Did you just win a subscription to TeleNav GPS Plus & a Car Mount? 5 people just did!

 

 

Why are these people jumping for joy?

Two reasons: It’s Friday (!) and they know that today, I’m announcing the 5 winners of the TeleNav GPS Plus for the iPhone & Car Mount Giveaway!

So who won?

  • Daniela C.
  • Santiago
  • Vanessa M.
  • Jeremy S.
  • Dan A.

Thanks to everyone who entered! We’re planning on doing more giveaways in the future so there will be more opportunities to win great prizes.

Photo Credit: PaleonTour Flickr – Creative Commons License

Contest: Why Food is Awesome & How You Could Win 1 of 5 One-Year subscriptions of TeleNav GPS Plus on the iPhone and a Car Mount!

All pizza is good pizza. Photo credit: Maveric2003 - Flickr

Is there anything better than discovering a great meal? Not if you ask me. In fact, trying new foods is literally one of my favorite things to do. I absolutely love discovering new flavors and exploring different cuisines. It should probably come as no surprise then that as a kid, my mom had a never had a problem with me cleaning my plate – unless, of course, there were olives on it. To this day, I still have a hard time with them (read: I think they’re awful) but everything else is fair game.

Now that I’m an adult (according to the dictionary at least), exploring and discovering new foods is still a big part of who I am and I’m still constantly looking for my next big experience in flavor. Of course, this is only reinforced by the fact I’m lucky enough to work for a company that specializes in GPS navigation and that we’re also quite good at helping people to discover and get to places (like restaurants). In fact, I love knowing that people are using our app to find their next great culinary adventure and that’s why last week on our Facebook page, I decided to ask our fans about their favorite meal. Knowing what other food experiences people have had can help me search out my next big culinary adventure. ;)

Here’s what you said:

Robin D. said: I would go to Maryland for Chesapeake Steamed Crabs!!!

Roger G. said: I’d go to my hometown of Elmhurst, IL and have my favorite Chicago-style thin crust pizza from Roberto’s! Sausage, pepperoni, green peppers, mushrooms and black olives.

Sam K. said: The Prime Grill, in New York City – best steak dinner I’ve ever had!

David S. said: Shan Restaurant.

Rashad O. said: Olive Garden, Chicken Alfredo.

 Is anyone else drooling at their keyboard? *awkward*

iPhone Fans: Enter to win 1 of 5 one-year subscriptions to TeleNav GPS Plus AND a Car Mount   

Are you rockin’ an iPhone? To help you find and discover your next great meal, we’re giving away one-year subscriptions to TeleNav GPS Plus AND car mounts to 5 lucky people!

To enter:

  • Follow us on Twitter, @TeleNav
  • Leave a comment below with your name about why you need TeleNav GPS Plus – include your Twitter username (example: @telenav)
  •  EXTRA ENTRY: Follow us on Facebook and leave a link to your profile in the comments

The sweepstakes starts today and will end on Friday, November 18th!

Rules here.

Good luck everyone! I’ll announce the winner’s this Friday right here on our blog. :)

CONTEST: Win $10,000 towards a trip for 4, 1 of 5 Kyocera Echos, or 1 of over 50 Gas Cards, just for Navigating with TeleNav on Sprint!

What if I told you that you could win $10,000 towards a trip for four, one of five Kyocera Echo (with DUAL SCREENS!) smartphones, or one of over fifty $50 gas cards just by using TeleNav on your Sprint phone?

What if I also told you it wouldn’t cost you anything to enter because TeleNav is FREE to use with your Sprint Simply Everything or Unlimited data plan? (Without a data plan or add-on fees of $.03/kb & $2.99/day apply)

Starting today, YOU CAN, thanks to our friends at Sprint.

Beginning RIGHT NOW until October 10th, you can enter to win bunch of great prizes just for doing a lot of the things you probably already do with TeleNav GPS Navigator, like navigate, search for places, and view maps

 

The Goods (Read: Prizes)

Enter “Are We There Yet” Sweepstakes and you could have a chance to win:

  • Grand Prize: $10,000 towards a trip for four to anywhere in the Contiguous states, Hawaii or Puerto Rico AND one year of TeleNav Premium Service
  • First Place Prizes: One of Five Kyocera Echoes (service plan not included)
  • Weekly Third Place Prizes: One of over FIFTY $50 gas gift cards

 

How to Enter

There are two easy ways to register for the “Are We There Yet?” Sweepstakes.

