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Including data on street and highway changes, new roads, points of interest and more for the lifetime of your GPS.
Download up to 4 updates a year
To your compatible GPS to keep you informed while you're on the road.
Provides e-mail notification
To alert you when new data is available.
Includes detailed maps
For the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and the Bahamas.
Overall Customer Rating
3.6 (25 Reviews)
76% of customers recommend this product.
Cards Work Great - When Activated...
Posted by: WebCustomer from: MA on
I purchased two of these cards on-line (on sale) and picked them up at the store. The cards work great - when they are activated. Best Buy apparently has a problem activating these cards when you do not purchase them in the store. I had to make a second trip back to the store to exchange them for ones that actually work. One is a gift and good thing I found out now there was a problem before I gave it to the person! The good sale price made up for the aggravation.
30 out of 30 found this review helpful.
Lifetime updates GOOD. Card authentication BAD
Posted by: FB11 from: Charlotte, NC on
I am now a member of the club with the others who purchased this card as a web order and it would not activate at Garmin's site.
I purchased it in Boca Raton, FL while on vacation, Christmas Eve. On web-sale for $71.99, plus $10 reward certificate, brought the total to $61.99 (from $89.99). The store would not honor the web price, so I was forced to order it via my smartphone while in the store, and pick it up later. When I picked it up at the highly disorganized, chaotic Internet Order service desk, the clerk apparently did not bar-code scan the card since I'd already paid via the web. That's the problem.
Per the store Manager, this problem happens fairly often with the Garmin Lifetime Update card. Why? When the cards are sold through the cash register, the clerk does a barcode scan to ring up the purchase. Once it has been scanned and paid for, that particular card is authenticated thru Best Buy's server to Garmin's server. This prevents the easily stolen cards from being used. So, when you get home and log in to Garmin's site, the card has already been validated.
Solution - I explained all this to the clerk back home, she did an even exchange for a new card, and made sure to bar-code scan it. Works fine.
44 out of 49 found this review helpful.
Pay once for lifetime updates
Posted by: MackyB from: Seattle on
Having had an Navigation unit in my Odyssey (doesn't work as well as my Garmin) that cost $149 for each annual update, I like the Garmin lifetime update program because I only paid for it one time. I appreciate receiving an email whenever an update becomes available for download. The process does take a while so I start the download and go do something else while it completes the download. I, too, had to return to Best Buy to get the purchase activated.
15 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Better than buying the map updates one by one
Posted by: XAvenger from: on
With this card, you can download map updates for the life of the device for a one-time fee of $90 rather than the $75 for an individual update. This may sound more expensive in the short term, but it'll save you a lot of money in the long-term.
The only problem is it is a bear to get the maps installed. It takes forever to install the maps and longer to download. But you only have to do that once per year.
It's still better than buying multiple map updates over time.
16 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Do NOT buy online
Posted by: creviceg from: Boynton Beach, FL on
Bought 2 of these-one from BB since I had Reward $ and one from Newegg. Newegg card was fine. Had to go to BB store to get their's activated.
Very crummy experience overall for what should have been a simple online transaction.
23 out of 30 found this review helpful.
Not so hot!
Posted by: Fillmore from: Salida, CO on
The installation process was impossible without finally calling Customer Support. With their assistance I was finally able to get the thing loaded. The problem was that the new "Software Update" would not work in my Nuvi. Map updates were fine and loaded, but the thing wouldn't work. Support finally had me go back to the Older version of the Software, and everything worked properly. Prior to this I had never had any problem w/my Nuvi. Worked flawlessly. I had the unit for 2 years before purchasing the Map Updates. I like the one time Lifetime option, but there were no signifigant updates to my normal travel routes. In all the places that I normally drive where the unit was showing the incorrect speed limit, or that I was not where I was, it still shows the wrong speed limit. In a couple of spots where Construction on I-25 has long since been completed, the unit still shows incorrect data. When Garmin updates their maps, I wonder just what they update? Near my hometown, the speed has been changed from 55 to 60 for 3 years now, and the unit still shows that I am speeding when going 59. Major interstate changes don't show up very quick. A new I-25 interchange, that has been there for 1 1/2 years still doesn't show up. The unit tells me to go several blocks south to get an on ramp, and I can see one right in front of me!
All that being said, my dad has the Ford truck with in dash GPS. This thing doesn't even hold a candle to the Garmin. It's hard to use. Difficult to even get an Airport to come up unless you know the exact name, etc. My Garmin gets me there every time! It's so easy to use, and just makes since how it works. Computers may not be perfect yet, but when it comes to GPS, Garmin is the only way to go! The others just fail in compairison. Garmin may need some work on Software and Map Updates, but they are still No. 1!
10 out of 11 found this review helpful.
A needed item for keeping any Garmin up to date
Posted by: Chomean from: Indiana on
I now know now my unit was in great need of update when recieved. I have only used one time and it was a lengthly process needed!
6 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: fritz1223 from: st charles mo on
i feel that $90 is too much money for the ability to update my gps on the internet.
other than that the product works well. thank you. fred
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
diffucult to load
Posted by: saturngirl from: mi on
I have an older garmin nuvi device and it was very difficult to load the new maps on to the device. At one point even thought great spent $89.99 for a piece of cardboard and I cannot even use it, but after a few hours of trying was able to download the new maps. Just hope it works.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: joweb from: Butler,Pa on
Tried to down load map up date to my GPS and it wiped out everything in my Garmin. Numaps cost me $90.00 and after it wiped out my Garmin I had to go buy a new one right away.