If you’re using TomTom’s navigation App and car kit for the iPhone and have moved from an iPhone 3Gs to an iPhone 4, you probably discovered that the new design of the iPhone hardware doesn’t quite work with the car kit. I’m glad I didn’t purchase one of those kits from TomTom, but I was given one as a Christmas gift last holiday season. Well, rather than working up a complete new kit, TomTom is offering users a free adapter that will allow the new iPhone 4 to work with the existing kit. If you are a new purchaser you’ll get the adapter as well.
This is probably a wise move on TomTom’s part, because as I remember, TomTom was onstage and much ballyhooed during the iPhone 3GS launch but it took a while for the car kits to actually make it to market. There’s nothing like being caught up short with an accessory and having the form factor change on you quickly after you bring it to market.
The reason for the adapter is how the car kit works. There’s a button that the iPhone presses against once it is nestled in the cradle that activates the unit. The TomTom car kit improves GPS reception, can broadcast commands via BlueTooth, and also will keep the phone charged. While the iPhone 4 will fit in the cradle without too much difficulty, the different form factor doesn’t allow for the button to be pressed.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of getting the accessory, you can also try this home brew solution. I have and it works like a charm. Essentially you attach a piece of velcro over the button and everything works.
If you want to go the TomTom route, all you need to do is fill out the form and you should be on your way.
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