According to the recent fillings of the FCC, another Garminfone/nuvifone is being released by Garmin-Asus. These recent filings show that there is a requirement for 850 / 1900 MHz which suggests that AT&T might be used as its carrier. While the Garminfone was launched by T-Mobile recently, it is quite difficult to see what exactly the marketing strategy of Garmin-Asus is, as the rights to the nuvifone might be exclusively given to AT&T or Garmin-Asus might have permanently switched over to Garminfone. Nothing will be certain till the E600 launches out.
Irrespective of what the probable marketing situation might be, chances are that Garmin-Asus will once again make use of Android, more so since the effective uninspiring launch of the G60 on AT&T. The G60 made use of simple Linux; however, the Android is stated to be released on all Garmin-Asus navigation centric mobile phones. As there is still no public announcement made by Garmin-Asus regarding the features of the new phone, one will have to wait and watch to see whether the E600 will be an improvement over T-Mobile’s handset.
As a means of gaining as much support as possible in North America, Garmin-Asus introduced the nuvifone G60 on AT&T. However, since sales of the G60 were not as per as estimated, Garmin-Asus quickly rolled out the Garminfone on T-Mobile. Although not certain, we speculated that the nuvifone brand name is being exclusively owned by AT&T, why else would Garmin-Asus not use this branding anywhere else in the market. In fact, all phones manufactured by ASUS go through the very same joint venture of Garmin-Asus. Hence, it was no surprise to find that with the release of the FCC filings, a new nuvifone was on the horizon. The new E600, PDA Phone, is set to be launched in the 850 / 1900 MHz spectrum which leads us to believe that AT&T will be the most obvious carrier. If not AT&T, another carrier from the north would be the best bet.