Navigon will no longer be selling PNDs (personal navigation devices) in the US. In a statement released today, the company explains, "Due to the difficult economic environment and the aggressive pricing we have decided to withdraw from the PND business in North America for the time being. We are however not closing down our Chicago office which will continue to serve our automotive and mobile phone businesses in North America." With the rise of the smartphone, I wonder how long it will be until we see some of the bigger GPS manufacturers follow suit. [Navigon via Laptop via SlashGear]
Why would I buy a SmartPhone for which I must pay for a monthly data plan when I can buy a Garmin one time for a hundred bucks that does it for me and stays in the car?
Until mobile providers have reasonably-priced unlimited data plans or don't require mandatory data plans with Blackberries/iPhones/etc., I'll steer clear of that market and be perfectly happy with my nuvi.