  • Entering online at Sprint.com/arewethereyet
  • Directly in TeleNav GPS Navigator on your Sprint smart phone via a WAP page

After you’ve registered, you can enter once daily and receive more chances to win by performing the following in TeleNav GPS Navigator:

  • Activating a new TeleNav account
  • Making a trip request
  • Performing a search
  • Conducting a map request

What are you waiting for? The “Are We There Yet?” Sweepstakes is really that easy to enter!

Have any questions? Let us know in the comments section below.

For details on how to enter via mail in registration and eligibility information, please see the Official Rules here. Restrictions apply. Coverage not available everywhere. Not available on all phones. See sprint.com for details.

Commuter Confessionals: Surviving Your Daily Drive

Vote for your favorite Commuter Confessional

“Stalled vehicle ahead. Expect delays,” the flashing sign 20 feet above the highway read.

Ahh… Thank you, Captain Obvious,” I think to myself. “In related news, hot food is hot.”

Welcome to my (insert any day here) commute.

As I assess the situation, in both directions on the highway, are masses of cars in the same scenario I am – stuck, feeling helpless, and all with no where to go but with somewhere to be.

And they’re letting people know it.

Between the constant blaring of car horns, flashing of high-beams, and aggressive driving techniques which might make a stunt man cringe, this morning’s commute is not an easy one.

If you ask me, this is a lot to deal with before 6:30 AM, let alone my first cup of coffee. The traffic gods must be feeling extra cruel this morning.

As I sit in my car, with a feeling of mounting frustration growing inside of me over the morning’s puttering traffic, it occurs to me – I can’t control what happens on my commute, nor can I control the driver next to me. In fact, there are very few things about my commute I can control.

But one thing I can control can make all the difference between a frustrating commute and one that’s more enjoyable – I can control how I react it.

As I think about this thought, it leads me to recall a tip I remember. A few days prior, I remember reading that some people use some pretty interesting techniques to help them manage their commute.  One in particular which resonated with me was this:

If I’m alone, I make up stories about the commuters around me. Like, oh, that man is proposing to his girlfriend tonight, which explains his anxious face and incessant finger tapping on the steering wheel. That woman? She’s getting a promotion today but she doesn’t know it. She’ll look much happier when she makes it to the office in a few minutes.

- Amy Lakhani

So this is what I do. In fact, as I creep a long in traffic, I do it for the next 20 minutes for every car around me. I begin by looking at their car and then the driver. Who are they? Where are they going? What’s going to happen to them today? As I do this, I find myself becoming more intrigued by each new driver I see. For all of them, I create entire stories and just as quickly as I imagine one, I begin another about the driver right behind them.

I continue doing this for everyone I see. The guy in the blue car. The lady in that red truck. I continue on, with each passing driver. That is, until it hits me: I’m passed the stalled vehicle and traffic is traveling at normal speed! In fact, before I know it, I was at work and none worse for wear despite having just moments earlier felt apocalyptic amounts of frustration.

What’s my point? It’s this. Whether your daily commute is heaven or hell, it’s totally up to you and is a choice each individual driver has to make. What will you choose? Of course, seeing how your commute is likely something you’ll have to deal with a lot, we certainly do hope you make it a fun one.

Need some tips for making it your commute more interesting?

Want to help us decide who will walk away with thousands of dollars in prizes?

Tomorrow is the last day to vote for your favorite Commuter Confessional and we would love your help. To check out all the entries and learn some cool techniques about how some people survive their commute, click on over to this page.

Photo Credit: Nick Digital (Creative Commons License)

 

 

 

Navigator In Chief, Drew Bennett of BenSpark.com, Hits the Road with TeleNav for Some Family Fun!

 

I remember when I was a kid, I always thought it would be hard to be a parent. Now that I’m older, turns out I was right.

Growing up, I was never really much of a talker. I was actually a pretty quiet kid and I would spend a lot of time just observing things. For hours, I could just sit and watch as the world moved.

