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posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (31 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
According to their "privacy policy" they say that they will collect all information about you that you provide to them for use in marketing, to inform you of products you might be interested in. For instance:
TomTom also uses Personal Information to contact you, always on an “opt-in” basis, via mail, via e-mail or phone to inform you of our (new) products and/or services and the products and services of our carefully selected partners, promotions we may offer, to submit a customer survey and any other marketing activity. TomTom is entitled to contract third parties to perform its direct marketing activities. TomTom may use your Personal Information to conduct market research, to improve our products and/or services, to provide more responsive customer service and to improve our Website, products and services.
In other words, this is mailing-list bait.
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 8:21 PM on December 21, 2006


Well. Hm. I made a British woman say things I always wanted a British woman to say to me. But for a greeting card, for others, well fuck that bird.
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 8:21 PM on December 21, 2006


goodnewsfortheinsane, goodnewsfortheinsane - it that the website?

goodnewsfortheinsane, goodnewsfortheinsane - I think we passed that IP address.

goodnewsfortheinsane, goodnewsfortheinsane - do you think we need to switch bandwidth?

If you need to get where you're going, you need pompomtom on MetaFilter - not TomTom, or goodnewsfortheinsane, goodnewsfortheinsane.

Heh, heh - couldn't resist. ; )
posted by Smart Dalek at 8:21 PM on December 21, 2006 [1 favorite]


The card sounds like Dapne from Fraiser. Hmmm.....

Or do all European women sound the same?
posted by niles at 8:37 PM on December 21, 2006


niles writes "The card sounds like Daphne from Frasier. Hmmm....."

Eponysterical! :)
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:39 PM on December 21, 2006


Or do all European women sound the same?

You think she sounds Italian? Or Swedish?

See Received Pronunciation, aka BBC English.

Anyway, I'm disappointed at the (lack of) word-to-word transitions -- this is hardly state-of-the-art.
posted by dhartung at 9:07 PM on December 21, 2006


Happy Holidays!
posted by trip and a half at 9:49 PM on December 21, 2006


If you give your gmail account, it will just add a negligible amount to the tons of spam gmail fails to filter.
posted by Cranberry at 10:48 PM on December 21, 2006


It's enough that I have to put up with their seriously irritating advert on TV lately.
posted by Joeforking at 11:18 PM on December 21, 2006


This has so many terrible possibilities.
posted by GavinR at 11:25 PM on December 21, 2006


note to everyone: your emails are visible in the url (in case you wanted to keep your personal email secret or hidden from spambots).
posted by Frankieist at 11:41 PM on December 21, 2006


You can try the talking feature on this page without signing over your first born.

Hmmm
posted by cillit bang at 12:09 AM on December 22, 2006


I thought about poo-pooing this post, but goddamn it, I had a fair bit of fun sending XMas greetings to friends in a female Britishian accent.
posted by barnacles at 12:38 AM on December 22, 2006


Welcome to TomTomBlue.
posted by disillusioned at 2:13 AM on December 22, 2006


The French voices sound a lot better than the English ones. For example.
posted by emelenjr at 2:27 AM on December 22, 2006


Are these the AT&T voices or the Cepstral voices? I know I've heard them before.
posted by emelenjr at 2:30 AM on December 22, 2006


Yep, the French voices are fun.
posted by punilux at 2:53 AM on December 22, 2006


trip and a half You have a message from Earth's Human Command: NO ROBOTIC RIGHTS!!!
posted by Science! at 4:45 AM on December 22, 2006


That last link lost me at the "turn right" command.
F*ck that. Too many uss clueless nuts there.
posted by nofundy at 5:53 AM on December 22, 2006


What I don't get though, apart from the email addy being visible in the url, is why they would be spamming you. When you're done creating your message, it asks you if you want to be added to their db; also, in the privacy policy SCDB quoted, they say it's opt-in.

So by default there should be no spamitude, right? Am I being naive?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:42 AM on December 22, 2006


Smart Dalek, I know that ad from Dutch TV and I didn't even recognise it at first, what with TomTom being Dutch originally I somehow assumed the ad was only aired in the Netherlands. Strange experience to read it in another language.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:48 AM on December 22, 2006


Bah.

I just made the Fronch lady sing Bell Jingle Rock to me, but then I screwed up the address or something.

She sings it all sexy. The German dude, less so, unless you're into yingles.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:09 AM on December 22, 2006


kilit bang you have no idea what a godsend this is on a slow friday workday before xmas. thank you.
posted by daHIFI at 8:21 AM on December 22, 2006


gnfti: If you have an email address, and they get it, you've opted in.
posted by swell at 9:40 AM on December 22, 2006


"We'll only send you spam if you opt-in" is rapidly taking its place as one of the "big lies", along with "of course I'll love you in the morning", "the check is in the mail", and "We're from the government and we're here to help you."
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 10:42 AM on December 22, 2006


best post ever
posted by bshort at 11:12 AM on December 22, 2006


I watch too much TV.
posted by deborah at 4:37 PM on December 22, 2006


Flashback.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:25 PM on December 22, 2006


emelenjr -- look at the bottom of the page.. it says the voices are done by Loquendo.. Personally, I like these voices on my TomTom.. And I find the Garmin text-to-speech kinda irritating and hard to understand.
posted by mhh5 at 11:26 PM on December 22, 2006


niles writes "The card sounds like Daphne from Frasier. Hmmm....."

Nah... Daphne has a *bad* Mancunian (Manchester) accent in Frasier - she speaks like the TomTom in real life. Confused? You will be after this episode of Soap Frasier.
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 4:39 AM on December 23, 2006


Oddly enough, the_very_hungry_caterpillar, she is supposed to be Mancunian, but sounds decidedly Yorkshire, no?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:40 AM on December 23, 2006


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