February 22, 2001
Garmin® Introduces New GSM Cellular Phone/GPS
Olathe, Kan. - Garmin Corporation, a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:
GRMN), a leading manufacturer of navigation, communication and
information electronics, has unveiled a new GSM cellular telephone
for Europe introducing the NavTalk® II GSM.
This product combines a European GSM cellular telephone with
the proven ability of Garmin's 12 parallel channel GPS receiver.
The GPS component of this product will allow users to see their
location on a detailed basemap. In 1999, Garmin introduced the
world's first GPS-equipped cellular telephone, the original NavTalk,
for the analog AMPS market.
"There is a real need especially for emergency service providers
and other safety organizations in Europe, to have the type of
life-saving information that can be supplied by this product,"
said Gary Kelley, director of marketing, Garmin International.
"With this phone, anyone will have the ability to transmit their
location to another NavTalk II GSM user and to other location-based
The NavTalk II GSM has Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) capability,
which allows users to obtain information via the Internet. In
addition, the product features a built-in international basemap
complete with cities, major roads, lakes, rivers, airports, coastlines
and highways. The unit will also accept downloadable map detail
from Garmin's extensive line of MapSource® CD-ROMs, including points
of interest information like hotels, restaurants and entertainment.
The NavTalk II GSM boasts a small portable size that is no bigger
than most conventional cell phones.
Specific features of the NavTalk II GSM include:
- Built-in modem
- Text messaging
- Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) capability; ability to
look up information via the Internet
- Ability to transmit location from one NavTalk II GSM user
to another and to location-based service companies
- 12 parallel channel GPS receiver with built-in international
basemap of cities, major roads, lakes, rivers, airports, coastlines
- Accepts downloadable map detail from MapSource CD-ROMs; includes
address and points of interests like restaurants and hotels
- Stores up to 500 personal waypoints
The NavTalk II GSM will be available in the fourth quarter of
2001. It will ship standard with a travel charger, user's manual
and quick reference guide.
Garmin International Inc. and Garmin Corp. are members of
the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies. Garmin Ltd.,
through its operating subsidiaries, designs and manufactures navigation,
communication and information electronics. The company's full
product line serves the aviation, marine, outdoor recreation,
automotive, wireless and OEM markets. The company is incorporated
in the Cayman Islands and its principal subsidiaries maintain
offices in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For
more information, visit the Virtual Press Room at www.garmin.com/pressroom,
or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin
and NavTalk are registered trademarks and MapSource is a trademark
of Garmin Corporation.
This press release contains forward-looking statements respecting
Garmin Ltd. and its business. These forward-looking statements
involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ
materially. There could be a number of factors affecting future
results, including those factors identified in Garmin's Registration
Statement on Form S-1 dated December 8, 2000 and filed by Garmin
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file no.
333-45514). Garmin will not update any forward-looking statements
in this press release to reflect future events or developments.