On one of these days, I remember I was over at my friend’s house when I was about 6 and on that day, I was watching his parents when it occurred to me; my friends’ mom and dad do a lot! Not only were they responsible for caring for my friend, they have to dress him, feed him, clean up his scrapes, and watch out for germs. They also have to put him to bed, do laundry, cook dinner, and make Jello (yes, this is one of the most important responsibilities of a parent). And then I thought this probably wasn’t unique just to my friends’ parents – probably all parents have to do this much work!

And if you have more than one child? Juggling all of the kids (not literally) would be a full time job. It was then that it occurred to me that the job description for a parent is one that is probably an endless amount of responsibilities and must be constantly evolving.

Now that I’m older (and slightly wiser), I realize that my assessment was right – parents do have a lot to do (understatement alert) and being a mom or a dad is not at all easy. The lives of parents are only then made more complex as each family grows (both in size and in age) at which point, the responsibilities of a parent has to change with them, especially as kids start going off to school and becoming involved with other things like sports and clubs.

How is a parent manage it all?

If you’ve been paying close attention to our blog, you’ll know that recently we partnered with a venerable wolf pack of dad bloggers to help explain how parents and families can use TeleNav to making being a dad (or a mom) easier.

Most recently, our friend Drew Bennett of BenSpark.com decided he wanted to share how he uses TeleNav GPS Navigator to make one of his favorite things to do with his family easier – going out on a day trip. Thankfully, he decided to document his trip and hit the road with a camera in hand.

Want to check to learn how Drew used TeleNav? Check it out as he and his family drive off to Evelyn’s Drive-In in Tiverton, RI! Enjoy!

Question: If you’re a parent, how do you have a secret for getting your family around town? How do you manage it? Does our app help? Let us know in the comments section!

Surviving Your Commute: Vote for Your Favorite Commuter Confessional

The commute. The daily grind. Hell.

Whatever you choose to call it, for those of us who have to drive into work daily realize that it can be one of the least enjoyable parts of the day. Between the stop-and-go traffic, your complete lack of coffee and the inconsiderate driver behind you who apparently thinks the closer he/she gets, the faster you’ll go, the daily commute can be a completely exhausting experience. And this is all even before you start your work day. Just thinking about it, can be a bit of a drag, can’t it?

But the daily drive doesn’t have to be like this. It doesn’t have to be the energy sucking force that we have all become used to; it can be better. In fact, there are a lot of people out there who have chosen to change the idea of the morning commute and reframe it their minds from one of the hardest parts of our day, to something completely different – an opportunity.

 

Commuter Confessionals: Your Secrets to Surviving Your Commute

For those of you who follow us on Facebook, you know that recently we ran a contest asking you submit your “Commuter Confessional.” To enter, we asked you to tell us the secret to your daily commute: How do you survive it? What do you do to improve it? And boy, did you all respond with some incredible submissions.

When we started reviewing the submissions, we found we received many entries about how the commute is more than just about getting to work; it’s an opportunity to do something meaningful. For example, some of you wrote about listening to audiobooks on the drive in as a way to learn something new, or others about how your commute is a chance to start the day by belting out your favorite song loud and proud. As we read on, it quickly became clear that the Commuter confessions you had submitted came in all shapes, sizes, and flavors and our team was very impressed by the ways some of you choose to handle your commute in a positive way. There were even a few moments where, as judges, we read them and said, “Wow. I wish I would have thought of that.” The quality of the submissions was phenomenal.

 

Vote for your Favorite Commuter Confessional

The job of the TeleNav judges was simple: to find the 10 best submissions based on creativity, adherence to the theme, quality, and uniqueness. Considering we had almost 300 entries, the job our judging team had was a tough one. But after some late nights, long hours, and a little bit of crying, I’m happy to tell you we have made our decision and have announced the 10 entries (in no particular order) who are moving on in the Commuter Confessionals contest and are one step closer to winning the Ultimate Commute Prize Pack!

 

Which of the following Commuter Confessionals do you like? Which is the best secret to surviving the daily commute? Help them by voting for them on our Facebook page! Voting is open until 11am on August 10th.


1. Kathy Quant’s entry:

On my way to work, I peek inside the windows of the other cars to see the drivers. Then I make up a silly story in my head about who they are and where they’re going. One man in a BMW might be a high-power attorney who’s skipping work to go to ballet class! The crazier, the better.

