TomTom Steps It Up With Free Lifetime Traffic And Map Updates
It's a move that was probably necessary to fight Garmin, Navigon and the slew of other nav options that are now coming to smartphones, including Google's own Maps Navigation. Better still, TomTom will allow users to download fresh maps "every few months," which include one million more miles than rival maps. The lifetime updates to traffic is also huge for those who travel a lot (and get stuck in traffic jams a lot); in practice, TomTom devices receive the latest traffic information every three minutes, recalculate total drive time and suggest more efficient alternate routes if they are available.
Amazon is offering the XL 335S, XL 340S and XL 540S models bundled with Lifetime Traffic or Map Updates, or both depending on consumer preference. These models will be designated with an M, T or TM accordingly. The MSRP premium for Lifetime Traffic Updates is $30, as is Lifetime Map Updates ($30). Combined, it's a $60 premium price. Pricing on compatible units starts at $199.95.