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TomTom GPS Speed Camera Alerts Subscription Renewal: 3 Months for $1 on TomTom Australia

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Just updated my Tomtom 520 GPS and the speed camera promo pop-up.

Usually $12.95 but now only $1.

Not sure this promo is for me only or for all Tomtom customers and don't when will it expire either.

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    So what's the benefit with this over something like Waze that has community influence?

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      I'd apply the same logic to why on earth anyone still uses a dedicated GPS in 2020.

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        Learner or Provisional drivers in NSW which can't use their phone as a GPS.

      • +4 votes

        For folks that don't want to part of the Google / Apple tribe. Some dedicated GPS also have more refined features.

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          like what? subscription services?

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            @Kozhutki: One example that comes to mind is a single button click (actual tactile button) and it will tell you exactly where you are (example, 123 Sesame Highway). The voices can be nicer too.

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            @Kozhutki: I find lane guidance is better with my dedicated one, though GMaps is getting a lot better. I'd rather not have my phone in the direct sunlight for a long trip, as well as not killing the battery as much. The dedicated one will have service even out whoop whoop.

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              @kwchaz: Look into Android Auto - phone can be safely in the shade charging, while full benefits of google maps in car's own headunit. May need a 3rd party headunit if your car isn't compatible though.

              A little pricier than a dedicated GPS, however a whole bunch of benefits including hands free/voice recognition, integration with Waze/Spotify/Plex/radio/podcasts/whatever, best-in-class real-time traffic, constantly updated live maps. I find the lane guidance to be excellent 95% of the time IMO.
              It's also constantly undergoing incremental improvements (eg. speed limits being rolled out this week), and the user interface is so much more intuitive (for the most part).

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                @bboT: My car's head unit is too integrated and oddly shaped for there to be any decent 3rd party headunits, sadly. That, and it still means you're beating the crap out of your phone's battery.

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          Lol, trying to make this tribal. I'll go with whichever has the best user experience and features, feel free to make your case.

        • +2 votes

          The tribes can kiss my $$$$!$$$ they are not going to follow me or my data!

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        I don't want to use my phone as a GPS. Drains the battery faster and it gets mighty hot.
        Also in South Australia, you aren't allowed to physically touch your phone whilst driving, even if it's in a mount. You need to set your destination before you start to drive. However you can touch the screen of a dedicated GPS.

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    I have had 2 TomTom GPS devices. In each case, the map data got outdated, and I'd have to pay to get new data. The last device had "lifetime map updates". Except "lifetime" was not lifetime, but a few years.
    By now, phone maps are infinitely better and more practical. As for camera alerts, there are times where it is easy to accidentally go over a bit, especially in a quiet car with a large engine. But if you do not speed on purpose, you shouldn't be needing this.

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    More n more people using dedicated gps if not standard in your car because it’s ilegal to use your phone while driving for anything

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      Don't spread misinformation. I can't speak for all states, but this is not accurate for Victorian fully licensed drivers.

      https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/driver...

      Learner, P1 and P2 drivers

      Learner, P1 and P2 drivers must not use a mobile phone (hand-held or hands-free) for any function while driving (including while stationary but not parked).

      Young drivers are over-represented in serious road crashes.

      Mobile phones and other mobile devices (e.g. DVD players, tablet computers, Smartwatches) are major sources of distraction for young drivers, especially as these drivers are still building experience and developing skills.

      Remember, all probationary drivers who reach 5 demerit points may incur a licence suspension.

      Fully licensed car drivers

      A fully licensed driver can use a phone to make or receive a phone call, to use its audio/music functions or perform a navigational (GPS) or intelligent highway vehicle system (in vehicle warning system) function but only if the phone:

      is secured in a commercially designed holder fixed to the vehicle, or
      can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone, and the phone is not resting on any part of the driver's body.
      All other functions (including video calls, texting, emailing, task management, photography, social media, shopping and share economy apps) are prohibited.

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        Like I said I’m in vic and u carnt use a mobile while driving I know people who have been pulled over for using gps on there phone while driving if u don’t touch your phone while driving then there’s no issue

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        It's not misinformation. It says you can make/receive calls and use GPS but the phone needs to be in a mount and you're not allowed to physically touch the phone.

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    Free with Waze:)

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    After just coming back from Malaysia I was driving there and I have to say sometimes it's better with their organised chaos. There might be a e.g. 80km/h speed limit but there are cars passing me doing 150km/h. Cars get out of the right lane if they are in the way of anyone going faster. I saw people pass police cars doing way over the limit.

    I'm fine with people speeding because in the end people can drive to road conditions and if you don't know what a suitable speed is for a given stretch of road then you shouldn't be driving.

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    I thought the maps and speed camera updates were free, must be for older devices only, maybe

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    I find it so ironic that TomTom sells your GPS data to the government, who use the data to place the speed cameras location, and now TomTom is making money for this speed camera location.

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    Can't believe TomTom are charging for this, when they have a free android app that does exactly this!
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tomtom.spe...

    Don't know if there's an Apple equivalent, but wouldn't be surprised if there was.

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      I also use this app, it supports overlay as well, so we can use google maps with tomtom overlay

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    All my speeding tickets were captured by a hidden camera in a roadside car
    FXXK THAT