2. Kathleen Fischman’s entry:

I live in LA and take 4 different freeways to work every day. For this hour and a half commute, I blast the music and sing along–in different voices! I imitate different people I know and try to sing to the music like they would: from Lady Gaga in my New Jersey grandmother’s accent to Elton John in the voice of my Texan friend. It’s silly but it definitely makes the long drive go a lot faster!

3. Roxanna Angle’s entry:

Ah the boring monotonous commute to the even more excruciatingly boring job. I feel its a scene from the Bill Murray movie Groundhog’s Day. To ensure my eyes stay open I have a secret weapon; I indulge myself in horror themed audiobooks! Okay, yes they do make me hyper jumpy and maybe a bit paranoid, but it’s a secret pleasure that actually makes my commute actually (I can’t believe I’m saying this…) enjoyable.

4. Tommy Rodriguez’s entry:

I have dark tint windows on my car so I’m pretty sure people around me can’t see much inside car. I’m from NYC so my commute consist of much traffic. Put both of these together and you get me doing funny faces at cars next to me. I sometimes flick them off for no reason just cause I know they can’t see me. I also put music really loud and start talking to them really loudly. “HEY YOU IN RED CAR.” Guess I’m a loser but at least it takes boredom away. :)

5. Mary Cumming’s entry:

On my commute, I listen to Kenny G’s smooth jazz to calm my frayed nerves from all the rat race traffic.  I do like my coffee while I drive so I won’t get too laid back from Kenny’s tunes.  A Hostess Twinkie doesn’t hurt to pacify my hunger. Add a little whistling here and there, and I arrive at my destination before I know it!

6. Natalia Milner’s entry:

I record my kids (2 and 3 years old) singing, talking or telling stories, burn a CD and play it in the car while driving to/from work.  Listening my kids always makes me smile and makes me feel much better. My kids’s voices make my commute much more fun

 

7. Rita Ruud’s entry:

I pick up hitchhikers when it’s 20-below-zero. I also drive past the North Dakota State University sheep herd every day, and they have 2 donkeys out with the sheep to protect them from dog attacks. Every time I see the donkeys, I say “You jackasses!” It puts me in a good mood for work, where I have to be very nice!

8. Matthew Shaver’s entry:

Every morning at 5am I go across one of the largest bridges in the world. (Lake Pontchartrain Causeway). I bought a USB coffee maker I could plug into my usb port in my dash, and I make two cups of joe on the ride up. It is a straight bridge so I use cruise. Easy as pie.

9. Amy Lakhani’s entry:

If I’m alone, I make up stories about the commuters around me. Like, oh, that man is proposing to his girlfriend tonight, which explains his anxious face and incessant finger tapping on the steering wheel. That woman? She’s getting a promotion today but she doesn’t know it. She’ll look much happier when she makes it to the office in a few minutes.

If I’m with my husband, we listen to podcasts. Our favs: The Moth, TechCrunch headlines, and RadioLab.

10. Michelle Washburn’s entry:

The rituals I follow to survive my commute,to others might be embarrassing. I survive my commute by forgetting that I am 44. I insert my Ozzy CD or some other head-banging selection, and sing as loud as I feel like. Which is usually quite loud. Sure, people stare but who cares! I do what I have to do. Unfortunately, my teenage children will not allow me to do this when they are in the car, for some reason, its embarrassing to them? And their tri-colored hair-do of the week is not?

Vote for your favorite Commuter Confessional HERE.

How do you see your commute? Is it something to be dreaded, feared, or loathed even before you get in your car? Or could it be time that you use to do something meaningful for you, whether that be learning about something or simply just entertaining yourself? As you can see by the top 10 entries to our Commuter Confessionals contest, all of these people believe in the latter. What do you believe?

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Photo Credit: Oran Viriyincy

 

Winners of the TeleNav GPS Navigator September Giveaway Announced

Happy Monday, folks!

Last week, we announced that we’d be giving away 5 one-year subscriptions to our TeleNav GPS Navigator (or a partner branded version) product to 5 lucky people and by now, you gotta be wondering who the winners are. Well, without further ado they are:

  • @TwistMyMind
  • @Dakini_3
  • Patrick Kennedy
  • @Powert33
  • @iTroldahl

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Want to see more giveaways? Let us know below!

