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After Garmin announced its brand new Windows Phone 8 Navigon GPS app would be on sale until Dec 3, 2012, a date we noted would see many potential new WinPhone 8 owners miss out, Navigon has extended its money-saving special offer until the 6th of January, 2013.

When Garmin announced its well-known Navigon GPS app was coming to the Windows Phone 8 platform, we were very happy to see it.

After all, with Navigon claiming over 1 million activations on Samsung’s Galaxy handsets running Android alone, the company has clearly grown a base of happy, active users in Australia.

Garmin had previously announced, as we covered at the time on the 23rd of November of November, that its Navigon GPS app would be on sale for AUD $49.99, down from AUD $62.49, until the third of December.

In that article, we stated that: “This is good news for potential Garmin customers ready to buy, but if you’re waiting for one of the Windows Phone 8 handsets that might not actually arrive in retail stores until after the sale period ends, it’s no so helpful.

“Nokia Lumia handsets should be available in the timeframe, but from memory the HTC 8X and 8C along with Samsung’s Ativ Windows Phone 8 handset might not get there in time.”

That’s because devices such as the HTC 8X on Telstra aren’t even going on sale until tomorrow at their online store, with Samsung’s Ativ S smartphone still to hit retail as well.

So, it was great to get a phone call from Garmin’s Australian PR company, telling us that “the promotional period for NAVIGON’s Windows 8 app has been extended until January 6th. Garmin has extended the promotional period to ensure that as many new Windows 8 users as possible can take advantage of this great offer.”

We cheekily asked whether our article had any impact on Garmin’s decision, but we got an answer that more or less stated the same as the statement above.

Whatever the catalyst for Garmin’s decision, it’s certainly a good one for its potential WinPhone 8 customers who will finally be able to get their hands on WinPhone 8 models this month, be it from Nokia, HTC or Samsung.

Garmin has also offered a discount of its “Traffic Live in-app purchase update” which will cost AUD $16.99, now until the 6th of January, 2013, and thereafter priced at AUD $24.99.

It’s the same story for the other plug-in: FreshMaps XL will cost AUD $24.99 until the 6th of Jan, and thereafter, $39.49.

So… if you want Navigon on your shiny new Windows Phone 8 handset, now’s the time to get it!

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.

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