTom, is already available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden and Switzerland.
Note that the TomTom car kit is available across Europe for 100 Euros and that unfortunately, it is not compatible with the iPod Touch (even if it has an external GPS receiver) or with the iPhone 2G as originally announce.
The TomTom iPhone navigation had been on iTunes since August and not surprisingly, it has been ranked as one of the biggest grossing applications in the App Store.
£170 for a TomTom app and a stylish but ultimately expensive iPhone stand is a bit OTT. Some have asked why the mount costs the same as a fully fledged low end TomTom device. That said, it seems that the stand could be used with other Satnav applications like CoPilot Live.