How to: Win an iTunes Gift Card & More with Jungle!

What’s playing on YOUR iPhone, TeleNav Nation?

Want to add something new to your playlists or rotation?

Then stick with me.

Recently, as you may know, we launched a new free app called Jungle! As a quick recap, Jungle! is an online marketplace app (available for the iPhone and iPod Touch) that allows you to buy, sell, and search for items or services right from your phone. It’s different than most online marketplaces because it uses GPS to help you sort through relevant search results. For example, if you’re searching for a textbook, Jungle! will find the most relevant results and sort them by distance (in miles) based on your location. We think this is extremely useful because for most of us, when we’re in the market for a product, weigh value against cost and distance. As an item’s cost or distance increases, it becomes less likely we’ll want to buy that product, right? We think so anyways. ;)

But a recap of Jungle! is not what you’re interested in right now. What you want to know is…

… How do I win iTunes Gift Cards with Jungle!?

It’s simple. Just do the following:

1. Download Jungle! to your iPhone or iPod Touch

2. Register your email address (if we cannot contact you, it’s hard to give you a prize!).

3. There is no 3rd step!

Every 100th person who downloads Jungle! and registers their email address within the app will win one of fifty (50) $20 iTunes Gift Cards!

But there’s one more way to win!

We wanted to make things just a little bit more interesting and upped the stakes.

For every 50th item posted for sale within Jungle!, we will buy it for double the listed price (for up to $100.00)!

Want more information? The Official Jungle! Contest Rules can be found HERE.

You can also download Jungle! on the Apple App Store HERE.

So here’s the question, TeleNav Nation: If you won an iTunes Gift Card, what’s album would you buy?

Update: HTC EVO Contest EXTENDED & Easier To Enter!



BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re extending the Help Me Get an HTC EVO Contest we announced last week and we’re making it easier to enter!

Now to enter, all you have to do is answer this question (in the comment section below or on the original post): Why do you need Sprint Navigation (powered by TeleNav) on the HTC EVO 4G this summer?”

That’s it! The contest will be extended until 11:59am next Friday (June 11th, 2010) and the winner will selected by a group of TeleNav judges! Be sure to remember to leave your name and your email address in the comments section because you can’t win if we can’t contact you!

Here are the newly updated official rules. Good luck!


Check out this video of Sprint Navigation on the HTC EVO 4G!


$199.99 for a HTC EVO 4G? We’ll Help Pay For It!


Okay, so I know what you’re thinking…

You’re thinking, “Dude, why the flip are you announcing another contest already? And more specifically, why are you doing it the day after announcing your other contest? Seriously?”

To that, I say, SERIOUSLY – we play by nobody’s rules. ;)

So why exactly are we launching another contest already? Well, as many of you probably are aware, the HTC EVO 4G is coming out soon (June 4th) and it being one of the most hyped up pieces of tech (not named the iPad), we wanted to do something around it.

Of course, we could just as easily do nothing and all would be just fine and dandy but fact of the matter is, we are as psyched about this phone as you are and we absolutely want to do something around it. Hopefully you think this is a good thing because for you, this means more opportunities to win prizes!

So what exactly is the prize that’s up for grabs this time? We thought as the HTC EVO is roughly $200 (with a 2-year Sprint contract & after a $100 mail-in-rebate), we should help you pay for it so we’re going to be giving away a $200 VISA Gift Card that can be used towards the purchase of America’s first 4G phone! We’ll also be hooking you up with the ultimate EVO car kit which includes a car mount, a car charger, and an extra wall charger!

How To Enter:

1. Record yourself answering the question, “Why do you need an HTC EVO, with Sprint Navigation (powered by TeleNav, this summer?” and post it to YouTube.

2. Post the URL with your full name & email in the comment section below.

3. Tweet out the phrase: Hey @TeleNav! Help me buy an EVO 4G with @Sprint Navigation (powered by you)! http://bit.ly/bJi8fE #SprintNavTeleNav

That’s it! The winner of the contest will be selected by a panel of judges based on the following criteria: overall quality of his/her answer and his/her ability to create an engaging and captivating video.

The contest will end at 11:59am on Wednesday, June 2nd with the winner being announced soon after!

Official Contest Rules here. And if you have any questions, please email me at kenjio@telenav.com.

Good luck!