I find the coverage area is smaller than advertised, I live in the western Chicago 'burbs and I am out of range until closer to the city. Also, my experience is that I get a traffic alert just about the time I see brake lights up ahead. Since I drive the tollways, it is too late to jump off for an alternate route.
All in all, when the subscription comes up I will be hard pressed to renew. I am curious if this is similar to others' experience.
This is one of the reason I got nuvi 660, since TMC covers more cities and wide area compared to MSN traffic. couple of my buddies also had the same issue that you are facing.
Okay. Got it
I am not sure why it posted so many replies.
I just hit "Post Comment" once !!
I am thinking about adding traffic services to my Nuvi 350.... so I will be watching to see where this goes.
So far TMC sounds like the one for me.. if there is a receiver for my Nuvi 350 that will work with TMC that is.
too slow, don't trust it, by the time I get there its not there
I've had owned many of the top GPS's and I have tried their traffic services and I believe that the MSN DIRECT service is underated. During the Thanksgiving week we drove from Chicago to West Palm Beach and the traffic service was updated and alerting me as soon as I drove into a large metro area.
I think you are limited to TMC for traffic https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=6395&tab=gtm10
nüvi 350 is not MSN compatible. http://www8.garmin.com/traffic/msn/index.jsp
I live in Phoenix and have found that MSN Traffic is a little slow in determining routes for my everyday driving. Here, accidents can happen and I can be stopped before MSN reports anything. But, such is life on the I-10. Unless you're before the rush hour (prior to 5:30am), the best route to work is not on the interstate.
That said, I have not used TMC before since my NUVI 680 is my first GPS unit. On a recent trip to L.A., my 680 routed me around all traffic problems and got me to my destination effortlessly. I would not travel without it.
For me the result is....given enough time, MSN traffic does great.
I have the 660 with TMC. It is fine with the free 3 month subscription. Getting the 680 with MSN and will try it out. One good thing about the MSN appears to be the fuel prices and full coverage with one price.
TMC, it seems you have to pay per city. I drive a lot between NV and CA, so MSN seems to be the better option.
As far as the speed of information, I guess it is as good as the data being fed in. I would think that the service hooked up to the Highway Patrol or such traffic monitoring system to get the information would be a better way to get updated info.
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