Am going to pick up a Garmin and deciding between the 255W or the 265WT. Only real difference i can see is that the 265WT offers built in reciever with lifetime traffic.
The price difference is only $20...however don't quite know how it works or if the reciever is built in or you need to run another cable?
Can anyone tell me how the service performs? Is it really cost free lifetime out of the box...is it worth the fee?
I assume you can turn the feature off if not wanted.
Please tell me how easy it is to use and whether it is worth it.
Appreciate your comments. Once I learn about this traffic feature I can make an informed decision on which model of Garmin is right for my needs.
I have a 755T with the Lifetime traffic.It has worked rather well for me. The only draw back is the number of cities that actually have service. There are adds that pop up, to recover cost I am sure. I do not find them annoying. Not sure if you can 100% turn it off but you can decide if you want to use Traffic as an avoidance.
A month or so ago when driving from Willmar Mn thru the cities to Green Bay WI it rerouted me around the traffic. As I approached the cities there where notices of a severe accident ahead and to take an alternate route.
I also have found this service useful. One drawback, I experienced in a recent trip from Florida north was the lack of coverage through several states. For an extra $20; go for it.
On the newer units such as the 2x5T and 7x5T, you can indeed turn off/disable the traffic function of the unit. Doing so also disables the ads...no traffic function = no ads for traffic function.
If you like the traffic function but do not want the ads that are involved with the free traffic subscription that's included, you can purchase an ad-free subscription that you can apply to the traffic unit.
Navteq Lifetime ($49.99) or Clear Channel Lifetime ($60.00) ad-free subscriptions are available. See:
Is the FM reciever built into the unit (ie: no additional cables)?
Do you tune to a specific channel to work? Or can i listen to my satalite radio and this thing picks up the radio frequency via it's own built in antanae? Now that i think of it, the FM reciever must be built into the unit itself.
Sounds like a good feature if you travel for a living, i'll have to have a look in the store to confirm however that it can be turned off just in case i don't wish to use the feature frequently.
The fm traffic receiver is built into the power card so no extra cables to run.The Fm traffic does come in handy if you are in a coverage area.Like one poster stated coming back from FL he lost service.I found the same thing coming down I95.Lost coverage in Georgia South Carolina and picked it up somewhere in North Carolina.In the Florida area it worked great and around here in Virginia it has been doing a good job.The ads are so small you will not even notice them.
For the extra $20, I'd go with the FM traffic updates. Since it is received by the power cord, it can be transfered to another unit, provided the other unit uses the same cord. If I'm not mistaken, there are two different cords available for Garmin units with the FM traffic updates.
If I'm not mistaken, there are two different cords available for Garmin units with the FM traffic updates.
1. The GTM 20 is for units that are mounted via an integrated cradle. The GTM 20 cable is plugged into the integrated cradle and all electrical connections between the GPS and the cradle are made by a 25-pin interface on both the GPS and the cradle. Some of the units which use the GTM 20 are the nuvi 7x0/7x5/8x0/8x5 series units.
GTM 20 page: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=403
2. The GTM 25 is for units that are mounted via a standard cradle(non-integrated/no electrical connections within it). The GTM 25 plugs directly into the GPS's mini-USB connector. Some of the units which use the GTM 25 are the 2x5 series along with the new 1xxx series units.
GTM 25 page: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=14994
Good news and bad news:
Good news is it's plug and play. The GTM doubles as the power for the Garmin. Plug it into the cig lighter. Easy.
More good news: The FM traffic broadcasts are great very near NYC. I know where all the jams are.
Bad news: After the 60 minute distance from the center of NYC is reached, the traffic info pretty much stops coming in.
I've read elsewhere that it could be a limit in the FM broadcast coverage, a limit in the power of the broadcast and a limit in the GTM receiver power.
Short answer: If you're in a big city: Get it. If not, well, it might not really give you the info on jams.
Anyone on here use one on I 95 in CT?
Be sure to drape the power cord over the mirror. The antennea for the Traffic receiver is located in the power cord. The more in the open it is, the more it will help reception.
If it's the newer cord with a bulge in it near the plug for the Garmin, then you want that off of the dash. If it's the original style (no bulge) then you want to get as much of the lower part of the cord exposed as possible - without putting a strain on the cord that will eventually cause the cord to fail.
FM Traffic has maps that show reception areas. Don't know about the other service.
Come on. It's only $20 bucks. Go for it.
1. The GTM 20 is for units that are mounted via an integrated cradle.
2. The GTM 25 is for units that are mounted via a standard cradle(non-integrated/no electrical connections within it).
I have a GTM-21, so that makes 3!
Be sure to drape the power cord over the mirror.
I have a bean bag mount and I lay the cord out along the dash tucking it under the bean bag so it doesn't slide down to the floor.
The FM traffic receiver is worth the $20-, but the included lifetime traffic is not, in my opinion. For additional cost, purchase a lifetime subscription to Total Traffic Network - ClearChannel.
Aren't they all come from the same source, the traffic message channel (TMC)? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_Message_Channel
So many times it has saved me from sitting in traffic that was backed up for miles.
The local radio stations that have traffic 'on the eights' would be hours behind.
Garmin isn't perfect, sometimes I would be stuck and it would say that everything is ok. But more times than not it is correct.
I found in central FL it works pretty good with the free traffic.Areas on I95 that includes SC,GA and parts of NC no coverage.Kinda makes you miss it when the green icon stops showing.
That is a good idea,now if mine will reach.
Hi Sudz, I have the Garmin 265wt, and the traffic is a great help. Go for it!
The 265WT also has Bluetooth. I have had the 255 since September and found it to be a good little unit. I got bored last week and bought the 265T and it is well worth the extra $20.00. The traffic only works with the power cord plugged in and you can also turn it off in the settings.
It is good to have it. I have Navteq traffic (free) but I don't get green traffic icon on my 765t all the time in GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Again, in Toronto, it covers only 400 series highways and no side streets. Sometimes it will divert you from highway traffic to side street which will be even worse.
Newbie here. Just got a 1370T. Haven't tried the traffic monitor yet but was wondering what happens when there is traffic. How far in advance will it let you know? Does it tell you and then say it's rerouting? Does it indicate anything on the display?
You can look at the owners manual http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/3130_OwnersManual.pdf pages 34 through 37.It does a good job explaining it including the color codes for traffic status.
The only problem with the traffic service is that it only covers some main roads in the city. The unit assumes other roads without information has no traffic at all. Say for example, when the highway has traffic, the unit tries to tell you to use a city street not knowing that the city street is actually worse in terms of traffic.
Surprised that no one mentioned that the 265 also has Bluetooth, while the 255 does not.
Buy the 265 - better yet, buy a 760 and you'll have aunit that doesn't crash, provides upcoming cross street information in the banner box and provdes enough street detail to be useful in rural areas. AND, you won't have to mess with the power cord each time you want to remove the unit from your dash.. It comes with a traffic receiver, though it isn't 'lifetime' - you'd have to buy a subscription or hit up someone for an old receiver from a unit they've replaced - no ads, either.
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