Nefarious Garmin Plot?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Huntn, Mar 29, 2013.

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    Huntn

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    I have a Garmin GPS. Don't remember the exact model off hand, but it's a couple of years old. This is the second time I've noticed a message, that my map is 'over a year old, get update', and then my unit will not pick up a GPS signal. The first time, after I updated, it started working again. This time I have yet to update it. Fortunately my model included free updates, but it makes me wonder if this is a way for Garmin to get people to purchase new maps?? Just because my map is old, does not mean that my unit should not be able to pick up a GPS signal, should it?
     
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    Mousse

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    I've got a StreetPilot c320 with 2010 Map on it. I still picks up the satellites, but the map is completely off in some areas. After a year driving on streets that weren't on the map, I had to bite the bullet and get the map update. No free maps for me.:(

    I'll buy a new unit once I start driving on roads that ain't on the map once more.:p Of course, free lifetime map update will be a must.
     
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    Plutonius

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    On an older Garmin GPS, you can purchase a one time update for about $50 and a lifetime update for about $90. I went with the lifetime update although it might be more cost effective to get a new one for just a little more (the new ones come with a lifetime update).

    As far as getting a GPS lock, I found that it can take awhile getting a lock if the GPS is not turned on near the location where it was previously turned off. I also have had issues if I'm moving while it's attempting to get a lock (works best if I have a lock before moving).
     
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    wordoflife

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    I've got a Garmin GPS and it told me a few times that my maps are from 2008 (I guess you can tell its an old device) and that I should update it. Still working fine though, on the old maps.

    This is also the debate I'm having - on whether I should update or not. Right now Amazon has a 5" Garmin with Lifetime updates for $127. Might spend a little more, $40, on a new device versus buying a lifetime update pack - but I'd get a whole bunch of features that I don't have now. Mainly the 5" screen.
     
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    eternlgladiator

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    Why not just get a mount for your phone? Google turn by turn is fantastic. I sold my Garmin years ago partially because of the map issues. For what you spend on one update you can get a nice mount, extra cable and charger for your phone. It's an especially great idea if your car has Bluetooth capabilities.
     
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    ucfgrad93

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    It's not a plot...
     

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    TheAppleFairy

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    Got the Garmin and the TomTom app (full versions) for my iPhone. I prefer Garmin generally, so I added that app when it was released. Though I seem to like the TomTom better for iOS. Seems to be free updates often.

    It's the way to go, don't need a second device. I don't even use the built in Honda Navigation anymore, I was only suckered into updating the maps DVD once with them.
     
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    Huntn

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    My GPS started working again before I updated it so... Never mind. :eek: (unless it was the government or aliens.)
     
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    TheAppleFairy

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    Maybe the folks at Garmin are monitoring your forum activities and turned your GPS device back on.
     
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    ejb190

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    I have a Garmin GPS V for work. The maps are from about 2001. There are all kinds of mistakes in the maps - and no, the roads haven't changed. No easy way to update it, but I have never had it tell me the maps are out of date.
     
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    Plutonius

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    I would get your work to buy you a new GPS unit with lifetime maps. They are pretty cheap now.
     
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    Zombie Acorn

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    Google Navigation is the greatest. Just plug in my HTC One V and let that run - never had any issue. Free GPS. I could use some sort of mount for it though. I just toss it in my cup holder facing up.
     
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    eternlgladiator

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    I need a mount too but I can't find one that looks good.
     
  15. ejb190, Apr 7, 2013
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    ejb190

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    Yah, right. I work for a state government. You should have seen what I have to go through to get ink for my printer!
     
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    eternlgladiator

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    Jet ink sounds pretty spendy. You could try regular stuff haha :D
     
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    ejb190

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    Somehow that didn't come out right...
     
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    Huntn

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    I prefer a dedicated GPS unit. I've not tried it, but what happens when someone calls you while navigating with your GPS? I assume the screen switches to the phone. Of course you could always ignore the call.
     
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    eternlgladiator

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    If your phone is on the GPS then it acts like a GPS and tells you where to go when. If your phone is off or in another app then notifications pop up alerting you to turns so you don't miss them. It's very handy. Since I have Bluetooth in the car I can listen to music and the voiceover just comes over the music for approaching turns and what not. It works very well.
     

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