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TomTom XL 330


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  1. Can somebody tell me what chipset, processor speed and RAM this model has (XL330)? Is this model better than the ONE XLS model? How about the Garmin nuvi 255W and Garmin nuvi 650? I cannot decide which one I should buy as a gift for my husband.

    Vicky - December 5th, 2008
  2. Vicky, GPS manufacturers don’t typically confirm those specs, and even when we can find out by cracking the case and peeking inside, those specs often change mid-production. They also can’t be reliably used for comparison purposes due to differences in software. For example there are many devices that just due to software efficiencies have a slower processor but run faster than other devices with faster processors.

    Tim - December 5th, 2008
  3. wich gps, .with a great price- can work, or how will work in Mexico???

    Paul Weber - February 22nd, 2009
    • I have tried to get maps for my Garmin in Mexico and except for Mexico City, there aren’t any.
      Not sure about Tomtom since I can’t figure out how to use either their website or GPS.

      Larry - August 3rd, 2009
      • I have been unable to speak to a person re: my Garmin anytime I have tried for 3 years. I don’t think anyone works there or they can’t answer the phone, you know the thing you put to your ear, dial some numbers and no one answers.

        John - June 12th, 2011
  4. We just bought some TomTom 330 units and it says they need to be charged for 2 hrs. The only charger with it is for the car. Is this what they are referring to? If so, does the car have to be running to charge them?

    Linda B - March 1st, 2009
    • Yes, that is the charger they are referring to. If the car has to be turned on or not depends on the car– some are wired to allow that, some are not.

      Tim - March 1st, 2009
      • The 330 can be charged at home with the usb cable hooled up to you computer. Just plug it in and leave the unit off if you are not down loading anything from TomTom Home.

        Zane - March 23rd, 2009
        • actually, I got a usb cable for my tomtom330 and was able to charge it by connecting it to my computer.
          hope this helps.

          Ravi - December 17th, 2009
  5. My new 330 XL does not speak the street names when telling me to turn. It only says “turn left in 400′” etc.
    Isn’t this unit supposed to speak the street names?
    How do I re-set the menu prefernces et?

    Joel - May 18th, 2009
    • Joel, the XL 330 does not have text-to-speech. The XL 330s does.

      Tim - May 18th, 2009
      • Sorry…I do have the XL 330s. I was under the understanding that the unit is supposed to speak the street names. It only says (for example) “Turn left in 400′ I’d like it to name the street that I am supposed to turn on. Can that be changed in the preferences?
        Please advise.

        Joel - May 18th, 2009
  6. I keep my XL330 plugged into my PC with the USB cord when it is not in use so that the battery stays charged. The unit will turn itself on from time to time. I haven’t been able to connect this to any other event, I just walk into the room and find it on. When it happens I push the button to trun it off and all is well until the next time. Is there anything I can do to keep this from happening? I doubt that it is doing any real harm but it’s just really annoying.
    Thanks –

    Mike - July 4th, 2009
  7. I have the Tom Tom XL 330 in Canada, and downloaded the free USA-Canada map update that came with it. That mostly works fine. I have now received the RDS-TMC 9V00 101 traffic receiver from a UK supplier. My device tells me this traffic receiver will not work with my map version. Question: Is the problem that I need to buy a new version of the USA-Canada map? Or should I have ordered my RDS-TMC receiver from North America rather than the UK?

    John G Jessop - September 24th, 2009
    • You need the North America traffic receiver in North America. The UK traffic receiver is designed to work with the European traffic system and will not work in North America. The receivers are different.

      Tim - September 24th, 2009
      • OK, a lesson learned. However, it’s worth pointing out that Tom Tom is very sparing with its use of part numbers and does not distinguish between the European and North American versions of its RDS-TMC receiver or even the versions needed for its range of GPS models. So it’s very easy in this global marketplace to order the wrong thing, even when the part number is known. Maybe Tom Tom can fix this.

        John G Jessop - September 24th, 2009
  8. My tom tom XL330s will not let me aquire the home feature, the symbol is shadded dark and not lite up like the others. Is this because i have too many other features running?

    John Thomas - January 3rd, 2010
    • The Home button will be disabled like that if no home location is set.

      Tim - January 3rd, 2010
  9. Santa bought himself the XL330 and is generally happy with it BUT where is this so-called manual? There was a little booklet in the box but it is very general in nature. I’d like the full manual version so that I can make maximum use of the GPS functions. I feel there is more to it. I’d like to reset everything such as correct time etc as when I took it out of the box I wanted to “get on with it” and come back to the detail at a later date. It is now the later date to get familiar with the product.
    Where’s the manual?

    Ben - January 17th, 2010
  10. With the TomTom xl330 can I load outside POI files?
    Do I have to have a special POI loader program as I do with
    my Garmin?
    Thank you for any information you can give me.

    Eddie - April 8th, 2010
  11. I received the XL 330 model as a gift for Christmas 2009. Five months into owning this model it just STOPPED powering on. Prior to this it was working fine! I tried charging via usb computer connection and in the car. The red light would indicate charging but it would not show a connection on the computer. Same in the car the red light would indicate charging but never turn green to indicate a completed charge. After charging on the computer and in the car the device still would not turn on. I am so disappointed.


    Dorothy - May 11th, 2010
    • Since it is still under warranty have you phoned TomTom support?

      Tim - May 11th, 2010
  12. I just bought the Tomtom XL330S yesterday and it is AMAZING! I have to refute all the negative comments for this product because I don’t think it does this product justice. The GPS comes with nice pleasant voices that read street names and everything and you can even download different ones if you want. Also, for all the complaints about the annoying mount mechanism, it’s a very clever and innovative way of mounting the GPS. It isn’t as easy to stick as a big suction cup, but then again, the twist suction thing works better and is way more aesthetically pleasing. The volume changes based on your car’s speed which is super cool! Also, I had no problem with memory cause I downloaded new maps, icons, voices and still had memory left! A must buy! And sooo affordable!

    Mickey - June 23rd, 2010
    • Is there a way to get a free upgrade of the original map from the tomtom site? All I see there is the option to purchase an update.

      Gerri - July 25th, 2010
  13. I am generally happy with the XL330 and have downloaded the Safety Camera (paid) option. Problem is how do I advise of new cameras or an existing one that has been changed from a red light camera to a “safety” camera? There are two speed cameras that have been around for a while but no alert is fired off for one and the red light alert fires off for the other (and I have all alerts turned on). How reliable is this? – I have paid for it and I should get up-to-date value for money. Sydney is becoming a Revenue Raising City!

    Ben - June 25th, 2010
  14. I have a TomTom 330 xl, and I’m trying to use it for Geocaching or walking to co-ordinates. I would like to disable the Static navigation feature. If we go below a certain speed the GPS will not update the position, this is a pain if your walking because it will only update every 50 meters or so.

    I’m up for anything to make it work properly.

    phil - July 10th, 2010
  15. how do you get tomtom text back to english dont know what language its in

    elmer sheets - March 20th, 2011
  16. I have a XL330 that I haven’t used in a while and Ive downloaded the latest map version, however no matter what I do even a reset I get a message on the unit saying Poor GPS reception. Even if I leave it out in the open. Is there anything I can do?

    Ernest Watson - April 3rd, 2011
    • Ernest, see our article Acquiring Satellites for a bit of help. You might need to clear the ephemeris data from your device, check out our TomTom ONE Forum for additional help.

      Tim - April 4th, 2011

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