Garmin nuvifone G60 Falls To $99 On Contract (In A Hurry) - HotHardware
Garmin nuvifone G60 Falls To $99 On Contract (In A Hurry)

Garmin nuvifone G60 Falls To $99 On Contract (In A Hurry)

Wow, talk about a rapid fall from grace. Of course, anyone with any understanding of the current GPS/smartphone landscape could see this coming from a mile away, but those who were duped into laying out $300 for Garmin-Asus' nüvifone G60 back on October 4th are probably kicking themselves right about now.

Merely weeks after the hybrid GPS/phone landed at AT&T, Amazon now has the same device up for just $99 with a 2-year AT&T contract. That's $200 off a $300 phone. Again, wow. But the story here seeps deeper than just a huge discount on a brand new phone that the world has been waiting years for. The story goes on to Garmin's own stock price, which dipped significantly during trading hours along with TomTom and a few other companies in the navigation industry.



Google Maps Navigation is bringing the turn-by-turn guidance that TomTom and Garmin have provided for so long to Android phones (and possibly others), but the kicker is that it's being made available for free. That means that pay options are now seen as old and out of touch, and more importantly, unnecessary. Granted, some folks love Garmin's interface, and at just $99, the G60 here is still a solid bargain. But considering just how little (if anything) Garmin is making off of this, we'd be shocked to see it try again with another phone that's not powered by Android.
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Dem bad, bad, market fluctuations seem to be taking Joe consumer for a ride.

This should fall under the category of "Once Bitten-Twice Shy" for them.

Hopefully they will remember what this company did to them in the future and tell others about what just happened too.

Bottom line is that a $200.00 bite to the wallet so soon after release is in bad form and Garmin should be penalized for doing what they did.

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I can't wait for Google Navigation to come to the iPhone.

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Wow, way to go Google! Love free market capitalism (when it works)!

realneil, didn't Apple pull a similar stunt with their first generation Iphones?

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