satnav for a usa holiday

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  1. bluedude1875

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    Any ideas which one to buy? I dont want to spend too much! Can i buy a cheap tom tom and download usa maps? How much would a downloaded map cost? Against a sat nav with it already on? Thanks folks...:thumbsup:
     
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    Get a Nokia N95 and download the maps free via wireless before you go?

    GSB
     
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    I believe Garmin is an American brand, so should be well supported over there


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    ive got a nokia n95 with maps... problem is it costs a small fortune to use gprs over there, as you will be using a substitute server. ie t-mobile usa :(
     
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    Theyre really cheap to buy over there, I got a garmin from Walmart for around £120. Great if you're a regular visitor, mine just sits in the cupboard and is resurrected each time we go back.

    I've got built in nav int he car so it's not needed.

    The other option is to rent a unit but at £50 a week, its cheaper to buy outright if you visit often.
     
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    Unless I'm missing something, it is not GPRS that costs anything, it's downloading the maps. Therefore, from home, use the N95 wireless connection to download the maps of where you want to go for free. The Nokia will save the maps to its memory card, and simply overlay your GPRS location whilst you are there. That's what I plan to do when i go to Boston in a few weeks - I have already got the map ready and waiting on my phone.
     
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    to use maps you need gprs ie mobile internet, which will cost a small fortune in the usa! i looked into that last year, thats why im going for sat nav this time mate.
     
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    Sorry, it's me mixing up my terms... I meant GPS not GPRS. The N95 uses GPS for location which is the same as a Tom Tom or similar and that does not cost anything - you can use the GPS without being connected to the internet, via GPRS, 3g or anything else.

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