I know MSN Direct require subscription but is real-time traffic free?
You get the traffic information through MSN Direct.
I was going to go the route of getting traffic updates, but found out from other metro Atlanta Garmin users that it wasn't really worth it. We simply have too much traffic for too many hours for it to matter. Several of our Interstates are fairly bad options 24/7, except for maybe the overnight hours.
Depending on where you live and/or travel, consider finding out from some locals (or search on here) for specific info on the quality.
Real Time Traffic (RTT) is a fee based system, I got a lifetime subscription with my GPSr. Wouldn't think of making a trip without it. even going across town, it give me a heads up of construction on most roads not just intestates.
The subscription is tied to the RTT antenna or the gps? How much is a life time subscription?
The UK version of the Nüvi 760T comes with a free, lifetime subscription to Traffic information.
I have the 350 with the external FM traffic receiver. The subscription is tied to the receiver/antenna. It has it's own serial number and software updates.
I got just the one year with 3 months free. I have been very pleased, the traffic updates have saved me alot of time.
Thanks for the info...
Just curious. What does the Traffic Info do? I'm thinking of upgrading from a Nuvi 350 to a Nuvi 760 which comes with 3 months free - just wondering what it does (just let you know if there's construction or something, similar to the TripTiks you get from AAA)???
Just curious. What does the Traffic Info do?
Whether using MSN or TMC "real" time is not always "current" time.
Info has to be reported to a reporting center, then transmitted so our receivers can pick it up. No "real" time traffic service will be 100% "current" all the time.
If one keeps this in mind the less frustration you'll encounter when you happen upon a traffic tie up and received no warning, or vice versa.
I've been using TMC for over 1.5 yrs and overall am satisfied.
the subscription is tied to the GPS, although the receiver is in the power cord along with the RTT antenna! I bought Lifetime traffic on ebay for 41.00 and they delivered the activation code via email for free.
I am also very satisfied by traffic from Clear Channel. The Clear Channel hub here in Cleveland does a pretty good job over all. Since they use a FM Sideband and all the radio stations here in town are owned Clear Channel, the info is put out and removed fairly quickly.
Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network And Inrix, Inc Reach Agreement To Integrate Traffic Data. Combined data promises the highest quality real-time, predictive and forecast traffic services for the booming traffic data industry.
For those that want more info:
For those that don't know the cities with RTT is is a listing:
Real-Time Traffic City Listing --
* Albany, NY
* Albuquerque, NM
* Atlanta, GA
* Austin, TX
* Baltimore, MD
* Baton Rouge, LA
* Birmingham, AL
* Boston, MA
* Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC
* Chicago, IL
* Cincinnati, OH
* Cleveland, OH
* Colorado Springs, CO
* Columbia, SC
* Columbus, OH
* Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
* Denver-Boulder, CO
* Des Moines, IA
* Detroit, MI
* Ft. Meyers, FL
* Ft. Pierce, FL
* Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, NC
* Greenville, SC
* Harrisburg, PA
* Hartford-New Britain-Middletown, CT
* Houston-Galveston, TX
* Huntsville, AL
* Indianapolis, IN
* Jacksonville, FL
* Kansas City, MO
* Las Vegas, NV
* Lexington, KY
* Los Angeles, CA
* Louisville, KY
* Manchester, NH
* Madison, WI
* Memphis, TN
* Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood, FL
* Middlesex-Somerset-Union, NJ
* Milwaukee-Racine, WI
* Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
* Nashville, TN
* Nassau-Suffolk, NY
* New Orleans, LA
* New York, NY
* Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA
* Omaha, NE
* Orlando, FL
* Philadelphia, PA
* Phoenix, AZ
* Pittsburgh, PA
* Portland, OR
* Providence-Warwick-Pawtucket, RI
* Raleigh-Durham, NC
* Richmond, VA
* Riverside-San Bernardino, CA
* Rochester, NY
* Sacramento, CA
* Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, UT
* San Antonio, TX
* San Diego, CA
* San Francisco, CA
* San Jose, CA
* Sarasota, FL
* Seattle-Tacoma, WA
* Springfield, MA
* St. Louis, MO
* Syracuse, NY
* Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL
* Toledo, OH
* Tucson, AZ
* Tulsa, OK
* Washington, DC
* West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL
* Worcester, MA
* Toronto, ON
* Montreal, QC
* Ottawa, ON
And they are still building the network.
May have to try this.
going from vegas to san diego didnt show me any traffic but somehow i was stuck in it >.>
Just curious, how did you get a LIFETIME subscription?
