Where to Find Celebrity Voices: TomTom Tips & Tricks
written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 10/4/2010
If you are looking for celebrity voices - TomTom GPS compatible ones - to guide you in navigation, here are 5 nice sources of paid and free ones. You can get some of the most popular pop culture icons or obscure characters.
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The TomTom GPS car navigation system provides a voice-guided direction feature that assists drivers in navigating the roads without requiring the driver to constantly check the visual map on the screen. This presents a fun way for drivers to navigate the streets because the TomTom can be customized to support celebrity voices. TomTom devices presents this customization by offering celebrity voices TomTom makes available on their website as well as voices that are downloadable from other sources. Let us take a look at five of these resources online.
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Described as “Navigation by the Stars", VoiceSkins offers a wide array of voices for the TomTom GPS from some of the most popular pop culture franchises and celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, the Star Wars franchise and The Simpsons franchise. Ever fancied getting directions from Homer Simpson or Darth Vader? VoiceSkins makes this possible with its range of celebrity voices. Each celebrity can be purchased for $12.95. The website also offers free content for the TomTom GPS.
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Ever wanted to have KITT, the talking car from the TV show Knight Rider, as your car? Well, the closest thing you can get to having KITT as your car is having its voice in your car GPS navigation system. You can get the voice, as well as other celebrity voices like Mr. T, the late great Dennis Hopper and Kim Cattrall of Sex and the City fame, from NavTones. Aside from offering celebrity voices for the TomTom GPS car navigation system, the voices are also available for Garmin GPS devices. The website even offers a preview of the voices so customers can get an idea of what they're about to purchase. Each celebrity voice costs $12.95 at NavTones.
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This Celebrity Voices website offers several content for GPS devices, specifically TomTom and Garmin. The content includes speed alerts, maps and of course, celebrity voices such as Billy Connely, Morgan Freeman, Elvis Presley, Sean Connery, Tom Jones and more. Each celebrity voice costs £1.99 for an instant download. The website also offers voice packages that contain several voices. Each pack ranges in price from £3.99 to £4.99, depending on the number and the owner of the voices.
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Sat Nav Voices
The Sat Nav Voices does not offer original voices from celebrities themselves, but they do offer cartoon voices, some of which are imitations of celebrities like Russell Crowe, Mr. T, Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean and more. The site offers voice previews for the voices they are offering. Each voice can be purchased for £1.99.
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TomTom GPS Data Team
The TomTom GPS Data Team does not offer much in terms of number of choices, but it does offer the voices for free direct downloads. Available celebrity voices you can download here include Arnold Swarzenegger, Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood, Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers, Star Wars characters, Homer Simpson and Anna Moran, among others.
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Tips and Tricks
Before purchasing celebrity voices, make sure that you are comfortable navigating with the kind of voice you are purchasing because a celebrity voice may be too distracting for you. Some of the websites listed above offer previews of the voices, so make use of those before you commit to purchasing.
Installing the downloaded celebrity voices TomTom GPS compatible is quite easy. You just have to connect the GPS device to your computer using the USB cord, copy the 3 downloaded files of the celebrity voice, which is the .chk file, the .vif file and the .bmp file. And paste them into the Voices folder of your TomTom GPS device. Restart your TomTom GPS device and you should be able to see the new celebrity voice after that.