Televigation Service Makes Cell Phones GPS-Ready

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TeleNav voice recognition system helps drivers find their way

LAS VEGAS--If you want the convenience of turn-by-turn voice directions based on GPS technology, but don't want the expense or additional hardware cluttering up your dashboard, Televigation has the answer for you.

TeleNav is a GPS service that works in conjunction with Nextel GPS-enabled cell phones. You can either login into their Web site with your account number to program in a destination, or call a toll-free number and speak your address. A voice recognition system helps you with your destination. Information is downloaded into your phone and the phone, sitting on your dashboard, becomes your turn-by-turn GPS.

The service is $5.99/month based on a yearly contract. In addition, you'll need a digital data plan, available from Nextel for $9.95/month. The data plan is enough to download approximately 80 routes. Check out www.telenav.net for additional information.

Craig Ellison is PC Magazine Labs' director of operations. The Labs staff, in consultation with PC industry experts, develops procedures and scripts for the independent and impartial testing underlying all PC Magazine reviews.

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