Garmin StreetPilot Now Available in Marketplace

Many smartphone users consider GPS apps a must-have for their platform and Windows Phone seems to be rounding out that category quite nicely. The popular GPS navigation software from Garmin is now available on Windows Phone. The StreetPilot app allows users to essentially turn their Windows Phone into a GPS device with turn-by-turn directions. Here’s the Marketplace description:

Download Garmin StreetPilot® and get Garmin® navigation, similar to the premium features on Garmin’s renowned nüvi® personal navigators. Designed exclusively for your Windows Phone, this application works on both 3G and EDGE networks and turns your device into a GPS navigator with turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions.

With Garmin StreetPilot®, you’ll always have access to the most up-to-date map data available. And to minimize data usage, maps are downloaded on demand for areas relevant to your route. Garmin StreetPilot® also includes real-time traffic updates at no extra cost. So you’ll know which areas to avoid as you travel.

Garmin StreetPilot® stores map data on your device so you can continue to view route details as you travel in and out of coverage areas. In addition, Garmin StreetPilot® lets you browse maps that have already been downloaded and stored on your device. Instead of downloading additional data for areas outside your travel area, Garmin StreetPilot® only accesses the map data you need to navigate your route.

Features include:

-Always up-to-date maps for the U.S. and Canada, downloaded to your device on demand
-Voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions including street names
-Real-time traffic updates included at no additional cost
-Automatic map storage so you can browse maps you’ve recently viewed outside of data coverage areas
-Works great at both 3G and Edge connection speeds
-Speed limits for most major roads
-Integrated Local Search
-Millions of points of interest
-Lane assist with junction view for complicated interchanges
-Address book integration to navigate to contacts
-Current weather conditions and forecast
-Place calls directly from search listing
-Navigate in both portrait and landscape mode
-Easy to install with quick load times

The app costs $39.99 in the Marketplace, but when you compare that to buying a standalone device, it’s not a bad deal at all. You can find this navigation app by searching for “Garmin StreetPilot” in the Zune PC software or on your Windows Phone.

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