Free Traffic Kit for Magellan RoadMate 3000T

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So, Magellan is offering a special bonus this holiday season, a free traffic kit for Magellan 3000T buyers. The offer goes from now until the end of January. It's valued at $149, so it's a pretty good deal on a little bit of technology that could save you some time. so the unsaid message here is NOT to buy the Magellan 3050T, which is the 3000T with the traffic kit. Why pay for the 3050T when you can get the upgrade for free?

The traffic kit receives TMC signals that will alert you to traffic issues ahead. There is an introductory period of free service and then you will need to pay about $60 per year after that.

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November 21, 2006

Black Friday GPS Update

OK; I am going on record to tell you to get out there early. I had been hoping that the Deals on the GPS units, specifically the Mio C310x were going to go relatively unnoticed when compared to the computers and the TVs by the greater community at large. GPS systems are pretty big in my life; I mean hey, I write a blog on them and everything, but I wasn't sure about how big they were for other folks. Judging from the volume of traffic, emails and inquiries about the Mio C310x deal, I think that this will be a big quick sellout on them. So I would advise getting out there early. Good luck.

-Scott

  • Compare the Mio C310 vs C310x
  • My review of the Mio C310


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  • November 19, 2006

    TomTom Rebate Form - $50 off

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    Thanks to reader John S who sent this in. We have the the TomTom Rebate form available here. The TomTom rebate is available for the tomTom GO 300, GO700, GO510, GO910, ONE, and Rider.

    The rebate is good for purchases November 22 through December3. See our Black Friday post for deals on GPS units.

    Download TomTom Rebate Form

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    November 17, 2006

    Steals and Deals on GPS Units - 11/17

    The Big news on low prices this week is what's happening next week - namely BLACK FRIDAY - the big deal day the day after Thanksgiving. Check out my Black Friday GPS Deals post for all the up to date news and discussion.

    You know that TomTom is planning a Holiday $50 discount campaign. Can you wait to get your hands on the TomTom ONE? A $50 discount might make it more attractive - program to start 11/22/06. See our Review of the TomTom ONE


    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Magellan RoadMate 760 - Price drops on this brings it to about $360!

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 Recent Price easing to $829, still well shy of the $1000 list price. - See our review - It's the best GPS I have used. also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price.
  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $520.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $580; breaking the $600 barrier.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $400 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $460. Optional traffic capability. See our review.

  • "2 'fer" Deal at MotionBased - Not really a deal on a GPS, but if you buy a year's subscription to the GPS fitness service, you get a second one free.

    More after the jump....

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  • November 15, 2006

    Black Friday GPS Deals








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    Update: I put up another post on when I think you need to get out for these deals.... and a Thanksgiving Day post on some new GPS deals.

    For breaking news on Black Friday and an update check out Black Friday GPS Mop Up - the Mio C310x Fest.

    Didn't get what you wanted? Need some guidance on what GPS to buy? - Check out our Holiday GPS Buying Guide


    Everyone knows about the door busting deals that the day after Thanksgiving can bring, and how stores usually offer a lot of cheap computers, or TVs. Now that GPS units have gone mainstream, they too are rumored to be on some circulars. Also, remember that TomTom is starting a new $50 promotion starting 11/22, running through 12/3, which is no doubt fueling some of these discounts on the TomTom ONE.

    Some deals better than others; I think the best deal here is the Mio C310x for $149, or the Garmin C340 for $349.

    Some Info on the Hot Mio C310x:

  • Review of the new Mio C310x GPS
  • My review of the Mio C310
  • Comparison of the Mio C310 vs. Mio C310x
  • My Review of the new Mio H610 which uses a similar navigation software package as the upgraded Mio C310x.
  • "Who's Mio?" - The #3 GPS Brand in Europe

    Now the Deals........
    Best Buy
    Garmin Nuvi 350 - $499 (Read: Nuvi 350 Review or Comparison of the Nuvi Line)
    Magellan RoadMate 2000 - $279

    Circuit City
    Garmin StreetPilot C340 - $349 (read my review of the Garmin StreeetPilot C340)
    Mio Digiwalker C310x - $149 (read my review of the Mio C310)

    CompUSA - Running a T-Giving Night sale on items, including the Mio. 9PM - Midnight.
    Mio Digiwalker 310x - $179 (read my review of the Mio C310)
    Black Friday Deals - They will also offer several other GPS devices on Friday but the prices are easily matched or beaten online.
    Garmin C330 - $399 (Read: Garmin C330 Review or Compare the Garmin C-series line)
    TomTom ONE - $449
    Magellan 2000 - $399

    OfficeMax
    Averatec Voya 320 - $224

    Radio Shack
    Magellan eXplorist handheld - $99
    Magellan RoadMate 300 - $199

    Sam's Club
    Polaroid GPS - $399

    Sears
    Dual GPS - $249

    Staples
    Mio Digiwalker C310x - $149 (read my review of the Mio C310)
    TomTom ONE - $449 (read my review of the TomTom ONE)

    Update: Yes the Circuit City model will be the Mio C310x. I am getting more info on the "x" designation; which is at a minimum a software upgrade. Thanks to Larry (comment below) for pointing this out. More news as it comes..... -Scott

    Update #2: I just stopped by a Staples store and they are re-setting the entire shelf with GPS units. The manager confirmed that Staples too has the Mio C310x on their shelves where it will retail for $449 regular price, although I have seen a scanned ad stating $399 regular price.

