Update off TOMTOM gps maps

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 15:29
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Got an email from TOMTOM inviting me to update my GPS with new maps series 8

My GPS has series 7

Cost $ 80

has anyone done this

seems like a good idea , but should it be done every year

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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 15:34

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 15:34
I deleted that email

Tom Tom is OK for cities and if you do a lot of driving there but on the whole it is pretty ordinary and in my opinion not all that flash. They sell the basic package to you and then try to get you to spend more money with them
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Follow Up By: Ron173 - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 16:05

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 16:05
Agree, one of reasons I moved to Garmin Nuvi, also tom tom wont go off road.

Good for city and traffic tho if thats your habitat.

Ron
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Reply By: Notso - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 15:41

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 15:41
If you are finding that you old maps are missing newer streets you may find some updates in the new maps.

Don't expect them to be right up to date thpough as there is always a lag.
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Reply By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 17:21

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 17:21
Rod
Unfortunately any GPS navigator is only as good as the software it is running. TomTom generally update their software about every 18 months. But I am aware that they now have a system whereby you can pay ongoing fees and update much more often. It all depends on how much and where you rely on it, whether you really get any benefit out of the updates. When I bought mine a few years ago it didn't know about the M7 Orbital around Western Sydney when it opened. That was a pain because it kept on telling me to go over the Harbour Bridge when I was heading South from Newcastle. Country roads don't change a lot - and I admit that occasionally TomTom mapping is not perfect on existing country roads. - But given the constant changes and additions in outer suburbs of the big cities, if that is where you are going to use it, the updates are a necessity. Major changes in Highways, such as the Hume Highway around Albury can also be a worry if you don't have the latest maps.
I hope this helps.

teege
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Follow Up By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 17:38

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 17:38
Rod
I forgot to say:
The $80 you have been quoted is half price!!! They have a special deal at the moment which expires shortly.

teege
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Thoughtfully- Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 22:08

Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 22:08
Rod, I have a Garmin and update the maps every three years or so, things dont change that much that you need to spend $80 a year.

YMMV but thats my approach.
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