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How often do you update your GPS?

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I just finished downloading an update to my Garmin GPS purchased last December. It was $70.

I wasn't surprised an update was needed, but I thought $70 was awfully high for a download.

Since the GPS was only $150 or so new, I guess this means a GPS will become another throw-away device every two years to keep up with the technology.
 

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I just finished downloading an update to my Garmin GPS purchased last December. It was $70.

I wasn't surprised an update was needed, but I thought $70 was awfully high for a download.

Since the GPS was only $150 or so new, I guess this means a GPS will become another throw-away device every two years to keep up with the technology.
Does your cell phone have the option to add GPS mapping to it? Maybe that's something to consider when it's time for a new update - pay the monthly fee on your cell phone rather than a steep one-time, need to do it again later, fee?
 

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Wow, when we updated the GPS in our Camry it was closer to $200 (if I remember correctly).
 

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I am not sure why you would want to or need to update a gps unit that is less than a year old.

I may be wrong, but the info couldn't have significantly changed enough for me to pay $70, especially on a $150 unit.:confused:
 

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Our GPS was purchased about 14 months ago and we have been getting this message everytime we use it that it needs updating. We just ignore it. How much updating could a unit that new require. We always have our maps handy so if the GPS goes awry we can go back to our old way...maps.
 

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We aksed the same question to a friend of ours that travels a lot and has a GPS. She said she finds updating EOY works well for her and that's what I plan on doing. At $70/update, it's not worth updating yearly. While I'm certain there are some street/highway changes, I don't think there will be so many as to affect our travels by the cost of $70.
 

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I have a Garmin Nuvi 240. I decided to bite the bullet and spend the $70 for the update after the GPS managed to get us lost a couple of times from what should have been a simple route. The last time, it routed us 20 miles away from a play in St Petersburg, FL. We just made it, after unplugging the unit and getting out the map. I've also been routed to a trail court when looking for a bike repair shop, etc.

I kinda like the idea of scrapping this and using my Blackberry if it's cost effective, although I like the touch screen, etc. of the Garmin.
 

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When I purchased my new Garmin in June, I noticed it didn't have the info for the area around Marriott's Ocean Watch. So I updated it pretty quickly after buying it. The update was free. I guess because it was within some period after buying.

One thing that Garmin offers is the ability to view the new map online. I did that before downloading the huge file. The new maps did have the entire area around Ocean Watch.

As Luanne mentiond, GPS updates for built-ins are much more expensive. I was recently looking at a few cars for purchase. I was checking out the GPS and between the two cars, the GPS updates are $280 or $350. I'll skip built-in.
 

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Garmin GPS update

I just updated one of our Garmin units after one year of useage. I purchased four of the same units, giving two units to married children. I planned on using the update on all four devices. After purchase I discovered the update only works on one GPS. Garmin also wants another $50 for the traffic update. I didn't bother renewing the traffic. I didn't notice any difference between the 2007 and 2008 maps. I'll wait a see what new features the new models have before I update again.
 

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Mine came out of the box with pretty outdated maps. I was playing with it and decided to let it take me back to work one day. It got totally confused by the new exit configuration that was more than a year old. I guess I should see if I can get one update for free.

Sheila
 

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I think Garmin only updates their maps EOY. You can plug in your serial number on their website (mygarmin.com) and it will tell you if you have the latest version. I got a coupon book in the mail from Circuit City that said 25% map updates, so I started looking around. CC price is $79.99 (before coupon), Garmin website is $69.99, and costco.com is $54.99. I think next time I am at Costco I will see if they sell them in the store.
 

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Mine came out of the box with pretty outdated maps. I was playing with it and decided to let it take me back to work one day. It got totally confused by the new exit configuration that was more than a year old. I guess I should see if I can get one update for free.

Sheila
As I recall, when I received my Garmin for Christmas I got a message the maps were outdated and the update was free. I assumed later updates would also be free. i suppose, that was a dumb assumption.

GPS prices continue to drop and the new units have more bells & whistles. I'm wondering why they haven't combined a GPS with a radar detector?

So, before I update again I'm going to find out more about the newer devices.

Incidently, Garmin purchases the map updates from someone else, and explained that as the reason for the high costs (royalties).
 
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