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Old 11-26-2007, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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I was thinking about buying one of these systems, but was wondering if you have to pay to use the GPS service like satellite radio service.
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Old 11-27-2007, 12:58 AM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I was thinking about buying one of these systems, but was wondering if you have to pay to use the GPS service like satellite radio service.
No.

Only pay for traffic information. Unless you have the highest grade Nuvi, you don't have to pay for the "MSN FM transmission", either.
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Old 11-27-2007, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Bakersfield, CA
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My job required a lot of rental car traveling and I was thinking about getting a GPS but I am clueless about them. Anyone here have one they like/dislike? What are the pro's and con's of yours? I have some questions I want answered before I buy one if anyone can help.
i got a TOMTOM GPS and its far cheaper than the GARMIN and in my view the best out there, totally reliable!!
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Old 11-27-2007, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Bakersfield, CA
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I was thinking about buying one of these systems, but was wondering if you have to pay to use the GPS service like satellite radio service.

i didnt pay for a thing except the GPS itself
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:00 PM
 
Location: In the real world!
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i didnt pay for a thing except the GPS itself
Ditto for me too. That was one of the first questions I asked about them too was if you had to pay the service...

Today I took it out when I had places to go and purposely went off the wrong way to see if it would alter the directions and it did..

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i got a TOMTOM GPS and its far cheaper than the GARMIN and in my view the best out there, totally reliable!!
I also checked into the TomTom's and found the reviews of it not as consistant (positive) as they were with the Garmins. If they had been, I would have just had to flip a coin on which one I would get. The Garmin and the TomTom I was comparing were the same price.
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:05 PM
 
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My Garmin 330 was stolen after only 3 months, so I bought the flat screen (Nuvi, I guess?). Anyhow, just remember to always lock your car and/or to take out your GPS - these are 'hot'.

And I agree with the above, I don't pay any other fees.
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:14 AM
 
Location: In the real world!
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I plan on taking it out of the car whenever I get out of it but thanks for the hint and how "hot" they are. I have a old camera bag that I use to keep it in since I will be traveling with mine a lot and need something to keep it all in where I can grab it and take it with me.
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Old 03-02-2009, 06:48 PM
 
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I always buy the cheapest ,on sale, discount , when it comes to Tech stuff and thats what I bought for my GPS (Magellan?) It has left me high a dry a few times, in white out snow storms in Wisconsin, or in Jersy City I think the buildings are too high and blocked the signal, There was a major road in Kansas city that it did'nt reconized (Bary rd.) and it led me to an open field a few times or a street that no longer went through. But I would still recomend it. Wth my situation I was looking for 10-20 addresses every week in unfamilar states and cities so 1 or 2 screw ups per week was tolerable. some times the screen goes grey, The biggest advantage by far for me was finding motels ,ATMs, gas,civic buildings.

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Old 03-02-2009, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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I always buy the cheapest ,on sale, discount , when it comes to Tech stuff and thats what I bought for my GPS (Magellan?) It has left me high a dry a few times, in white out snow storms in Wisconsin, or in Jersy City I think the buildings are too high and blocked the signal, There was a major road in Kansas city that it did'nt reconized (Bary rd.) and it led me to an open field a few times or a street that no longer went through. But I would still recomend it. Wth my situation I was looking for 10-20 addresses every week in unfamilar states and cities so 1 or 2 screw ups per week was tolerable. some times the screen goes grey, The biggest advantage by far for me was finding motels ,ATMs, gas,civic buildings.
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There's your problem... Get a Garmin.
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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I considered Garmin, Magellen and Tom-Tom, but purchased a Pharos 250 Gps system. This system is excellent and I highly recommend these units. The unit came with accessories the other units charge extra for, such as high quality carying case, stylus, large 4.3 inch touch screen, spoken street names and more. Paid $159 with free shipping. Comparable Garmins, Tom-Toms and Magellens (without case and stylus) were priced from $249 to $299.
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