First post here, did a search and could not find any similar posts. I bought a TomTom VIA 1505M from Amazon Warehouse Deals, went through the process of registering and configuring, only to find out that the Lifetime Maps code had alreay been used. So now I'm trying to find if there's a way to tell if it had been used with the 1505M I have, and I'll still get the Lifetime maps, or if someone used it with another GPS, which seems possible, but somewhat unlikely. I've tried checking the device and under myTomTom, but no luck and TomTom CS is closed today, so I figured I post to see if anyone has any other ideas.
Hi Jason, I just read your post and registered with POI. Yesterday I ordered a an xxl540tm from amazon warehouse deals. Did Tomtom CS "unlock" it for you? I'm scared that this will be the situation with my used purchase.
A friend bought a used ONE at Goodwill. Although the SD card had the US map on it,the unit would not recognize the map. TomTom would not unlock it for me unless the original sales slip was available. For $59.95, TT sent me the unlock code. Oh well.
TomTom's maps are keyed to the serial number of the unit on which the maps are originally installed. If the map on that SD card had been used with that specific GPS in the past, it should still have worked on *that* unit - but not on any other TomTom. (The operative word here is "should"!)
A number of people have been burned by buying TT maps on e-bay that don't work. (The only source for original TT maps that work is TomTom itself - or a very few people who buy maps from TT and then sell them for some reason before attempting to install.)
With best wishes,
- Tom -
Good explanation. That very well could be what happened.
BTW, the map on the unit memory was for.....
Are you ready?
I canceled my order after reading a few reviews that indicated that, in the case of used units, once an email account had been associated with a unit's serial number, tomtom does not transfer the lifetime maps portion to the new owner. I guess I'll just have to buy a new one.
I think I'll create an email and password for the new unit that, it I ever sold it, would give it to the buyer.
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