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TomTom has TOMTOM GO 52 Car GPS for $ 143.99 with the voucher code 'SUMMER2018PND'. Shipping is free and taxes extra. $143.99

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TomTom has TOMTOM GO 52 Car GPS for $ 143.99 with the voucher code 'SUMMER2018PND'. Shipping is free and taxes extra.

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I know not everyone likes to use their phone but GPS navigator sales has been declining ever since your cell phone can do pretty much the same thing plus many maps can tell you real time traffic info which traditional GPS can't.
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I know not everyone likes to use their phone but GPS navigator sales has been declining ever since your cell phone can do pretty much the same thing plus many maps can tell you real time traffic info which traditional GPS can't.
True, but it depends on cell coverage, which is getting better, but not 100%. Offline maps help, but aren't as dependable as this device.
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True, but it depends on cell coverage, which is getting better, but not 100%. Offline maps help, but aren't as dependable as this device.
True, especially when you on a road trip.
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True, but it depends on cell coverage, which is getting better, but not 100%. Offline maps help, but aren't as dependable as this device.
Why cell coverage required for gps?
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Why cell coverage required for gps?
It's not required unless you're using your cell phone as the GPS device. This TomTom uses the cell phone to retrieve traffic info, but it's not required for use.

But honestly I haven't used my Tomtom in several years since I started using Waze, although will say that I miss the complex intersection guidance that dedicated GPSes give you, and Waze and Google maps still lack.
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Why cell coverage required for gps?
To download maps, traffic info, etc. in real time. You can always download an off-line section of your current area or an entire state/country map in some navigation apps, and it's extremely helpful if you drive through areas with limited or no network coverage.
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Getting a dedicated GPS over cell phone is more of a personal preference. You may need/want to use your phone while driving (hopefully for important stuff), the phone may not be always infront of you.

Two of the biggest reasons I use a dedicated GPS are coverage (no network for cell phones) and having my phone free (or even out of sight) and fully charged.
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Just my 2 cents based on my experience using phone as a GPS on a long trip...

I needed to keep my phone on the dashboard for viewing and also for a reliable GPS signal. Also keep the phone constantly charging due to battery drain (due to usage GPS maps). Realized that the phone got heated up very quickly (constant sunlight and charging...). If I keep the phone in the car like a cup holder or something, I have to meddle with the phone while driving which I think is very dangerous...
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My wife recently went on a roadtrip to Canada with her GF. They were roaming on Sprint and went to some kind of park. Her friend accidently closed the google maps app (I tell my wife to use waze but she never listens to me) and had no signal to reload the map. Both were freaking out because they did know how to get out of park. She brought an old garmin that I loaded with updated maps before the trip and it saved the 2 asian ladies that were freaking out. So if you have asian wife who is bad sense of direction, dunno how to use paper maps, and going on a trip without you that involves going through poor cell reception areas, then get her a standalone GPS. haha.
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Dedicated GPS units like this one are very useful for long road trips and areas without cell phone network, but I wouldn't pay this price. Get a cheaper old model or used one on craigslist/ebay and load new maps.
I bought an old Garmin 7-8 years ago off craigslist for $20 to help me navigate country roads in Utah forests - still works fine with new maps.
My only complaint with these dedicated GPS units is the lack of (or need to spend more $$) to get live traffic updates.
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Dedicated GPS units like this one are very useful for long road trips and areas without cell phone network, but I wouldn't pay this price. Get a cheaper old model or used one on craigslist/ebay and load new maps.
I bought an old Garmin 7-8 years ago off craigslist for $20 to help me navigate country roads in Utah forests - still works fine with new maps.
My only complaint with these dedicated GPS units is the lack of (or need to spend more $$) to get live traffic updates.
Why would you need to even buy live traffic updates to "navigate country roads in Utah forests" ?
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Regardless of the phone vs GPS debate, this price is terrible. I wouldn't pay more than $75 for a GPS unit these days, even with lifetime maps and RDS traffic.
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Dedicated GPS units like this one are very useful for long road trips and areas without cell phone network, but I wouldn't pay this price. Get a cheaper old model or used one on craigslist/ebay and load new maps.
I bought an old Garmin 7-8 years ago off craigslist for $20 to help me navigate country roads in Utah forests - still works fine with new maps.
My only complaint with these dedicated GPS units is the lack of (or need to spend more $$) to get live traffic updates.
I didn't think the LT maps were transferable with the unit, so I am not sure if you could updated. Often the cost of the updated maps may not make it worth it.
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Why cell coverage required for gps?
Phone has an A-GPS uses cell towers to receive "time to fix" and triangulation with only 2 satellite available. Standalone will try to retrieve min. 7 satellites if I remember correctly on my old GPS. The time to fix can be sped up, by updating satellite position for next few weeks relating to where they will be.
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