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4.0 out of 5 stars Good product, has one annoying feature, July 21, 2010
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This review is from: Magellan RoadMate 5045 5-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Traffic (Electronics)
I purchased this item because I wanted the live traffic and also the step by step directions. The step by step directions is handy in that you can review the turns and directions in order that you can determine howthe GPS is navigating you.

I have been very happy with this product in that it seems to be right on with traffic delays and arrival time. However, there is one major annoying feature that I absolute dislike. The GPS has advertisement that shows up that you cannot get rid of. I guess that's how Magellen pays for the free traffic by selling advertisement. After a while you become use to it, but I rather not have it and I wish there was a way to turn it off.

Another issue that I have experienced is that in areas of tall buildings once in a while, like downtown LA, the GPS seems to get lost due to lost signal.

But in all, I have been very happy with it and it seems very accurate.
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Initial post: Jul 28, 2010 7:15:15 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 3, 2010 3:02:28 PM PDT
Luminosa says:
Most all gps that offer free lifetime traffic do so with ads. This is also true with garmin. I am not 100% positive but nearly so, that they are using the same free lifetime traffic supplier...... No way to get rid of the ads on either brand.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2010 11:58:37 PM PDT
flyer says:
Do the ads come up even when you're not using traffic? This is just about a deal-breaker for me -- who wants to be marketed 24/7?

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 9:38:20 PM PDT
Bill B. says:
Both Magellan and Garmin use NAVTEQ for traffic. They can offer the service for free because of the advertising revenue. There are models that charge a subscription fee for traffic service that do not have advertising. Also, if you shut off the traffic feature, the advertisements do go away. Quite frankly, I would rather have advertisers such as Red Lobster pay my subscription fee. I might even have dinner there just to say, "Thanks." However, it would be nice if they gave an advertising-free subscription option.

TomTom uses Tele Atlas for their maps and traffic.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 12:19:19 PM PDT
As others have posted, just backing up and confirming... the traffic option is a service by Navteq.

In areas where it is offered, the signal is broadcast as a sub-current on a local FM radio station. The ads are, as others have said, not exclusive to Magellan, but to any brand that uses Navteq subscription-free live traffic service, and it is how it's sponsored.

And YES, if you turn off the traffic option, or you live in a non-servicable area, you will not receive the ads.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2010 12:12:55 PM PDT
Louie D says:
Tom Tom gives you free traffic on its "T" models WITHOUT any advertising. It also verbalizes the problem rather than making you tap the screen to find out what or where it is. It will tell you that there is a slowdown of 15 minutes, but will also say you are still on the quickest route (if it is so), or ask you if you want to take a faster option. That is safer that having to look at the screen to read the problem.
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