You can get the lifetime subscription through msn direct, I believe its $125. Not a bad deal considering everything you get with it. I have the Garmin 680 and it gives me traffic, gas prices and movie times. My previous C550 had much more traffic info and was more up to date.
I have been through Atlanta at 3 am and traffic was very bad. I have been to Atlanta quite a few times and no matter what time of day, it's always rush hour.
It is free-for-life now with the 7x5 series. I just got my 755 and it comes with free FM traffic. The free service is ad based, but you only see the small dialog box style ads when your car is stopped.
I am also very satisfied by traffic from Clear Channel.
This army veteran would not feel comfortable with Clear Channel unless the Dixie Chicks told me it was now OK to use that service.
Does that price include the cord/antenna, or is that an extra expense?
If that kind of thing is important to you, then go for it. There is another word that goes in front of xxxx whipped just cant think of it at the moment.
Be comfortable cutting off your nose, to spite your face.
It seems that rush hour type slow traffic has become the norm in Atlanta. So unless the interstate is actually stopped, they may not report it.
Just got 265wt with free lifetime traffic, works great. Comes with a GTM 25 power/receiver cord, updates every second or two, lots of info. Basically this on your nuvi...
Since TMC traffic is based on local FM signals, you can drive out of range of the FM TMC signal just as you can drive out of range of the FM radio signal in your car, and the range of the TMC is not as far as the regular FM band so it happens quicker.
As you drove in and out of the signal areas, you would lose data because without a signal, your device cannot recieve data. It is not one continuous blanket of signal across the US.
I prefer the local signal because it takes less time for just local data to refresh on the device as opposed to XM data which has to update the entire country every time.
Caution, I had that too but if you update the firmware for your unit you'll lose the subscription. I had free RTT for over than a year and updating my C340 it did cancel it. My radio receiver is external and still it happened ...
No necessarily. I updated my Nuvi 765 and still have my traffic. You need to check with Garmin to find out if it affects your peticular model
For sure, the one thing Atlanta has is too many autos for the number of roads. And has anyone noticed that Atlanta drivers believe they are alone on the road when they drive?
I have a nuvi 255W and if i bought the gtm 25 traffic reciever i automatically get free traffic updates or do i have to register that reciever with garmin and pay a fee for that option?
Plug the reciever into the car.You should get a traffic icon on top left of screen if in the receiving area.To view traffic subscription tools,settings and traffic.No cost but is supported with adds.Go to page 29 of owners manual http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/2675_OwnersManual.pdf to review all info on how to use.
Got the free subscription with 265t. I have updated many times and still have the traffic. Been thinking of getting the other connector to get the other traffic subscription for the gas prices, weather, and a few of the other goodies. Just have not done the research to see if I would have it in my area or only in certain cities.
Whats the name of this other connector? If there is a connector that can recieve traffic and weather and gas price updates, maybe ill get that instead of the gmt 25 connector if its free.
Traffic is only "free" if the traffic receiver is bundled with the unit at the time of purchase. If you buy a receiver from Garmin or one of their authorized distributors then it's a paid subscription.
¹Lifetime traffic extends for the useful life of your Garmin traffic receiver (as long as you own a compatible Garmin GPS) or as long as Garmin receives traffic data from its traffic supplier.
Ive seen several gtm 25 connectors on ebay for sale and a few say get free lifetime traffic updates when buying this connector. So this should be true just like you stated in your last post then.
That is the way I read it.According to spec's on 255 it is fm compatible see https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134&pID=13431#specsT... other posts of other users trying fm cable on other units and it worked.
Buying a receiver from an E-Bay reseller is no indication that what you will get is a receiver with a paid subscription. Someone is or could be selling the receiver that was bundled with a unit purchase, so it would display the ads.
Here is the cable you purchase from Garmin.No where does it state you have to pay a fee.It is ad supported. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=203&pID=14994
Garmin is selling that for 120 bucks and i can get it cheaper for at least 60 on ebay so thats not much of a decision there.
Always read the deatails of the ad, check Garmin's site and then check the traffic provider then assume someone will get you for $$ somehow!
I have both the free service and I bought an MSN receiver also. I love the features of the MSN traffic receiver (gas prices, especially), just wondering if the free stuff from Garmin will every incorporate any of that?
How much was the MSN traffic reciever?
How much was the MSN traffic reciever?
I can't remember exactly, but I think I paid just under $100 for mine.
msn direct will ony be available through the end of 2011. I was wondering when the HD traffic service will become available in US market. It seems more accurate than the current real-time traffic.
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