Q: Are there monthly fees for using a car GPS system like Tom Tom ?

themoneyman1113
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Anyone know if monthly fees are charged for using mobile GPS systems and if so how much and does anyone have any reccommendations for a GPS for my car?
themoneyman1113 posted Jun 06, 2007
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DrkBluePGT
Well my friend has a GPS and he doesn't pay any kind of fee. Maybe some do, but I was unaware of this. I think you have to pay for additional maps and all, but not sure on monthly fee.
DrkBluePGT (rep: 23.8k) posted Jun 06, 2007
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mergedwarrior
The only service that I know you have to pay with is OnStar, and I think they have more than just GPS.
mergedwarrior (rep: 197) posted Jun 06, 2007
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mdsagher
The only ones that have fees are the ones (like OnStar) that give you features like realtime traffic reports.

I know for sure the Garmin's don't have fees.
mdsagher (rep: 15.1k) posted Jun 06, 2007
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Eve15
You would only pay monthly fees if you would like real-time traffic reports like construction zones, traffice congestion around a certain street, accidents, etc.. and if you want the service tied to your cell phone as well. Sometimes this information is free for the first 6 months then you have the option to purchase the monthly or yearly subscription depending on what service you decide to get. The median subsciption price range is about $60 a year.

When you purchase a GPS system they normally come with preloaded maps that allow you to naviagete within almost any street, pinpoint businesses around that area like banks or restaurants, parks and recreation, and gas stations.
Eve15 (rep: 45.4k) posted Jun 06, 2007
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nimrodboy3
Yeah. I only know of paying for possibly the update CDs, but other than that, no monthly fees that I'm aware of.
nimrodboy3 (rep: 68k) posted Jun 06, 2007
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smallzfsu
ditto
smallzfsu (rep: 13.5k) posted Jun 07, 2007
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Eve15
As far as recommendation go. For serious navigating I would stick to Garmin or Tomtom. One of the features I know of about TomTom is there are celebrity voices available so you can have the voice 3-CPU or Arnold Swarzenegger navigate you through the city..pretty funny!

The prices should start being more affordable especially when new models come out. I purchased the Evesham Navman 7700 Touchscreen w/ MP3 player and photo viewer from Woot for $160 for Father's Day. It is a good introductory GPS and DH loves the MP3 player capabilities, but it doesn't do direct door-to-door.

Here is a GPS forumthat you may find very useful for more in depth 411 on systems:
GPSpassion.com Forums
Eve15 (rep: 45.4k) posted Jun 07, 2007
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themoneyman1113
Thanks all you have been extremely helpful.
themoneyman1113 (rep: 27.5k) posted Jun 07, 2007
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themoneyman1113
Now I have to decide which one to go with
themoneyman1113 (rep: 27.5k) posted Jun 07, 2007
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bside
bside (rep: -8) posted Nov 24, 2008
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jefflin
GPS systems is free, no mouthly fee like the mobile phone. however, you need to pay the GPS navigator and maps that installed in it. you could buy from amazon, bestbuy ect. online.


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jefflin (rep: 11) posted Jul 05, 2010
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