US-based virtual network operator Helio today unveiled a new device called Fin and announced the availability of Garmin Mobile for this cell phone as well as for the Ocean, another handset announced last March. After Sprint this is the second wireless operator signed by Garmin for its off-board navigation solution. But Helio remains a niche operator with around 100,000 subscribers (Q2 2007), even if targeting a young and connected demographics more inclined to use their device for data applications. Garmin Mobile is available for $2.99 per day, no monthly fee has been released at the time of publishing.
The new Helio Fin does not limit its GPS features to navigation, photos and video shot with Fin’s 3 megapixel camera are geo-tagged. Pictures can be automatically uploaded with their GPS coordinates to Flickr.com and be seen immediately on the Flickr map. Helio handsets also offer GPS-enabled Google Maps and “Buddy Beacon”, a friend finder application.