I love it when I get a good deal. There's a typical gas war going on in Albuquerque and my MSN Direct Services on the nuvi 680 caught it. How about a .32 savings per galloon between gas stations that were less than a quarter mile apart?
- just lovin' the MSN Direct feature of the 680 :-)
dcoffing, did you mean 32¢/gallon, or 3.2¢/gallon. I'm not being critical, I was just curious if you got the decimal point in the wrong place. If it was 32¢ I would say you got quite a deal. Being a gas war, I know it's possible. I'd like to get in on one of those. Our grocery (Kroger) is giving 10¢ off per gallon if you buy $100 or more groceries a week. Whoop-hee. You can go down the street to Quick Trip and get it for 3¢ less than their (Kroger's) marked down price.
I posted the screenshot just to show it. click on the link I posted. It was a Phillips 66 that beat out the Chevron down the street from it.
We have the Smith's in town that does the same kind of thing like your Kroger where if we buy 99$ of grocery in a week we get up to 15¢ off. But their gas price starts kind of high so it doesn't give anywhere near the amount of savings I use to think it did.
I wanted so badly to enjoy that feeling of being able to save on gas by using the MSN Direct feature... even ordered the 680 from Staples. But within an hour of placing the order at staples.com, I started reading on the various GPS user groups that the 680's coverage is shoddy in the New York Metro area--of course I had to cancel my order. I went out and got the 660 from Best Buy the next day (Black Friday) but I still get jealous when hear people who have coverage... sigh
miss it Nuvi_Nwebie. I live in the Dallas area, and on the fringe reception of traffic reports, and I don't miss them at all. Something you've never had, you don't really miss. You will love the 660. Personally, I feel it's the best all around unit for the price, and I paid big bucks for mine a year ago. If I ever lost it, got it lifter, I'd go for another. Just check the Cheap Gas web site. It'll help.
I don't travel to the New York area like I use to so it is hard to verify the reports for you.
I am sure are going to be happy with the 660. These are great devices. Here is a tip for you if you have cell phone with Internet. Go to GasBuddyToGo.com and do a Search for prices by City/State or Zip/Postal Code. This will get you the best prices but of course it won't show how close they are to you.
Here is my 2 cents on the user group postings you read;
As much as people are helpful on discussion groups I also find they can be unintentionally hurtful in terms of the info. I have found many times it is due to the lack of user understanding a particular setting or use of a feature, etc. It isn't that the user intends to give out bad info it is just that when people have a bad experience it is easier to post the bad experience. When the "fix" is learned later the poster may not be humble enough to post it because it can show on the ignorance of the original post.
Here is the link to find the current coverage in any area of the US. The one for New York looked OK.
Now this isn't to say that the reports you read were wrong but some people may be located in an area that is indeed "fringe" but has nothing to do with where you are going to be operating in your normal use. I kind of relate it to cell phone carriers. If the cell phone carrier has the best coverage in the nation but it doesn't work at your home where you work out of then it really doesn't matter if they have the best coverage in the nation... it doesn't work for you but that doesn't it mean it won't work great for the guy just a mile away. Same with you in NY. It is possible for the guy it doesn't work for to imply it doesn't work for anyone in his area when that just isn't the case.
I notice that MSN gives you information about your area. I just set up my 680 in Las Vegas and it will take a few days before all the data comes through on my unit.
I was wondering if I drive to Los Angeles next week, will I still get the gas prices there, or will there be a delay in getting it from MSN.
Interesting. The link you sent shows no coverage for zip code 91360, however this link does:
I check it every once in a while to see if they coverage has expanded recently. According to the map (from my link) it has moved into my area. Curious that none of the zip codes in the expanded area show coverage when entered though. Maybe just haven't updated yet, the expanded map area occured in the last week or so.
quackinup you are so right on! I posted the link for MSN Direct Services for my watch and it may be very possible that the MSN Direct Navigation indeed has different coverage areas! Thanks for catching that.
Yeah, it looks like different devices have different coverage areas.
Unfortunately, this reputation that the 680 has for having a lack of MSN Direct coverage in the NYC metro area has been corroborated by several users in another group. If I remember correctly, there was even a thread that was joined by a Microsoft representative to discuss the coverage issue--that MS rep then disappeared from the thread and was never heard from again.
However, I'll definitely give GasBuddyToGo.com whirl! THANKS! And, don't get me wrong, I LOVE my 660!!!
Spoke with Microsoft MSN Direct and they told me that the FM transmission locations are the same for both the watches and the navigation devices. The reason the coverage is larger for the navigation is because of their more efficient antennas located in the auto charger wiring cable.
That makes sense, obviously no antenna of any real size on the watches. Now I just need to find a way to attach a 50' whip antenna to my car and feed it into that so I can pick up in the rest of my county!
Hey robret 660 my 650 has the ability to add the reciever to it but luckly it is of no use to my in wichita falls. We had a traffic jam and it only lasted 5 minutes. I guess i'm lucky no offense intended. Any way the cowboys just lost the redskins...rats.
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