GPS navigation system manufacturer TomTom passed two interesting GPS systems through the FCC today. Known as the 4KN50 Pro Model, and the 4CT50 GO Model, these devices appear to sport a pretty standard form factor and design. However, FCC test reports reveal that these devices will offer GSM 850/1900 support, which will allow the 4KN50 and 4CT50 to send and receive data wirelessly wherever a cellular connection is available.
This is a valuable feature that will allow the units to provide real time traffic updates, map updates and location data. Anyone with an iPhone has these features now, but few dedicated consumer GPS devices have this level of connectivity. Both the K4N50 and 4CT50 also offer Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity
No word on pricing or a release date for either system. We’d also expect that TomTom will require some sort of subscription to GSM updates. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.