TomTom has teamed up with mobile operator 3 to offer the exclusive launch of its satellite navigation system on Nokia's E61 smartphone.

The Nokia E61 handset, which features a large screen for easy viewing of maps and directions, will come with TomTom Navigator 6.

The software will allow users to see maps of UK and Europe for both driving and pedestrian routes.

Users will also be able to navigate to contacts stored in their phones and TomTom promise that users will also be able to use both the GPS software and the phone at the same time.

3 customers can also get access to real time updates delivered direct to their mobile handsets including traffic, speed camera and weather alerts. TomTom will be offering 3 customers purchasing the E61 with TomTom three months free subscription to traffic alerts, to ensure they can avoid unnecessary delays.

The Nokia E61 with TomTom package on 3 includes all of the following from just £99 on selected price plans and includes the handset, the TomTom software, a Nokia GPS receiver and in-car charger.

In related news, TomTom has also announced that, together with Vodafone, it has developed what it's calling the world's most advanced travel time information system. At the moment TomTom is planning to roll out the technology only in the Netherlands.

Unlike RDS TMC systems, this travel time information service will cover all major roads, not just the motorways, and it will contain door to door travel time information. It can also calculate the total travel time for various alternatives, and work out the fastest route, even in congested areas.