Garmin GTM 35 With Lifetime Traffic

 

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/pn/010-00896-13

I noticed that the Garmin webpage still lists the Garmin GTM 35 With Lifetime Traffic. Wasn't traffic via FM RDS discontinued?

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I may be wrong but I think that all the new Garmin On The Road devices are replacing FM or HD traffic with the Smartphone Link app but that those of us with these FM/HD receivers will still receive traffic data from the broadcast providers and will continue to receive it until the radio stations drop the service.

Years ago, there was some form of traffic, etc. (which I can't remember...was it MSN something?) offered on a few devices that was discontinued.

Garmin GTM 35 With Lifetime Traffic

Thank you very much for the reply. My main GPS is a Garmin Nuvi 3597. It works very well. At work, however, I occasionally need to drive and use a portable beanbag mount. One of my concerns, however, is the risk of damage moving the 3597 from vehicle to vehicle. I decided maybe I should consider something more rugged, but I would still like the traffic feature.

Then I realized that I still have an old Garmin Nuvi 500 in one of my older vehicles. According to the Garmin Nuvi 500 webpage, https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/13424 the compatible traffic receiver is the GTM 35 with Lifetime Traffic https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/pn/010-00896-13

When I start looking for these online, it seems like the prices are all over the place. It also isn't clear to me, did all of these include lifetime traffic from day one or did some have some different arrangement? The reason why I ask that is because I also see HERE Premium Traffic — North America available for $49.99. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/pn/010-11362-00

Anyway, I might just buy this because moving my Garmin Nuvi 500 from vehicle to vehicle might just be less risky than moving my 3597 from vehicle to vehicle because I do think that the Nuvi 500 is a bit more rugged than the 3597. And, having traffic would be a nice additional touch. If I can get the cord and lifetime subscription for under $40, it would probably be worth it to me.

I suggest waiting...

Jim1348 wrote:

Thank you very much for the reply. My main GPS is a Garmin Nuvi 3597. It works very well. At work, however, I occasionally need to drive and use a portable beanbag mount. One of my concerns, however, is the risk of damage moving the 3597 from vehicle to vehicle. I decided maybe I should consider something more rugged, but I would still like the traffic feature.

Then I realized that I still have an old Garmin Nuvi 500 in one of my older vehicles. According to the Garmin Nuvi 500 webpage, https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/13424 the compatible traffic receiver is the GTM 35 with Lifetime Traffic https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/pn/010-00896-13

When I start looking for these online, it seems like the prices are all over the place. It also isn't clear to me, did all of these include lifetime traffic from day one or did some have some different arrangement? The reason why I ask that is because I also see HERE Premium Traffic — North America available for $49.99. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/pn/010-11362-00

Anyway, I might just buy this because moving my Garmin Nuvi 500 from vehicle to vehicle might just be less risky than moving my 3597 from vehicle to vehicle because I do think that the Nuvi 500 is a bit more rugged than the 3597. And, having traffic would be a nice additional touch. If I can get the cord and lifetime subscription for under $40, it would probably be worth it to me.

I suggest waiting until others in the US with better memories respond before buying anything.

Regarding the old FM traffic: Yes indeed, when they first came out years ago, they did require a paid subscription. I can't remember if it started as an annual fee which later became a lifetime fee or if it was lifetime from the get go. I think that a few years after the fee-based subscription was offered, it switched to a free service.

HD traffic: I think the HD traffic (that came with your 3597) offering was first made well after the service was provided for free so it never required a fee.

As far as I know, if buying a new GTM-35 direct from Garmin for a traffic-enableable GPS with factory-loaded North America maps, the North America traffic lifetime subscription is included. The Here Traffic purchase states that it's intended for GPS devices that did not come with factory-loaded US or North America maps.

I'm not sure what would happen if you bought an ancient used GTM-35 from eBay or elsewhere. If that GTM-35 was made when a fee was required for traffic to be enabled, would it still expect the paid subscription or would a past Garmin update convert it to a free lifetime subscription? Does anyone have an answer?

More:
https://support.garmin.com/faqSearch/en-US/faq/content/i34WV...

Final reminders: Remember that FM traffic is not the same as your 3597's HD traffic. FM traffic is updated less often than HD traffic. Also consider that at times, the quite-new Garmin GPS devices with lifetime traffic are offered as refurbs for maybe $50-100 and they'd offer many more features than your old 500. That may alter your thoughts on how much you should pay to add FM traffic to the old 500 when a bit more gives you a newer device with lifetime traffic included.

Traffic

Either of the Garmins I have now or had before were all using FM traffic.
Where I live, sometimes if I am about 1 hour west of where I live the GPS wants to route me off the main highway going across the city and route me through the city. This is in heavy rush hour traffic. It tells me I can save 15 minutes! Unfortunately the GPS or FM traffic cannot or do not take into account the many of traffic lights as well as actual traffic.

So in a case like that I override the GPS's "suggestion.

In the case of being in a totally unfamiliar area, I try to zoom out to see if there are parallel roads I can take if the GPS wants me to take a detour. I also get into the "Traffic" screen to see what is actually happening.

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Nuvi 350 long gone, Nuvi 855LMT, Nuvi 2797LMT, DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD, 3790LMT now my daughters. Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.