When Apple announced last week that the new iOS would include a new mapping app with updated graphics, crystal clear details, improved navigation, and spoken turn-by-turn directions, they were announcing a map app war with Google. Their newest map program involves dropping Google Maps and utilizing the services of the navigation company Tom-Tom. Over the next several months, Apple will continue to extend relationships with developers on their map program, then in the fall the real battle begins. Both giants, Apple and Google have something to lose in this match-up.
If Apple cannot deliver a solid mapping navigation system that rivals and exceeds Google Maps, they may drive customer over to Android. If Apple wins, Google will lose massive information about “users’ locations, destinations and driving and shopping habits.” Either way, this should prove to be an interesting battle of the map apps.
Cellular Sales gets a mention in this story from Today – MSNBC.
In the advertisements, Mickey, Minnie and Goofy always seem to be nearby and eager to pose for a picture, but sometimes families have a different experience.
Hoping to bring reality closer to the fantasy, Disney Parks has launched Mobile Magic, an app to enhance visitors’ experience with a GPS-tracking system.
The app helps find the locations of Disney characters, checks wait times for popular rides, finds a restaurant or the best shop to buy a souvenir and can track down your car in the parking lot after a long day. Read on here.
Cellular Sales’ new “Trade-Up!” program is now in full swing with over 3,500 trade-ins so far. Launching company-wide on June 20th, the program provides customers the ability to trade in their mobile devices that include cell phones, MP3 players, tablets, and GPS navigation devices. Unlike several big box retailers, who limit items to ones that have been recently purchased from their stores, the Cellular Sales “Trade-Up!” program has no limits on what you can trade in.
“The Cellular Sales Trade-up! program is a great way to turn in the old, simple cell phones and ‘trade up’ to get a brand new smart phone,” said Dane Scism, Founder and CEO of Cellular Sales. “Our Trade-up! program has very few restrictions and you can trade in for ANY new device or accessory.”
When a customer trades in a device its value will be determined by the make, model and condition of the device. The value can then be used as an instant credit towards the purchase of a new phone, accessory or tablet. To take advantage of the “Trade-Up!” program customers just need to visit any Cellular Sales location. Store representatives will then perform the trade-in request in real-time and provide the customer with a real-value estimate for their device based on the make, model and condition of the device they are trading in. Chargers, boxes and paperwork are NOT required and do not impact the value of the device being traded. Customers can then apply that trade-in value towards the purchase of any new handset or accessory. The phones will then be wiped of all personal data, then refurbished or recycled in an environmentally responsible manner.
“This is a new option for our customers and we’re excited to make it easier for them to get a brand new mobile phone,” said JT Thome, Director of Operations for Cellular Sales.
Check out this article from Engadget.
Google Maps Transit Navigation beta for Android hands-on (Engadget)
“Earlier this afternoon, Google pushed Maps v5.7 to the Android Market. The app’s Transit Navigation (beta) feature brings GPS stop-by-stop nav to public transit systems in over 400 cities around the world, helping you find the subway or bus stop, then letting you know exactly when to get off as you ride. There are obvious benefits to using this in a foreign city, where alert-enabled (English!) directions could potentially save you hours of frustration. We left our office to brave the daylight in NYC, walking a block to the nearest subway station en-route to Times Square. The app worked well up until we reached the bottom of the first staircase, where it lost cell reception and its GPS fix. Jump past the break to see how it fared above ground, and check out our hands-on video for a Google Maps-led adventure through New York City’s public transit system.”
Here’s an interview from Reuters with the CFO of Garmin on the company’s future in the smartphone industry: