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How Many of You Buy the Map Update?

 

I am curious as to how many buy the map updates (either yearly or quarterly) and why or why not. This does not include those lucky souls who have the free annual updates.

Shooter

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Shooter N32 39 W97 25 GO 930, VIA 1535TM, GPSmap 60CS, Android w/Google Maps & TomTom USA, BMW built-in
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I bought Lifetime maps

I receive "free" quarterly updates for both my Nuvi 260 and my 1490.

I paid the fee to obtain the updates for the 260 as a one-time cost after I had owned the unit for about 6 months.. I feel that the 10 quarterly updates I have received made my investment well worth it.

As far as the 1490LMT goes, the quarterly updates I receive are certainly not free - the updates were paid for in the initial price of the unit.

IMHO the quarterly updates are worth it if you plan on owning the unit for longer than 1 year.

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MrKenFL- "Money can't buy you happiness .. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery." NUVI 260, Nuvi 1490LMT & Nuvi 2595LMT all with 2014.4 maps !

Purchased

I got a lifetime map subscription for my 1490T about 8 months after I got it. The price had dropped to around $70 and I thought it was worth it for that.
My 260 is now a backup unit that hasn't been updated since day 1. My mother-in-law tried it recently and liked it. If she starts using it more often I'll see about getting at least one update for it. I won't get a unit in the future that does not include lifetime maps.

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Nuvi 2595LMT, Nuvi 1490T, Nuvi 260, GPSMAP 195

Lifetime Updates

Shooter wrote:

I am curious as to how many buy the map updates (either yearly or quarterly) and why or why not. This does not include those lucky souls who have the free annual updates.

Shooter

I don't have "free aunnual updates", but I was fortunate to get a Lifetime Map Subscription when I bought the Garmin, and I have appreciated the updates from it. I travel a lot with the RV and count on the GPS to keep us on track.

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Garmin Nuvi 1690

Lifetime updates

Since I tend to keep my Nuvi 1450 updated with the latest and greatest software, it was a no-brainer that I'd get the lifetime subscription. Besides, it was $59 for a one-time charge vs.$75 for the lifetime. Not a tough decision.

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Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450

Fool me once...

I bought a "lifetime" map subscription for my Nuvi 760 three or four years ago, only to be told by Garmin a year or two later that they had changed their mind and "lifetime" would really mean only until 2012 -- sue us if that's a problem for you.

I've always had trouble learning from my mistakes. So not only did I buy another Garmin a year ago, but I bought one with "Lifetime Maps and Traffic". I figure if I can keep this up long enough it might be my lifetime that will run out first.

That said, I downloaded the latest maps this afternoon and was pleased to see that the freeway sign thingy has finally come to America's sixth largest city.

You must

Felix Krull wrote:

I bought a "lifetime" map subscription for my Nuvi 760 three or four years ago, only to be told by Garmin a year or two later that they had changed their mind and "lifetime" would really mean only until 2012 -- sue us if that's a problem for you.

You must have been talking to the cleaning staff at Garmin. grin As far as I know that was never the case and you can still buy a lifetime maps for the 760 as of a few minutes ago:

https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=33379&pvID=34036#pro...

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD and TomTom XXL540s

I bought one update only

I bought one update only because I didn't know about the lifetime update... Which I learned about after hearing about this site...
Once I found this site... Everything changed.....

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2x Nuvi 660'sOne with -- Lifetime Maps -- Lifetime Traffic And a 2011 Ford Escape with Nav System that Doesn't support External POI's BOO HOO!

I bought the lifetime update

I plan on having my 60CSx for many years to come, as a primary or secondary device, so the lifetime map updates was reasonable.

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Montana 600, GPSMAP60CSx, fenix, Bad Elf, iPhone 4S, iPad2, Yaesu VX-8R w/GPS, MacBookPro, all sorts of maps.

Seven...

"Lifetime's" All mine are covered...call me "nuts"

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"Backward, turn backward, oh time in your flight, make me a child again, just for tonight."

Wait Awhile Then Purchase An Update

I have had my 255W for a bit over two years and I just purchased the first map update a couple of months ago. If the 255W is still working two years from now, I might purchase another map update then.

Would be nice to see an "update" list of the map updates to see if I really need to purchase one but realize that that would be unrealistic.

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OK.....so where the heck am I?

Bought lifetime updates 2

Bought lifetime updates 2 years ago, after I got my free map update for my nuvi 250.

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All the worlds indeed a stage and we are merely players. Rush

Updates

I buy on sale (last year) updates every 3 years whether I need it or not!

Lifetime for me

I depend on my GPS to be as accurate as can be in unknown areas, so I bought the LM's.

When I was in Vancouver in March, I was helping my buddy move his kid. I plotted the new address, and he did as well on his Garmin 265. His old maps lead us to a newer median on Kingsway, and no way to turn left. Mine did not.

