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TomTom ONE 3rd Edition


In what seems like an effort to confuse everyone, TomTom has announced the TomTom ONE third edition. Which of course you should not confuse with the ONE XL or the ONE Regional… but you should also not confuse it with the original ONE, ONE regional, ONE 2d Edition, ONE 2nd Edition Regional…. Okay, I’ve made my point. We’ve already received emails from confused potential customers and I can’t blame them. But anyway, here we go, the TomTom ONE 3rd Edition. So what is different about it?

Possibly the most important distinction to make is that the ONE 3rd Edition will not have Bluetooth. And I think this was a good move on TomTom’s part. While they are making things confusing with the product naming pattern, customers were generally confused about the Bluetooth feature on the ONE 2nd Edition thinking that it could only mean hands-free calling… which of course it wasn’t. So eliminating Bluetooth completely and reducing the price is probably a good move.

The 3rd Edition of the ONE will also pickup MapShare. It is great to see the community expand with more devices.

However there are a few items from NavCore 7 that are not included in the third edition ONE since it comes with NavCore 7 “Lite”. You won’t get Itinerary planning (so you only get one via point per route), no custom car icons, and no voice recording among a few other features. If all you need from those is Itinerary Planning, consider the ONE 2nd Edition, otherwise consider the 720.

Under the hood the TomTom ONE v3 will come with a standard 3.5″ display, 1 GB of internal memory, and a connector to attach an optional RDS-TMC traffic receiver. Thankfully, simple traffic option will be available on this entry level device.

Identifying the 3rd Edition

So how do you tell apart the second and third editions? Surrounding the screen of the second edition is a black border, with the TomTom name in the lower left corner of the border in silver type. The Third Edition ONE has a silver border with the name TomTom in the lower center in black type. That is the easiest way to tell them apart.

The 3rd Edition is already shipping in Europe, and should be arriving in the USA sometime in September with a MSRP price of $249.

349 Responses

  1. Timmy – Depending on the application and map version you are running you can use TomTom MapShare to correct the issue on your device as well as share that change with other TomTom users.

    Tim - November 23rd, 2008
  2. I just received one of these and have a question. I have seen other GPS’ where when you are typing in an address the letters that are no options will gray out. What is this called and does this have it? I don’t see an option for it, and it doesn’t seem to do it automatically.

    Justin - December 2nd, 2008
  3. Different manufacturers have a different name for that feature…. QuickSpell, predictive keyboard, etc. The TomTom does not have that feature. Instead it takes into consideration spelling errors and constantly gives feedback of likely guesses of what you are typing.

    Tim - December 2nd, 2008
  4. I have a Tomtom One 3rd edition and have used it 5 times for 5 different locations and every time it has sent me to the wronge side of the road.If the residence was on the Right side Tomtom would tell me its on the left.I have updated and called support.

    Bob - December 20th, 2008
  5. I am torn between the TomTom GPS Unit – Black/ Silver (XL 330) and the TomTom GPS Unit – Black/ Silver (XL 330S). What is the difference and which would you recommend?

    Tamara - January 7th, 2009
    • The 330s includes Text To Speech. I’d go with that. 🙂

      Tim - January 8th, 2009
  6. I have a list of 20,000 outlook contacts. I would like to take some of those that are in my sales territory (approx. 5000) and upload them into my tom tom. Is this possible? would I need specific software to do this?

    Mike - January 8th, 2009
    • It is possible, but the first thing you would need is the lat/lon coordinates for each location. You would need to run the addresses through a geocoder first to get those coordinates.

      Tim - January 9th, 2009
  7. which is a better unit!!!! the TT 125 or the TT 3rd edition!!

    Terry Cole - January 28th, 2009
    • The 125.

      Tim - January 28th, 2009
  8. why is the tomtom 125 a better unit than the 3rd edit..???

    Terry Cole - January 28th, 2009
    • It has a newer user interface and a newly designed mount that is more convenient than the older design.

      Tim - January 30th, 2009
  9. Dear Tim: Does Tom Tom 3 – third edition have computer names that spell out street names? Many thanks.

    Dottie - February 6th, 2009
    • It does have “computer names” and it does spell out street names on the screen. But I suspect you might be trying to ask “does it have Text To Speech?” It does not.

      Tim - February 6th, 2009
  10. I bought one of these a year ago and have had constant problems with it freezing. Up to a few months ago, I was able to reformat the device. then re-download the software. It crashed again the other day and Ive now found tomtom dont allow to re-download any more, but charge full price for the up to date map. I had Western Europe but would be happy with UK and ROI but why should I have to pay again??? Aren’t they acting illegally charging again?

    ( Reason I didnt have a backup was because the tomtom caused my whole system to crash and I had to do a complete reinstall of XP, losing the backup of tomtom)

    Dave - February 7th, 2009
  11. Tim:
    Have had my TomTom One 3rd ed. for about six months.
    Am amazed at the accuracy. Love it.
    Am going on a Carribean cruise shortly and would like to take this GPS to show the ship’s aprox location, just for fun. TT customer support says can’t be done. Seems if I use “Where am I?” feature in “Help me!” it would at least give me my lat&lon. What do you think?

