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phantom42 wrote:To those asking whether map updates are necessary - for the most part, no. It just depends on what you're using the GPS for.
The map updates *mostly* include new POIs and updated business listings. So, for delivery drivers (or any other instance you already have the address), the GPS will find the address just fine without updates.
If, however, you need to rely on being able to punch in the name of the restaurant you want to go to, you may need the updates. Obviously, if the restaurant is newer than your last map update, it won't even be in the system.
Similarly, if there has been major road construction recently, directions may be outdated and you may benefit from an updated map pack.
Some very good points here.
I would also like to point out that if you're on the road, and the hotel (like the previous restaurant example) is newer than the last update, then it won't appear... I ran into issues with my old Navigon N100 pocket loox that I got from woot back in 2008, had 2007 maps in it... It didn't have the Disney resort my husband and I were heading to last year (note: I was using three year-old maps), or even the road that it was on. (That was the point where I realized I needed to update my maps... or maybe even get a new gps)
I am slightly slapdash and I have USB and Nike+ addictions. =(|) woot monkeys rock. \m/(>.<)\m/
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TomWendell wrote:My previous Garmin C550 was also a refirb and the website denied me the map update. All I had to do was call Garmin customer support and describe my situation and they sent me the map update for free. Garmin has great customer support and will take care of you if you purchase one of their units.
Awesome! Thanks for the info! I have a refurb that was bought for me unknowingly so that solves that problem. I am in an area with frequent new construction so many streets don't exist on my outdated maps. I love the lane assist and had I not just gotten this one would be in for this just for the voice activation. Lane assist is a definite must for those crazy intersections were the gps tells you the "name" of the road. The name no one knows except the gps. Everyone else, including the DOT and the signs go by the number orthe unofficial name until you are just past the point of no return. Lane assist is your best friend in those situations.
forever fighting the urge to buy something just because it is cheap and cool...wait, it's cheap and cool, let me click that big yellow button!
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EBrossette wrote:Wow I am glad I bought Garmin products as they clearly are a company that believes in allowing people to think for themselves rather than allowing the goverment to dictate to others. I guess they must also believe in the free market system.
Remember, this isn't healthcare the government isn't forcing you to buy a GPS.
My face is so deep in my palm I can see bone marrow. Way to miss the point.
It's been 20 years, I am going to copy that floppy.