Global positioning system devices are becoming more commonplace, but Route 66 Mobile Britain 2005 is the first solution that works with Symbian OS-based mobile phones.
If you have a Nokia 6260, 6600, 6620, 6630, 7610, N-Gage or N-Gage QD, Siemens SX1 or the Sendo X then you will be able to insert the Route 66 Multimedia Card into your phone.
Setting things up after this is straightforward – insert the battery into the GPS receiver, use the Bluetooth facilities on the phone to find the receiver and you’re ready to go.
You can find a certain location by inputting the postcode or place name. There’s also a detailed list of points of interest. You can save all the waypoints you set for future use, but if you want to keep it really simple, just mark a single point on the map.
Voice commands are clear and correct, but if you plan to use this system in your car then everything that happens onscreen is useless to you. None of the mobile phones Route 66 works with have large enough screens to be easily visible on the dashboard.
One thing we love about Mobile Britain is that you can use information transmitted from the internet via GPRS to get real-time traffic information – roadworks, accidents and the like – then plan your route accordingly. Surprisingly, this is something rarely offered by GPS solutions but it will make your journey a whole lot easier and hassle-free.