    Roger - February 7th, 2009
    • It would give you lat/long and show your position on a world map, but not much more.

      Tim - February 9th, 2009
      • Thanks Tim.
        Does the TT1-3 have a worle map to which you refer?
        I am trying to locate a good paper map of the Caribbean with lat/long coordinates to determine our position.

        Roger - February 9th, 2009
        • It has a very basic world map. You can view it by going to Menu -> Browse Map. You can zoom in and out and pan around to see what is there.

          Tim - February 9th, 2009
    • This is a follow-up on my inquiry of Feb 7th, 2009.
      Took my TomTom GPS on Caribbean cruise and it was a lot of fun for me. I had copied maps from online and took them along. By going to “where am I”, at any point on the trip I could get the latitude & longitude, refer to the maps and know exactly where we were. When we were near land the islands were shown on the screen, correct shape but not labeled. A TV channel in our cabin also gave our lat & long and it checked perfectly.
      Had to take GPS onto our balcony to pick up the satellites as the steel structues blocked them when inside.

      Roger - April 8th, 2009
  12. I want to pdse an inexpensive unit for day trips and to use on a 6-day cross-country trip, spending much time on Rt.66. Would you recommend TT 125 or 3rd edition or Garmin StreetPilot or another? I am researching refurbished units under $100 that are very easy to use. Thanks for your help.

    Ronna - February 15th, 2009
  13. How do I set the time? Mine is off by an hour and in the manual it says to tap on the clock icon but I can’t find a menu with an icon like that.

    Rick - March 22nd, 2009
  14. I’ve never used a GPS before however I am shopping around for one to use driving from Ontario to Newfoundland Canada. I have found a few that are reasonably priced Tomtom 1 3rd edition,magellan 3000t or Magellan Maestro 4050. Which would you recommend for a cross Canada trip?

    Karen - March 26th, 2009
  15. My parents have given me a TomTom One 3rd Edition. I’d like to connect it to my MacBook Pro. They didn’t give me a cord to connect it to my USB port. Where do I find a cord for this?

    Mark - March 29th, 2009
  16. Where would I find free map downloads for my TomTom ONE 3rd edition on the web. I did an upadte and it wiped all of my maps from my system????

    Brian - May 1st, 2009
    • Brian, there are no free map downloads. If you wiped them out during an update, then call TomTom for support– they should be able to help.

      Tim - May 1st, 2009
      • Hey Tim, Thanks for your reply. I will try that on Monday.


        Brian - May 1st, 2009
  17. what can I do to my tomtom 3 edition it has frozen on the start up screen?? need this for my work and need it working. Please help

    John - May 27th, 2009
    • John, I’d try using TomTom HOME to delete and then reinstall the application.

      Tim - June 1st, 2009
  18. Trying to find how i can do a update for my tomtom

    Tammy - June 17th, 2009
    • Tammy, the TomTom HOME software (tomtom.com/home) will show you what updates are available for your GPS.

      Tim - June 17th, 2009
  19. Split my time between California and Canada and got a 3rd edition as a Christmas gift, still have free downloads from Tomtom. My advice, don’t get a TomTom if you live in North America. 1) Mapshare technology is useless, I have uploaded several changes and TomTom has never incorporated any of them. 2) Roads near my new home (including a new 6 lane major freeway) are >6 years old, they still don’t show up on the latest TomTom maps – I still have free map downloads as my unit is <1 year old. 3) On a recent trip to Disneyland, it failed to find the Disneyland hotel by its street address, we were in the 800 block when the address is in the 1500 block. 4) Whatever route planning software it uses, it favors certain routes, in the L.A. area, it frequently adds 50-100 miles to a trip because it chooses to ignore the direct route in favor of certain other ones. Even with manual intervention (i.e. adding waypoints) it refuses to choose the direct route. 5) Whoever programmed in the carpool lanes in the L.A. area did half the job, the machine will constantly tells you to get out of the lane before an intersection only to merge back in after the intersection.

    If you have the chance, test it out at the store by asking it to plot a drive that you a familiar with, you will be surprised at the results. I tested it against Googlemap and Mapquest, both Googlemap and Mapquest gave me perfect directions from my home to disneyland (basically, get on highway, merge left, merge right then take the Disneyland exit), the TomTom route added 60 miles and 4 extra route changes.

    TJ - September 24th, 2009
    • Since this model doesn’t have the TomTom IQ Routes feature the routes picked (and time estimates) are often questionable.

      Tim - September 24th, 2009
  20. The Tom-Tom 3rd edition is the only GPS unit I’ve owned. There is one small, location-specific problem which I can’t seem to get Tom-Tom to address.

