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b16kly

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Hopefully anyone thinking of buying a GPS Sat Nav will heed this warning. Manufacturers recommend the maps and points of interest need updating about once a year to reflect new roads, POIs and the like. Guess what, they charge you up to $130 to download the updates. Almost the price I paid for the unit. The solution? Buy yourself a brand new Sat Nav from someone else who offer an equally good system but, unlike Garmin or Tomtom, do not rip their customers off. Pricing policies like this lose large numbers of customers and can seriously damage a companies reputation.





syd

GPS: KNA-G430 Kenwood







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I think you will find that Map updates for any GPS unit are expensive, but you don't have to update Every year.

I think updating maps every two or three years and points of interest every month or two would be adaquate.
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johmazz2006

GPS: Garmin Nuvi 765, Garmin 3950LMT, Garmin 2455LMT, Navman40, Garmin StreetPilot 3







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Suggest that you check the price of map updates from other GPS manufacturers/suppliers. You will find that they all charge heaps for new maps and updates and like previous poster suggested, update the GPS every 2-3 years and get the latest maps and technology at the same time.
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vorak1980

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Yeah, I did some research on this and they are all similar in price. It's how they make their money unfortunately.

Arty
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djgreeny_68

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Here's another solution a lot of GPS manufactures are giving 3 year free maps and live traffic for new unit's:
http://www.gps-data-team.com/pda-gps-navigation/viewtopic.php?t=3952

It's cheaper then getting updates every year or two and you get a new GPS every three year's
Very Happy
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simonjodie

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My inlaws just went on a road trip with their 18month old Navman and found a LOT of Australian roads had changed in that time. They were a bit annoyed that it was going to cot $150 to get updated maps for what is now an "old" unit. hen noticed that the map update is on "sale" for $100 but that it is only 2009. Already these maps need updating, even for major highways eg Melbourne - Sydney and Sydney - Brisbane.
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simonjodie

GPS: htc fuze







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Forgot to say - Navman update is only one map. Have seen other gps updates that are valid for 3 years for the same price with very similar database. Suggets looking at these before purchasing a unit.
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simonjodie3

GPS: htc fuze







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Just saw another post where navman are supposedly offering 3 year updates for free with new units. Might be worth considering!
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bertsarg

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it costs a lot of dosh to make maps and most from other countries are bought in - still it is a bit of a rip off but what is the alternative?
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dgreen

GPS: Navman MY55T ; Navman S300T; Garmin 2360LT; Navman MY85XLT; Navman MY350LMT







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Unfortunately, today we live in a world of rapidly moving techology and sound commercial business dealings. We would all love to get technology and its results for the smallest outlay as possible. Sadly, we all live in 2010 and the reality of getting commercial products to market is not understood in its entirety.
GPS unit manufacturers do not do their own surveying for the creation of their maps etc. but purchase their mapping requirements etc. from companies like Tele-Atlas, Navteq etc. These companies in their own right have a huge investment in vehicles, equipment, personnel through many countries involved in surveying road systems etc for the generating of data that the GPS manufacturers purchase.
The GPS unit manufacturing companies then have to create mapping, download POI files etc. etc. and this all takes time and cost, which finally has to be recouped from the sales of updated maps etc.
In regards to the dating of maps etc, new subdivisions and roadworks are changing on a daily basis, and it is quite acceptable that any maps mapping / updates is 12 - 18 months old. It would be an impossible task, both in resources and cost to expect mapping to be on a shorter cycle. (Even your UBD's and Gregory's Directories and based on the same principals).
As one who has been using Navman products since 2004, I get frustrated at times with mapping issues etc. but quickly realise how difficult the same situation was before the advent if GPS units.
Cost wise, mapping prices have basically halved since my first unit in 2004 considering inflation etc.
If one is unhappy with accuracy of maps and costs, may I suggest you revert back to road maps and street directories and then you may realise that the use and cost of GPS units is more convenient, less stressful and more time saving.

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fatmanp

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Built in SatNav owners with car's that came with Nav, are screwed. They have no option other than paying most of the time $199.00 plus taxes.

And there never give out incentives on new maps, only older ones that they want to get rid off and even then you only get $25 off at most.
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johmazz2006

GPS: Garmin Nuvi 765, Garmin 3950LMT, Garmin 2455LMT, Navman40, Garmin StreetPilot 3







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fatmanp wrote:
Built in SatNav owners with car's that came with Nav, are screwed. They have no option other than paying most of the time $199.00 plus taxes.

And there never give out incentives on new maps, only older ones that they want to get rid off and even then you only get $25 off at most.


They cost a lot more in Australia. Definately getting screwed, so don't waste your money on an in dash SatNav unit.
Only good for a reversing camera use after 12 months. Laughing
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dmking

GPS: Zumo 660







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b16kly wrote:
Hopefully anyone thinking of buying a GPS Sat Nav will heed this warning. Manufacturers recommend the maps and points of interest need updating about once a year to reflect new roads, POIs and the like. Guess what, they charge you up to $130 to download the updates. Almost the price I paid for the unit. The solution? Buy yourself a brand new Sat Nav from someone else who offer an equally good system but, unlike Garmin or Tomtom, do not rip their customers off. Pricing policies like this lose large numbers of customers and can seriously damage a companies reputation.


These days Garmin offer a lifetime map updates for what I consider a reasonable price and also generally offer a free update when you purchase a unit so that the maps are right up to date when you buy it. Navman do similarly as I believe.
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jeffreies

GPS: Navi 1490T







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That s fine for all us guys who has 24/7 free life time map update BUT when it comes too us chaps that also run inbuilt sat nav for the family car which I have just not long up dated to ver 18 for the Honda I just paid $340.00 DVD for Australia and we don't even get the chance to have camera pio on the DVD software ..now that is unfair
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johmazz2006

GPS: Garmin Nuvi 765, Garmin 3950LMT, Garmin 2455LMT, Navman40, Garmin StreetPilot 3







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As suggested previously, why waste money on incar GPS units when the updates are extremely costly compared to Lifetime updates for Garmin etc, and, they can be used in any vehicle you happen to drive. Even renters when away from home..
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