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

For me lifetime a no brainer but.......

I have a 765t and when it dies I will look at one that includes lifetime updates but it does depend where you live and where you go. If you travel alot or live in areas where new road contruction are an ongoing process updates would be valuable. If you don't travel that much or live in an area where roads stay pretty constant then maybe updates aren't that big of a deal.

I have never bought a map

I have never bought a map update yet and I have never had a problem finding any place I needed to find using the old map, at least so far. Perhaps when it gets to the point that it became necessary, I will just buy a new unit with the new map already installed.
For those people who like to keep their map updated, I think the lifetime map is a better deal.

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Tight lines

Bought The Lifetime Last Year

I plunked down $79 last summer for the lifetime updates. Until 2012.10, I did not really see the value as nothing really changed except for an error introduced in my neighborhood in the 2011.40 update. However, 2012.10 was a major update for Junction View, with intersections here on Long Island being added and the transition to the PhotoReal™ images. 2012.10 is a winner in my book.

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I support the right to keep and arm bears.

I would say I would have

I would say I would have been one of the first to buy the lifetime update for my 880 and have so far been pleased with that purchase. I really like my garmin but I have wanted to upgrade but one of my features that I want is a removeable battery which as I can see most of the garmins don't come with. I have expressed my opinion to garmin so hopefully that feature will be available on the new crop of nuvis.

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NickJr Nuvi 3597LMT

map update

I bought lifetime map 3 months ago. When we bought our GPS, it was our first and we we're familiar enough with the different offerings.

Lifetime

I bought lifetime map updates for my Nuvi 765T when they were really cheap around xmas time last year. I think it was $65 through Amazon.

While it's certainly cheaper than quarterly map updates, I still resent the fact that I have to buy map updates for EACH Garmin I own--it seems fair and reasonable that the updates would go to the purchaser and not to each unit they own. It would also go a long way towards maintaining customer loyalty--if I already had lifetime updates for any Garmin I own, switching brands would be much less attractive.....

NP

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In times of profound change, the learners will inherit the earth while the "learned" find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists...

Updates

I don't get updates. I have a 265WT and could buy a new gps when I want an update badly enough. People with the fanciest units probably want a new unit each time one comes out, too.

maps or MSN?

Felix Krull wrote:

I bought a "lifetime" map subscription for my Nuvi 760 three or four years ago, only to be told by Garmin a year or two later that they had changed their mind and "lifetime" would really mean only until 2012 -- sue us if that's a problem for you.

I wonder if the Garmin rep who told you that thought you were asking about the MSN service instead of lifetime maps? Did you buy a MSN receiver for your 760? The MSN service will end in 2012, but that is because of Microsoft, not Garmin.

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Alan - Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Lifetime Commitment

I bought the Garmin Lifetime updates for about $70 from Amazon. It was a gamble but so far so good.

not for me

Metroparker wrote:

I don't get updates. I have a 265WT and could buy a new gps when I want an update badly enough. People with the fanciest units probably want a new unit each time one comes out, too.

This pretty much nails it down from my perspective. For the cost of the subscriptions, I could sell the old gps and just buy another gps. Not only are they getting cheaper every day, they will have new features and functions.

no updates here

I like the back roads and they are still there.
Only a couple of times have I found myself on a road that was different than the database.

no - not that important

for me. Roads change, but not that many and not that fast. If I get a new gps every 4-5 years, I get new maps with the new unit. Having slightly older maps has not presented me with any difficulties - money I save on map updates, I can apply to a new unit when the time comes.

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___________________ Garmin 855 / 2720 / Magellan Meridian Gold

Tom Tom

I guess we know about brand priority. The OP has a Tom Tom and posted his request on the Tom Tom forum. Yet every single reply has been from Garmin owners discussing the Garmin map updates.

Maybe Tom Tom folks never read these forums or never update their maps wink

I don't buy 'em because the

I don't buy 'em because the number of significant changes I've found on a friends 350 to mine (he updates) one can count on 1 hand for my area. I think that the next time I replace a Garmin I'll buy a lifetime subscription included in the purchase price.

Part of the problem is that it's very hard to tell what changes NAVTEQ has actually made. They need to provide a file which can be sorted for your own area, but of course, that might be contrary to their best (read that as money) interests.

Fred

Garmin

I have the lifetime until my unit goes for recycling.
However I will check and see what Felix is saying about 1212? I wonder if it means Dec 21 , 2012 rolleyes

Cheers

I Don't

For my use, don't need a new one every year.

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Nuvi 50LM Nuvi 2555LM

Got Tired Of The Nag Screen

And bought the lifetime map for the 500. I know the contract with Navtec is up in 2012 but you know there will be a massive lawsuit if they don't continue the map upgrades after that date.

