TomTom Map Update Program
Update: Want to know what we think of the new maps? Hint, it is good news. Check out our article where we compare navteq and tele atlas.
The folks at TomTom wrote me this morning to let me know about the new TomTom Map Update program. The Map Updates program offers a discount on updated maps for the full line of TomTom products. From today through February 9, 2007 you can get updated maps for $49.95. (These updates typically cost $149.95 so this is a fantastic offer.) The new maps are free (plus shipping and handling) for 910, 510, TomTom ONE, and NAVIGATOR 6 products. If you want to update the maps on a GO, 300 & 700, RIDER, or TomTom NAVIGATOR 5 you pay the $49.95 upgrade price. So what is new in the new maps?
There are over 410,000 miles of new roads, six million new addresses, new POIs for shopping centers and golf courses, better details of road limitations such as one way streets, signposts, and restricted turns, and over 500,000 new POIs. The new data is based on the most current Tele Atlas data released in October. So this is fresh data.
The same deal applies if you live in Canada for the same shipping cost of $6.00.
The TomTom Map Update program will then ship you a DVD containing the new maps of the USA and Canada. If you don’t have a DVD drive you can take the DVD to many local TomTom dealers for installation.
And one final important note, backup your favorites before installing the new map update! Your favorites are in a file called mapsettings.cfg which is in the folder of your map name. This will be overwritten during installation so backup the file, then restore it to the previous location after the update is complete.
You can find details on the program here.