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Old 10-01-2021, 06:36 PM   #1
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Anyone else taken in by GPS manufacturers' "lifetime updates"? I bought a Magellan Roadmate because it had US and Canadian campgrounds installed and had "lifetime" map updates.
Recently I wondered why I could not get any new map updates, and was amazed to read on Magellan's website that "lifetime" for them means the "useful lifetime of the product - three years". Obviously a GPs will last a lot longer than three years, mine still works fine except when I am on a "new" piece of road that is not on the map. Why don't they come out and say three years of updates? It is pretty much misleading advertising.
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It's marketing and money ..... for the seller.
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I just use Google Maps for directions. And my favorite part is that it is free!
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Garmin still provides map updates to my 10yo device. No problems. I did recently buy an updated model and it is way better, faster.
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I just use Google Maps for directions. And my favorite part is that it is free!
We head pretty deep into national forests usually 10-20 miles outside of any cell service - GPS always works.
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FWIW, we use iHike GPS for our off-grid travel. It's great. But you have to remember to download the topo maps (which are free) while you've still got cell coverage.
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I carry a Rand McNally atlas.....never an issue with power shortage either.
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