    Update #3: I just got confirmation that the Mio C310x uses a Mio branded version of the iGo navigation engine. That software is similar to what is on the Mio H610. Good looking software and interface. Hope this helps.

    Update #4 - 11/16: - I have confirmation from a representative of Mio that the Mio C310x is the unit that will be sold on Black Friday. There was some concern if the model was going to be the C310 or the C310x.

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  • Holiday GPS Buying Guide - Best GPS Gifts

    It's that time of year again when big things come in little packages. Here's to all those presents that have your name on them, and maybe even those that you wrap up for someone else. Here's a list of GPS units that I think are sound units and a good value for what you are getting. That doesn't mean that they are the cheapest models, just that they are solid and offer a lot of features for the money. I prefer flat models and I think that the industry is moving in that direction. There’s a premium to pay for that convenience, so check out some of the non-flat models if you want lower prices or other features. Finally, there are a few great handhelds and fitness models out there for gifting; see below.

    Best Automotive GPS Overall
    nuvi660sm.jpgIt's the one I would want to rip open as my present: The Garmin Nuvi 660. I loved it and it worked very well - read my review. The screen is the brightest and best I have seen. It's top of the line features like Bluetooth integration and traffic alerts sit atop a platform of solid navigation in a beautiful flat form factor. At Amazon and GPSNow.


    Flat Form Factor GPS Units I Recommend
    Mio C310x - yes, this little beauty with a recently upgraded interface running a Mio version of the iGo software is an inexpensive, but decent little GPS. (Read my Review) If you are fortunate, you might snag one on Black Friday in what I think is the best deal this year on a GPS. $149 on Black Friday; ~$400 everyday.

    tomtomonesm.jpgTomTom ONE (if you have a data connected phone) - has a flat form factor and it offers TomTom PLUS services (like traffic feeds and weather forecasts) through a data connection on your mobile phone. (Read My Review of the TomTom ONE) $449 on Black Friday and about $499 everyday.

    Garmin Nuvi 350 - (Compare the Nuvi Line) Well designed and solid. No traffic (optional add-on antenna for traffic), and no handsfree Bluetooth connections, but flat, and a great navigator at a decent price. At Amazon and GPSNow.


    Non-Flat GPS units I Recommend

    If you want an inexpensive GPS and are considering an i-series Garmin (i3, or i5), I very much recommend moving up to a Garmin C-series product; the experience is better with the larger touchscreen. I say this because a lot of readers have returned them and bought the C-series after using the i-series for a while. While I think that the i-series is a good navigator, the slight upcharge (~$40 from i5 to C330) is worth it for the C-series, consider one of these two below.

    Economical GPS for the Computer Savvy
    c320sm.jpgOutright best value is to buy the Garmin StreetPilot C320 and add a 1GB SD card. The user will need to download the maps from the included maps disc to the 1GB SD card. This will cost you under $300 for a very functional easy to use GPS. At Amazon and GPSNow

    Economical Out of the Box Navigation
    Garmin StreetPilot C330 - (Compare the SteetPilot Line) has preloaded maps so you don't need to worry about downloading data to an SD card. Turn by Turn directions, preloaded maps, millions of Points of Interest. At Amazon and GPSNow

    Best GPS Navigation Software
    DeLorme StreetAtlas 2007 - this is great software for the PC. I love the interface and the long list of capabilities and features. I am finishing up my review on this, but I will tell you this is a great way to plan and go for long roadtrips. Best handled with a co-pilot as you can really get a lot out of the software with this while driving.

    Handhelds
    Best Handheld All Around

    Garmin GPSMap 60CSx – this model line recently got upgraded to include the SiRF star III chipset and add-on memory cards to increase the amount of map data you can carry. Big screen, altimeter and electronic compass make this the top of the line and it’s built on a good base of features that make a handheld GPS worth having. I am using this model right now and will write up a review in the coming days. $50 Rebate through 12/31 - At Amazon and GPSNow.