Besides they have got to get the maps from somewhere, and keeping up with the changing roads is a daunting task.

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If you ain't got pictures, I wasn't there.

Don't Neither

Only bought one update last year that was selling for $29. The map was nearly a year old. No noticeable changes in my areas of interest. Don't expect to buy additional updates for the time being.

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Tuckahoe Mike - Nuvi 3490LMT, Nuvi 260W, iPhone5

map updates

I never bought an update for my 4 years old unit as yet. I am relying entirely on mapshare ie all the corrections provided by us users to TT.
I check from time to time at the retailer shop but since my street is still not included, I'll pass/wait.

Just bought lifetimes for 755 & 765 last week

Finally got Broadband so updated them both to 2012.20

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Cain versus Unable 2012

nov 2013..

alpine1 wrote:

And bought the lifetime map for the 500. I know the contract with Navtec is up in 2012 but you know there will be a massive lawsuit if they don't continue the map upgrades after that date.

Besides they have got to get the maps from somewhere, and keeping up with the changing roads is a daunting task.

I thought the contract was for 6 year with NAVTEQ (with an option to renew for an additional 4 years).. and this contract happened around nov 2007..

Sorry

I bought the lifetime updates last year and after the latest fiasco with 2012.20 and the JCV's I am kind of sorry I did. If they do not fix the current problems and continue to propagate them forward, then I may not be able to update any more. Sadly, the quality from Garmin is going downhill considering recent firmware snafu's and the map issues.

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I support the right to keep and arm bears.

Not...

Not yet but when I get my next Garmin, I'll get it with the lifetime map updates.

apply the cost to another gps

Include me with the group that would rather apply the cost to another gps. Current maps seem to not be that current.

"America's sixth largest city"

Felix Krull wrote:

... was pleased to see that the freeway sign thingy has finally come to America's sixth largest city.

Aren't those called "Towns"? smile

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waste of money

I have got different version of 2011 map including the 2012.10 and frankly I think they are just waste of money cause I do not see no differents in those maps version.I still have the same problem in a particular road it is on highway 76 west the road on one place it go like 360 degree turn around and when it reach that location it give me the same messages like I was on a parking lot. you know the messages that say" drive to high ground location" On onother road it tell me to make right turn but that road is a dead end road. I would like to know how come I had the same problem since I had the 2010 map,it did the same on the 2011, and still does the 2012.Who know maybe Garmin they will get right in the 2099 map update.

No more map for me.I had enough

report it

Have you reported these errors to Garmin? If they don't know there is a problem, then they don't know to fix it.

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Nuvi 660 owner.

Report to Navtec not Garmin

rgroves wrote:

Have you reported these errors to Garmin? If they don't know there is a problem, then they don't know to fix it.

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Nuvi 650 and 1350.

Map Update

Shock just got an e-mail from Garman about updating my maps. This is twice in four years. WOW.

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johnm405 660 & MSS&T

I do

Shooter wrote:

I am curious as to how many buy the map updates (either yearly or quarterly) and why or why not. This does not include those lucky souls who have the free annual updates.

Shooter

I bought a lifetime subscription. There is so much construction in Calgary with new roads being created it's important to me to keep up to date, seeing as I use my device for work.

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765t

Shooter wrote:

I am curious as to how many buy the map updates (either yearly or quarterly) and why or why not. This does not include those lucky souls who have the free annual updates.

Shooter

I got the lifetime maps for my 765t and am happy I did. I never got it for my 650 b/c the price was really high. I don't use the 650 (keeping if for one of my children) so no need to update at this time.

I don't

Have not due to the fact that the roads I travel on hasn't changed. I really don't take any far trips, but the one trip I did take, no problem.

I have a 2010 map on my system.

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Nuvi 50LM Nuvi 2555LM

Lifetime Commitment

I got the lifetime updates a couple of years ago. I thought since they're always changing stuff around here, it would be nice to have everything up to date. It was only like $60 or $70 at the time.

Depends...

cool

Only if I plan to keep the unit because of the features it offer. A map update is 50% of getting a new decent unit... it all depends on what YOU perceive as the life of your current unit.

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"Destination Eternity" Garmin 765T, & Samsung Galaxy S4

i quit

i quit

Umm, What?

ROBERT F. BREUNING wrote:

i quit

What exactly did you quit?

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Shooter N32 39 W97 25 GO 930, VIA 1535TM, GPSmap 60CS, Android w/Google Maps & TomTom USA, BMW built-in

I think its worth...

Actually, the only reason why I think it may be worth getting at this point is that I believe with the current state of the economy and all that stimulus money that is suppose to finally hit the system after almost 2 years, alot of it is gonna go into roads, highways, bridges, etc. It seems in the metro areas -- quite a bit of road work is happening. Just my opinion.

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