How To : Add Phone Numbers To TomTom OV2 POIs

By David in How To. November 30, 2008

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Create Your Own Points of Interest using POIEditor
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Install POIs to TomTom
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A few people have asked how to add phone numbers to Tomtom POIs with POI Editor. POI phone numbers can be dialled directly by Bluetooth enabled TomToms so can be a useful addition. There's no phone number field on the POIEditor site but that doesn't mean we can't add telephone numbers really easily.

All we need to do is add a ">" (without quotes) after the POI description in the name field followed by the phone number. (e.g. "My House >555 555 555") You may need to add the + and the country code depending on your number, if in doubt experiment a little.

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Tomtom Phone
I get a noise like an echo sounding device when i recieve a call on my tom tom via 135
Posted by DerekMarch 28, 2013
Poi Bmps
Ok, now I found a website that says the TomTOm GOs bmps have to be 24 colors. Whatever number of colors they have to be, you can do that in Paint. When you hit Save As, look beneath where you input the filename, and change the number of colors to what you think the right number is.
Posted by RichardJanuary 8, 2012
Tomtom 300 Poi Icons
There can be 4 files, one OV2 (the POI coordinates & name), the 22x22 Bitmap Icon (some say 16 colors, others 256, so I am not sure), and another ICON bmp that is 44x44 with _X2 at the end of the filename, and a sound file. All have to have the same name exactly (with the exception of the 44x44 which has the three extra characters at the end). I believe the sound file has to be an OGG file, check elsewhere to confirm, also the number of colors 16 or 256. I am not sure if there are any spaces allowed in the filenames. Dashes and undelines will help here.
You can turn on/off whether to display them or whether to use a particular warning when you are near one of the POIs if you have the proper files. of course you can search for them along the route and a host of other choices.
Posted by RichardJanuary 8, 2012
So Easy ! ! !
For making input of multiple co-ordinates so easy that any noob can do it in a few mins
Thnx Again
Posted by BitofaboganAugust 17, 2011
Pois Details
Does anyone know how to add details (same description) for pois on navigation??
Posted by DavidMarch 2, 2011
Thank You For Your Help
Many Thanks for your help and support, with this great website. Have now downloaded viewing sites for Scotland's Dark Sky Park on TomTom.
Posted by GallowaynightskyOctober 31, 2010
Use Paint And Resize It.
I own a tomtom one and my map is updated quarterly, connected to my PC at home. I have all sorts of non-standard POIs and created bitmap files using MS Paint, which comes with MS Windows OS. Older TomTOm uses 22x22 with 256 colours or less. Newer ones use 44x44.
Posted by SimonOctober 26, 2010
Poi Icons
save the pic name as a .bmp. Add it to the tomtom just as you did the .ov2 file. (I named mine the same to save on confusion.)
Posted by UnknownJune 22, 2010
Photoshop Alternative is a good free image editor.
Posted by SomeguyMay 16, 2009
256 Cols And Resizing
Photoshop will do this. Just click Image / Mode to convert to 8bit (256 cols) and then Image / Resize. You'll probably also need to save as BMP

There are hundreds of other image editors around that will do the same thing.
Posted by DavidNovember 18, 2008
How Do I Change The Size To 22 X 22 And Change Coulour To 256?
What program do i use to? and how
Posted by JoeNovember 9, 2008
Re:poi Icons
Newer Tomtom's will use 44x44 sized images. Give these larger icons the extension _X2.bmp (e.g. Speedcams_X2.bmp)
Posted by HarryJuly 7, 2008
Poi Icons
Tomtom's icons are just bitmap files (.bmp) they have to be 22 x 22 with 256 colours or less. Give the bmp the same filename as the ov2 (e.g. Speedcams.ov2 and Speedcams.bmp) and they'll show up.
Posted by DaveJuly 7, 2008
Nice One!
Thanks for this guide on how to load POI to TomTom!
Posted by Dennis27July 6, 2008
Poi Icons
Does anyone know how to add the icons for POIs on a TomTom?
Posted by GpsnutterJuly 6, 2008
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