    Best Pocketable Handheld
    Garmin eTrex Vista Cx – this smaller handheld GPS has a lot of the same features that the GPSMAP 60CSx has, only in a smaller package. The smaller screen is not hard to read, and the smaller screen means longer battery life. I have used a vista for a long time and like them a lot. $50 Rebate through 12/31 - At Amazon or GPSNow.

    Best Entry Level Handheld
    Garmin eTrex Venture Cx - Skip the monochrome units and move up the color unit with expandable memory and a USB connection for faster map downloads. With the rebate this is within range of the older generation monochrome, serial connection eTrex Legend; spend the extra money it’s worth it.
    $50 Rebate through 12/31 – At Amazon .


    Fitness GPS
    GPS for Runners

    Forerunner 305 – Improved heart rate monitor and watch-like fit on the wrist. Tracks progress and helps you train. I reviewed the Forerunner 205 and liked it; I would love the extra that the heartrate monitor adds. At Amazon .

    GPS for Bikers
    Edge 305 Bundle – similar to the Forerunner, this bikers GPS is sure to thrill. I know I want one. This will track your progress and has bike specific capabilities. Can be bought with heart rate monitor and a cadence monitor. I want it all, but you can get a less expensive combination with only one or the other. If that’s the case, I would drop the cadence and go with only the heart rate monitor version. At Amazon .


    Note: Both Mio and TomTom use Teleatlas maps which are currently less accurate than the NAVTEQ maps that Garmin uses (my experience). I know that Teleatlas is working hard to catch up, but this may be an issue for you if you live in an area where roads are rapidly changing and you absolutely need the best maps. Teleatlas has launched initiatives to get better map data and they are in the process of doing that now, so I think that the gap is closing.

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    November 14, 2006

    Price Watch - Nuvi 660 at $749

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    So, while Amazon has been flirting with low prices two places are actually doing it. The Garmin Nuvi 660 is potentially the must have GPS this year, and I personally think that it's the best GPS I have ever used (read my Review of Garmin Nuvi 660). Anyway, enough of the praise, but I have been frustrated with the pricing that's all over the place no this model.

    Two places I have recently seen it for a great price:

  • GPSNow also has the Nuvi 660 at $749 and a lot of my readers have told me that they are happy with their prompt service and fast shipping.

  • BJ's is a north east club chain from about Maryland to New England. I was in BJ's this past weekend and they had a pallet of Nuvi 660's available at $749 (the boxes were empty to prevent theft, but they had a ton behind the counter).

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  • November 10, 2006

    Steals and Deals on GPS's -11/10

    The news this week was that TomTom is planning a Holiday $50 discount campaign. Can you wait to get your hands on the TomTom ONE? A $50 discount might make it more attractive - program to start 11/22/06. See our Review of the TomTom ONE


    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Recently stumbled across the low price on the Mio C310 - less than $400 - check out our review of it, and consider it at this very motivating price.
  • Magellan RoadMate 760 - Price drops on this brings it to about $360!

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 Recent Price easing to $829, still well shy of the $1000 list price. - See our review - It's the best GPS I have used.
  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $529.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $589; breaking the $600 barrier.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $400 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $460. Optional traffic capability. See our review.

  • "2 'fer" Deal at MotionBased - Not really a deal on a GPS, but if you buy a year's subscription to the GPS fitness service, you get a second one free.

    More after the jump....

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  • October 27, 2006

    Steals and Deals on GPS's

    The news this week was that TomTom is planning a Holiday $50 discount campaign. Can you wait to get your hands on the TomTom ONE? A $50 discount might make it more attractive - program to start 11/22/06. See our Review of the TomTom ONE


    Deals on GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Recently stumbled across the low price on the Mio C310 - less than $400 - check out our review of it, and consider it at this very motivating price.
  • Magellan RoadMate 760 - Price drops on this brings it to about $360!

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 Sad news here - price went UP to $849, but still well shy of the $1000 list price. - See our review - It's the best GPS I have used.
  • Garmin Nuvi 350– recent price drops put it around $540.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 is now around $620.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now below $400 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $460. Optional traffic capability. See our review.

    More after the jump....

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  • October 23, 2006

    Hold it on that Garmin Nuvi 660 Party

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    So, the prices on the Nuvi 660 are getting me motion sick. On Friday we posted the $739 price over at amazon, and then by late Friday night, the price was up to $849. Anyway, I often find that they are responsive to commenting on their site. So, go on over to the Nuvi 660 page and leave a comment saying that other retailers are $100 cheaper. Who knows they might respond with a price drop. In my monitoring, I see micro-adjustments almost daily as they match pricing elsewhere, so they might move the price back down.

    Garmin Nuvi 660 Review and Comparison
    Want more information on the Nuvi 660: See our post to Compare the Nuvi 350 vs. 360 vs. 660, or our Garmin Nuvi 660 Review.

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