Garmin's New GPS Come With Free Maps For Life

Garmin's upping the ante in the local GPS space; instead of a limited time "free maps" offer, its latest range will come with map upgrades for the entire life of the product. One of the more irksome factors when buying a GPS is that, historically speaking, map upgrades have been horrendously expensive things. I've long held that (unless you're a taxi driver) you probably don't need to update your maps every single quarter — errors in the original maps notwithstanding — but it's undeniable that driving along a road that your GPS insists isn't there is weird, as well as unsettling as it scrambles to put you back on track.

We've seen GPS makers offer limited time "lifetime" map upgrades in the past, but Garmin's latest offer relates to its entire 2012 nüvi 2000/3000 ranges. Buy one, and Garmin will supply Navteq maps for the life of the product, or whenever Navteq stops supplying them with map data, according to the terms and conditions. The nüvi range this year runs from $249 for the nüvi 2455LM up to $549 for the nüvi 3590LMT. [Garmin]


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    It would be nice if the nuvi 3590LMT was actually listed as available on Garmin AU website.

      further to that if you actually click the 2012 linup on the AU site..
      it only lists 3 units.. 30,40,50 which i guess dont fall under this offer

      The 3450, 3490 and 3590 are due "late february" with the rest of the range due in March.

        Thanks Alex, yes the 3000 series range will be in stores early march with the 2000 series later that month and all will come with Lifetime maps with registration details in the box.

    Very weird Gizmodo hasn't picked up on this before, my 2 year old garmin asus phone now tells me unlimited updates as of the last update and required you to resettle the terms which also said "Buy one, and Garmin will supply Navteq maps for the life of the product, or whenever Navteq stops supplying them with map data".

    So I think it is not only these devices but some of the old ones also.

    I was searching a few days back and found an offer for the same from whereis.
    I even considered buying the package for my existing sat-nav.

    http://www.whereismaps.com/buy-map-updates.aspx

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