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TomTom RDS-TMC Traffic In USA


Update: Yes, the traffic service is now available in the USA. You can read about how it works on our GPS Traffic page.

Currently, the only traffic service available for TomTom devices in the USA utilizes a data connection on a mobile phone to retrieve the traffic information. However that service is difficult to use for many people because there are only a handful of compatible phones and compatible phone data plans from carriers here in the USA. However it appears that is soon about to change as it looks like TomTom will soon unveil a RDS-TMC traffic solution in the USA. So what is the advantage of this type of delivery? Instead of relying on a (sometimes costly) data plan from your phone carrier, this service receives information over radio waves through a special antenna.

TomTom RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver

We’ve heard hints that the RDS-TMC traffic service will come across the pond to the USA for TomTom devices, and those hints are growing stronger. However the strongest evidence now comes directly from TomTom’s website, in reference to the 6.522 application update for the 910, 710, and 510. In the update notes it says this:

Support for the RDS-TMC Traffic Receiver for the USA.

Well that seems pretty straightforward!

We’ve also heard from customers who have spoken with TomTom and have been told a traffic receiver is in the works for the USA.

We don’t know when, or how much the service will cost. In Europe, customers pay roughly $135 for the traffic receiver and that gives you a lifetime use for the service. However over there a portion of the traffic information is available from government organizations; we don’t expect to see it available for free here.

115 Responses

  1. I just thought I’d reiterate a quick tip someone mentioned to me, that I’ve since confirmed through systematic testing. You can dramatically improve reception by unplugging the power cable from the GPS. Of course then you are running on battery power and not charging the battery which is a really bad trade-off…. but it does considerably improve reception.

    Tim - September 1st, 2008
  2. What is the latest on the RDS-TMS for Atlanta? I just bought a 930T, and like everyone else on this thread I am not getting any traffic updates.

    Clifford - September 16th, 2008
  3. My TT3rd has had traffic in Atl for about 2 months. Works great. Lots of channals to choose from. The bad part is that it tells you what you already know; the traffic in the Atl sucks.

    Rick - September 17th, 2008
  4. Just a quick note that TomTom released a software update for the traffic receiver recently through TomTom HOME. They listed the following in the notes.

    RDS-TMC supplier data

    This update will allow your TomTom device to connect to the right RDS-TMC provider in each country. We recommend that you install this file on your device so that you have the latest provider information and the best traffic performance.

    Tim - October 10th, 2008
  5. Much like smudger at #63, when i plug the RDS/TMC in to the tomtotm i get a message telling me that the RDS/TMC cannot be used in combination with the current map (North America). TomTom Support had me use my Latest Map upgrade and stated it would correct the issue. It did not work. Any suggestions?

    Andre - November 13th, 2008
  6. Andre, most of the time I’ve seen that error message the person was incorrectly sold, or incorrectly purchased the European version of the traffic receiver which looks the same but has different internal components.

    Tim - November 13th, 2008
  7. The update worked for me.

    Clifford - November 15th, 2008
  8. Any updates on Atlanta?

    Melinda - December 25th, 2008
  9. Atl has been up for a while and is working great.

    Rick - December 27th, 2008
    • How long ago did it come back up?

      Tim - December 28th, 2008
  10. It has worked since around April or May

    Rick - December 29th, 2008
  11. Have a Tom-Tom ONE. New at this. Should I upgrade/install the RDS Tmc? Does it cost extra money? Also should I install/update to the phone? Or do these things just cause problems?

    Kathie - July 3rd, 2009
  12. The RDS-TMC does cost extra and only comes with a one year subscription (US only).

    David - July 4th, 2009
  13. European version, North American version, everyone adresses different version but does anyony really know which is which by cable ID tag.

    Terry - August 24th, 2009
  14. I was told that tomtom has traffic cable that has no feed yearly or they have a software for your gps do any one where they have it or download unable to find it

    mike - June 14th, 2010

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