TomTom Brings Homer Simpson Voice Guidance to iPhone

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GPS navigation firm TomTom today announced that it has brought its Homer Simpson celebrity voice for turn-by-turn directions to its U.S. iPhone applications, appearing as a $5.99 in-app purchase.

Developed in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products (FCP), The Gracie Films Worldwide Brand Division and Locutio Voice Technologies, the original Homer Simpson voice (recorded by Dan Castellaneta), for TomTom's range of personal navigation devices is now available for $5.99 for use on your TomTom App for iPhone in the U.S., marking the first time a celebrity voice has ever been available for mobile phone based GPS.

The original Homer Simpson voice for the TomTom App for iPhone comes with all the latest maps (TomTom version 1.7), which means drivers not only receive Homer's own special words of wisdom, such as "Woo Hoo! You have reached your destination, and you can hold your head up high, because you are a genius!" but also the latest TomTom map store on board their iPhone.

The Homer Simpson voice has been available on TomTom's standalone GPS devices for several years, but is only just now appearing as an option on the iPhone.

TomTom U.S.A is currently priced at $49.99 in the App Store.

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124 months ago

No, that's not the same; if Apple told folks with first generation iPad they needed to pay $6 for AirPlay or something, then it would be comparable.

I see, so TomTom is forcing their customers to purchase that Homer voice? I missed that. Thanks for putting that right!
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124 months ago

No, that's not the same; if Apple told folks with first generation iPad they needed to pay $6 for AirPlay or something, then it would be comparable.


It's just the same, just as Apple's been doing since the introduction of the 1st iPhone...... I'll probably still get it as soon as it;s in the UK though! :D
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124 months ago
Sure it will be useless as it will not be able to speak road names etc. if you select a 'real' voice.
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124 months ago
Distracting?

I've never tried these "funny" voice, so I'm wondering if they're not distracting and/or annoying when you're actually trying to concentrate on getting from A to B.

Is everyone here who tired any kind of special voice for their GPS happy with the concept, or did some go back to regular voices?
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124 months ago
D'oh

What about Snoop!?!? Don't get me wrong, Homer is amazing, but gots ta get me some shizzle bizzle!
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124 months ago

Ah, so they've finally figured out how to milk their existing customers for more money.

You mean, this is akin to Apple bringing out the iPad 2 with features that could have been in the first iPad? Now I understand!:rolleyes:
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