New Tom Tom Or Garmin Free Maps

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  1. rosalan

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    I notice that most of the latest Garmin and Tom Toms come with free lifetime updates of Western Europe and the asking price can be as low as £70, yet if I want updates I must pay for them, even though I paid far more than the current models cost. Is it not time to offer free updates for all or are they still making a lot of money out of selling updates? In my case, the cost of updates can be close to the price of a new machine.
     
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    what you suggest makes sense to consumers, but what company will stop taking your money?
     
  3. REKERLY

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    Yes, yes. Agree with your post. It has been getting to me every time I update my T T. This is my 3rd unit and have always paid for updates on all of them including traffic info. Each unit has also been best At the time so T T have had plenty of my cash.
    Keep on hoping for your wish but I suspect it will be another new unit.
    Hope they sort out the POI issue.
     
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    MikeandCarolyn Read Only Funster

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    3 yrs ago,on our way to Dover,prior to a 3 mth trip in France and Spain, our Mio packed up ! we went into Dover and bought a Garmin with lifetime updates at Halfords-it's still going strong and the best we've had.
     
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    Flamenca Funster Life Member

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    I am still getting 'free' updates for my 3 year old Garmin but have noted that the updates are not offerred too often.
     
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    Hi all,
    Does anyone know where I can buy the updates? Specifically any deals. I have a zumo 660 this is a motorcycle specific Garmin that cost over £300 4 years ago so do not really want to buy another.

    Thanks Glenn
     
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    You need to download Garmin Express and the updates will be offered to you

    Cheers
     
  8. MikeandCarolyn

    MikeandCarolyn Read Only Funster

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    I don't recall them being offered-I connect to Garmin just before a trip and check to see whats available.Sometimes it's just a firmware update,often it's a map update.
     
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    Does any body know if you can download a truck nav on Tom Tom cos now I`ve bought a Fleetwood
    it`s a bit wider than my Transit and I worry about gettin stuck:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    They are being 'offered' to you in the sense that you can decline them:rolleyes:
     
  11. Jean-luc

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    I got a TT Start 25 a few years ago but after the first year free updates ran out I left it go out of date for over a year. Last September I decided to buy an update package and was offered the choice of a Europe 45 update in either standard for or camper form.
    IIFC the standard was about €60 and the Camper was about €90 so I went for the Camper.
    I now have a camper satnav for a lot less than the cost of a new one off the shelf, it also came with the MHF and NKC Aires and ACSI sites installed
     
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    As opposed to a message in my mailbox saying they are available. It's a sort of 'If you don't go looking-you won't know' thing.
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    My Garmin 2547 was under £100 and has free lifetime mapping. Importantly it also allows you to download 3rd party POI...not all cheap ones do!
     
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    Hi Rekerly

    Just to advise that Tomtom enabled the ability to load 3rd Party POI files onto the Go series units in their last update at the end of April.

    You cannot at the moment create a new category or add a new POI to an existing category on the unit itself. The POI files are listed in My Places and if you select one the unit lists the nearest 60 POI places. You can Search the POI folder by typing in the POI name or by the name of a Village or Town. At the moment you cannot load a .bmp file so that a POI place has a recognisable icon on the map but I think that is likely to be available in a future update.

    Regarding maps and updates. Tomtom have introduced new models and these have free World Maps with lifetime and Traffic updates. Please note the Traffic facility is only available for the region, ie Europe, you bought the unit in. These new units are the same price as their previous similar units were.

    Doug
     
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    Got the dezl 540 that came with lifetime updates....which means updates are offered 4 times each year...that was my understanding... still have to log into the gamin site and check if they have made updates available...
    There are sometimes software updates available to download so it's worth creating an account ie register the device and look in every once in a while...
    Ta andy
    P's the map updates can take a long time to install so give yourself plenty of time .think it was an hour or more...
     
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    Not really understanding this post as I have a Garmin Nuvi 660t quite a few years now paid for lifetime updates when I bought it and never had any problems updating 4 times a year, have (yesterday) just done the latest European update using Garmin Express, which is an excellent program, tells you how much space left on the memory etc etc.

    Money well spent for us.
     
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  17. rosalan

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    My TomTom Go750 is around 3 tears old now and I paid over £150 for it. Not that expensive I agree and that was on special offer at the time. Shortly afterwards for the same price or less, a lifetimes map upgrades was offered. Today I could buy a 7" Garmin with lifetime upgrades for £70, yet I must still go on shelling out each year more money, for the same upgrades on my ageing machine while they are giving away the same upgrades free, to cheaper units.
     
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    I have a garmin nuvi with lifetime updates but would not buy another garmin, for some reason it does not like cornwall and does not seem to know left from right sometimes
     
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  20. robnchris

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    How strange your Garmin struggles in Cornwall, Chris my wife comes from Falmouth so we spend a lot of time down there and have found quite reliable even in the most remote areas.
     
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