TomTom XL 340s LIVE
Earlier this summer TomTom introduced their first two-way connected device, the 740 LIVE. Today, TomTom has announced a little brother to the 740, the XL 340s LIVE. You should be able to pick one up soon, for a retail price of $299.95.
In many ways there are more things similar than different between these two LIVE devices. Both come with the Fuel Price Service, Google Local search, TomTom IQ Routes, live traffic, and Weather data. You also get goodies like seven million POIs, maps of the USA, Canada, and Mexico, plus Active Lane Guidance. If you don’t need features like Bluetooth hands-free calling or voice recognition, the XL 340s LIVE looks like it will be a great value as it saves about a hundred bucks from the 740.
Like the 740, you will get three months of the LIVE services included– after that the price is currently expected to be $9.95 per month. It will be interesting to see if Garmin’s connected services coming out later this fall (two years included in the higher priced GPS devices) will put any pressure on TomTom to drop the price slightly. Time will tell.
The new 340s LIVE changes one more thing under the hood compared to the 740 LIVE. When released, the 740 LIVE operated on the Jasper Wireless network. The 340s LIVE however is built around a new agreement between TomTom and AT&T and will operate on their network. (Note, no phone service is required… the device itself simply has its own “phone” type chip inside. You need the TomTom service for the LIVE services to work, but you don’t need a phone or contract with AT&T– that all happens seamlessly.)