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Old 04-05-2016, 08:39 PM
 
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Are GPS devices such as Megellen and Garmin that work with satellite service obsolete? If you get a smart phone do you need a data service such as Sprint etc in order to get direction and maps? We do not have smart phones and have a grandfathered deal flip phone of 1000 minutes for 100 bucks, refillable. We use it rarely and Find it adequate for our use. I use my IPad for texting etc where I can get wifi when I am out. I can even get maps on it with wifi for city walking. But it is not useful for driving.

Our GPS devices are getting old and I was wondering what is now available in the market short of smart phone and data service.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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1) No
2) Yes, with a caveat. You can get a used cell phone with no data, and then download Google Maps in "OFFLINE" mode. You could then use that cellphone strictly as a GPS with no data. While this would work, a Garmin would be a better fit for this.
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Old 04-06-2016, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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I have several old GPS units, and I've found that the main issue tends to be the maps, which can become obsolete over time if you don't update them. A unit from an established company still selling GPS units in the US like Garmin or Tomtom will probably still have map updates available for them from the company. Companies like Navigon or Rightway might be more problematic. For example, I *love* my little Navigon 2000S, but its maps are getting older, and Navigon pulled out of the US GPS market years ago.

Peregrine is right. There are various offline solutions for smart phones and tablets that don't require a data subscription, but I don't have personal experience with how well they work.
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Old 04-06-2016, 04:31 PM
 
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thank you for the responses. good to know Garmin is still a viable option.
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Pay a couple dollars more for one with Lifetime maps and never have the outdated map issue. (Actually they aren't always more expensive either).
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Old 04-07-2016, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Pay a couple dollars more for one with Lifetime maps and never have the outdated map issue. (Actually they aren't always more expensive either).
Never say never. I had updates to my Navigon GPS until Navigon pulled out of the US market. Although I suspect Garmin (for example) would not do that.
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Old 04-07-2016, 05:10 PM
 
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Never say never. I had updates to my Navigon GPS until Navigon pulled out of the US market. Although I suspect Garmin (for example) would not do that.
And 'lifetime' means the lifetime of the product. Not your lifetime. garmin end-of-lifed an old GPS that I had which stopped the maps for it. But.. The thing was 10 years old and I just kept as a backup unit anyway.
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Old 04-08-2016, 06:06 AM
 
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Garmin isn't going anywhere any time soon, and they still issue quarterly map updates.
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Old 04-08-2016, 08:47 AM
 
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Navigon? I never even heard of Navigon.
A good reason to stick with brand names. Garmin, Tom Tom and Magellan aren't going away any time soon.
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Old 04-08-2016, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Navigon? I never even heard of Navigon.
A good reason to stick with brand names. Garmin, Tom Tom and Magellan aren't going away any time soon.
Navigon is part of Garmin now. They were a German company that created GPS units which were slim, which were quite feature-rich for the price, and which had what I considered a really elegant interface. Not cartoony like the Garmin or Tomtom units of the time, but sleek black/gray/orange.

Click on the pic in the review below to see a larger version. I *really* like its interface. Even better than the skinnable iGO 8 GPSes I own.

Navigon 2000S - A Review of the Navigon 2000S GPS navigator

You can also buy their software for the iPhone:

NAVIGON MobileNavigator | NAVIGON - a Garmin company.

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