I know that Free MSN is an oxymoron but, I swear, I got SOMETHING for free from the ether-waves! I have a nuvi 750 with an MSN Direct receiver thingy that I bought on eBay. When I received the nuvi, I checked the MSN Direct website to see if there was any time left on the MSN subscription but the site said that the subscription had expired. No big deal, it was not part of the eBay listing anyway.
Last Tuesday (01-27-09) early in the AM, I drove home from work with the GPS plugged into the MSN receiver in my car. This was the day that the Great White Death was getting ready to come blasting through the Midwestern US dropping freezing rain and snow. The talking TV weatherheads had a field day for three days straight.
But I digress. During the drive home, I was playing with the unit by having it plot my way home. Boy, I could have used THAT feature a lot more when I was 21!! Nothing unusual appeared on the screen that I noticed. After I got home, I connected the nuvi to my computer and ran a simulation of a new trip. A strange thing appeared on-screen while the simulation was running. A symbol like three parallel lightning bolts appeared at the right side of the screen about midway up from the bottom. When I touched the symbol, a list of winter storm watch locations appeared!!! They were all centered around my city (Cincinnati). Where did this info come from??? Could the generous brains of Microsoft (another oxymoron) have decided to program free emergency weather broadcasts into their otherwise expensive traffic transmissions or was this some kind of Area 51 space transmission? Today (01-29-08), the lightning bolt symbol is gone (and the winter storm warnings are over).
Inquiring minds want to know!!
Could the generous brains of Microsoft (another oxymoron) have decided to program free emergency weather broadcasts into their otherwise expensive traffic transmissions or was this some kind of Area 51 space transmission?
Bob, you should check out your Settings/MSN Direct option in the Nuvi menu. In addition to traffic info, MSN Direct broadcasts weather alerts, stock prices, gas station prices, local event information and local movie theatre info. This is usually the main reason people might choose MSN Traffic over the TTN traffic receivers. You might want to look at the Microsoft Live Maps site as well. You can wirelessly send locations from the web site to your GPS Favorites.
I thought that I had read some place, maybe on this great site, that even if your subscription to MSN had expired, you would still receive the weather alerts. Can someone verify this for me?
nuvi 680, iFinder H2o
I think it is true. When I got my MSN receiver, I connected it to my Garmin without activating it. I started getting weather alerts without activation. So, I would say yes. You can get weather alerts without subscription.
I did not renew my MSN last fall, I continue to recieve weather alerts.
Thanks to all. Now I know I wasn't hallucinating when I saw the tiny lightning bolts. Free weather warnings from MSN - whoda thunk!
Weather Alerts are a nice feature for MSN Direct. Although the Gas prices, could be more updated.
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