    I live in a small town (Rocky Ford) in southeastern Colorado. Tom-Tom’s maps display this town as “Vroman, CO”. It will accept corrections to the right town name, but still, at rest in the car in the middle of town, says the surrounding town is “Vroman”. I did some research. There was a town of Vroman about six miles from here in the 1890s. By WW II it was long gone. The railroad uses the name to refer to some sections of track, and the USGS named its quadrant map for this area the “Vroman Quadrant”. But the town of Rocky Ford has been called Rocky Ford since its founding in 1878. The USPS does not recognize “Vroman” as a legitimate postal address town name.

    And still — my Tom-Tom calls the town I live in “Vroman”. This is irritating enough to tempt me to buy a different unit. I’m wondering if buying a unit from a different manufacturer would help.

    Catriona - March 21st, 2010
    • Catriona, you can purchase a different brand GPS that likely won’t have that error, but it will likely have different errors. Pretty much all GPS companies use maps from one of two digital mapping companies. See our NAVTEQ VS Tele Atlas for details on the two. But I wouldn’t change GPS devices based on one map error as they will all have many map errors.

      Tim - March 21st, 2010
  21. Once in a while, the tomtom 3rd edition displays “safety lock”…it will then not allow me to put in a new address…what is ths?…and How do I unenable this safety lock?

    Amy Hudson - June 15th, 2010
  22. I am visiting San Francisco shortly with an Australian TT One 3rd Edition that has 521MB of memory. The US maps TT sell are 769.2 MB and obviously wont install, their price is another story…Do they do a light version of US maps that you know of?

    Morgan - October 30th, 2010
    • Morgan, did yours ONE come with a SD card slot? That could be an option. Otherwise while TomTom did sell “regional” USA map packages awhile back (that would be smaller) I haven’t seen them offered recently.

      Tim - November 2nd, 2010
    • Morgan, what I do when I want to use a second map on the TomTom that the memory can’t handle (and the 3rd edition doesn’t have an SD slot) is to transfer the main map to my computer, then delete it from the TomTom (which produces a warning message that you need at least one map for it to function), then download the second map I want to use. When I’m done using that second map, I transfer it to the computer, erase it from the TomTom, and retrieve the original map from the computer using TomTom’s own management software.

      Catriona - November 2nd, 2010
  23. Bought the 3rd ed in Oct 2007. Went to Gr Canyon last yr and while driving thru Az screen went dark, but voice directions kept going. So unit became useless for viewing or anything else. Got home, hooked up to my PC, and worked on Pc, as far as commands. Called Tom Tom, they said nothing they could do. Wouldnt even recommend a repair station. Ironically my son n law has same unit, and same thing happened to him. Anyway to inter change screen, or get repaired someplace? Trying to stay with Tom Tom, but they are sure making it hard to do.

    bill - November 25th, 2010
  24. Its a shame that you have to buy maps from the website just to get road updates. I think other gps manufacturers update without charge.

    Joe - January 16th, 2011
    • Pretty much all of the major GPS companies handle maps the same way. (And that is to be expected as they all license maps from one of two major mapping suppliers in North America.) You either pay for a map update, or purchase a GPS which specifically includes a certain amount of map updates (including “lifetime) built into the cost of the GPS.

      The fact of the matter is that it costs quite a bit of money to drive and map all of the new roads, and those costs need to be offset somewhere.

      Tim - January 20th, 2011
  25. When I start up my TT one 3rd edition I get the “this device belongs to:” screen and when I tap continue it goes straight to the house number screen and when I tap on 2,3,4,or 5 it types out the number 1, when I tap on 7,8,9,0 it types out 6. When I tap “done” it activates the go back arrow. In short, when I tap the right side of the screen the commands on the left are activated, please advise what to do.

    Perry - January 29th, 2011
    • Have you tried to rest it?

      Tim - February 7th, 2011
  26. I have, several times. Any suggestions?

    Perry - February 7th, 2011
    • Contact TomTom support.

      Tim - February 7th, 2011
  27. I have had a 3rd edition ONE for several years. [3-4] Recently, I have trouble typing letters in the search screen, as if the screen has adjusted. In other words, when I type a letter, the letter above it hilights so you have to type the letter below the actual letter wanted. Also, the bottom functions have the same effect. I love my GPS, but is there a way for me to fix this! thanks.

    JAMIE - February 20th, 2011
  28. I have had my Tomtom One third edition for about 3 years. Was recently told I could update online for free. I am a senior citizen with limited knowledge of computer and need some help in this process.

    Milli Lee - August 14th, 2011
  29. Sorry if this has already been asked and answered however, I have a tomtom one 3rd edition and somehow it has enabled ‘safety lock’ of its own accord and I can’t take it off. I think it has limited me using the tomtom to its full potential and does not allow me to change my preferences, even down to ‘avoid part of route’ being removed. So how do I disable the lock? Thanks in advance and anticipation.

    nadine - December 19th, 2011

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