Updating pioneer maps
Garmin offers a one time fee for “lifetime” maps, Tom Tom’s offer is on an annual basis, and with NAVIGON you get There are two models for getting map updates these days, subscription, and paying for an individual map.
If you pay for an individual map you decide how often you want to update the map for your device.
If it has been more than a year, then your maps are quickly becoming outdated.
Every year, thousands of miles of new roads are added to or updated on your mapping software.
The cost of getting “up to date” to start the subscription is pro-rated based on how old your current map is.
It is also important to remember that these map update subscriptions are tied to the device they are purchased for and are not transferrable.
Magellan has yet to announce any sort of map update subscription.
Within three months, you are ready to purchase a map subscription for your device, and you want to receive a new map update every quarter.
For this scenario, you will also pay the MSRP price. While the Navigon Fresh Maps subscription is , I’ve occasionally seen it as low as .
The Navigon and Tom Tom products really start to add up and me more expensive my a notable margin. Your device might break out of warranty making a repair impractical.
(Garmin did tell me that if your device breaks and you return it under RMA and they exchange the device, they will make sure you can keep your subscription on the new device.) Take a look around at any other consumer electronics devices you have– how old are go the subscription route either…
Lifetime means NAVIGON’s map subscription package is similar.