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GPS Goes Cellular for Off-Road Adventures

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 17 /PRNewswire/ — You know about Global
Positioning System (GPS) in vehicles. You have a cell phone. Now your cell
phone can use GPS to guide you through the great outdoors.
It’s called Trimble(R) Outdoors, the first outdoor recreation solution
that uses Nextel’s GPS- and Java-enabled cell phones for navigation and trip
planning. Whether hiking, biking, boating, hunting, fishing or other off-road
activity, your phone can guide the way. See http://www.TrimbleOutdoors.com..


“Since many people already carry phones into the outdoors for safety, our
solution eliminates the cost and inconvenience of buying a conventional
handheld GPS,” said Rich Rudow, managing director of Trimble Outdoors. “With
Trimble Outdoors, your Nextel phone can do the job for a fraction of the
cost.”

Trimble Outdoors shows you where you’ve been and how to get back to where
you started, as well as a compass direction and distance to where you are
going, latitude, longitude, altitude, and speed. You can easily plan and
review trips online, move trip information wirelessly to your Nextel phone and
use your phone as a navigation device complete with topographic, street, and
aerial maps to guide your adventure.

Sacramento computer consultant Ken Mitchell uses his Nextel i710 with
Trimble Outdoors to explore areas such as the Florida Everglades and find GPS
coordinates published on http://www.geocaching.com.
“It’s been handy to have GPS built into my cell phone,” says Mitchell.
“Instead of three gadgets — a cell phone, GPS and walkie talkie (all of
Nextel’s handsets include a walkie talkie) — I just need one. It makes life
easier and a little more fun.”

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Chicago area technical consultant Phil Schuman uses his Nextel i860 camera
phone with his son’s Boy Scout troop, for hiking, geocaching and even
presentations on GPS for the troop. Schuman plans the hikes on the Web site,
downloads waypoints and later posts pictures from the trip for others to view.

“There’s nothing comparable to Trimble Outdoors,” says Schuman. “It’s
great for planning hikes; you can share your trips and maps on the Web site.”
Trimble Outdoors can be used with Nextel GPS- and Java-enabled phones
anywhere on the Nextel nationwide network, and Trimble Outdoors GPS works
inside or outside the Nextel network even in the most remote places.

Trimble Outdoors is available at Nextel Retail Stores and at http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com.

 

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