OLATHE, Kan., March 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), today announced that Garmin Mobile XT can now be paired with GPS Buddy on virtually any GPS handset or Bluetooth wireless-enabled smartphone -- providing complete mobile resource management that is designed to enhance the productivity of a workforce. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061026/CGTH082LOGO) "Paired with GPS Buddy, Garmin Mobile XT gives companies the tools they need to ensure their business runs smoothly," said Roger Jollis, Garmin's director of OEM and mobile marketing. "And since many mobile workforces already own smartphones, incorporating Garmin Mobile XT and GPS Buddy is a cost-effective solution as well." Paired with Garmin Mobile XT, GPS Buddy gives a company the capability to monitor its workforce in real time and communicate with mobile workers via any applicable smartphone -- directly over the handset's wireless provider. If the office needs to direct an employee to a new location, they can receive turn-by-turn, voice-prompted directions to the new destination on their smartphone. Initially, this solution will be available on smartphones operating with Microsoft Windows Mobile platforms but will be available on select Symbian and Palm OS handsets later in the year. "All our software and web services for extensive fleet management solutions are already available in twelve languages," said Thomas Verhuyck, GPS Buddy's director of localization services. "More languages will be added, so that our very affordable solutions will be available in more and more countries." Garmin Mobile XT maps are pre-programmed on a memory card that is inserted into a smartphone, giving the handset powerful features and Garmin's intuitive interface. Workers can use their smartphone's internal GPS receiver or purchase a GPS receiver like Garmin's GPS 10x(TM), a compact GPS receiver that uses Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Garmin Mobile XT allows the user to look up millions of points of interest such as restaurants, hotels, ATMs, and gas stations. After entering a destination, the device will automatically provide voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions to a destination. Depending on service availability in a particular area, users can also access traffic information, fuel prices, weather conditions and forecasts, and other location-based services directly on their mobile phone. More information and pricing is available at http://www.gps-buddy.com. About GPS Buddy GPS Buddy is at the forefront of easy-to-use business solutions for tracking, managing, monitoring, messaging, navigation and routing from door-to-door. All solutions are already available in more than 20 countries. About Garmin Garmin International, Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) group of companies which designs, manufactures, markets, and sells navigation, communication and information devices and applications -- most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in consumer and general aviation navigation and its products serve the automotive/mobile, outdoor/fitness, marine, and aviation markets. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at http://www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin is a registered trademark, and Garmin Mobile XT and GPS 10x are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved. Notice on forward-looking statements: This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. All statements regarding the company's future product introductions are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on management's current expectations. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors listed in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2006 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 000-31983). A copy of Garmin's Form 10-K can be downloaded at http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
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