Question about Magellan RoadMate 700 GPS Receiver
This is a warning to everyone with a RM 700/760. The V6 update that just came out in Nov/Dec 07 has old maps from 2006 Q3. My home address is not on this map (though my street is 3 years old). What's worse is that the newer Magellans that are in the stores (and that were in the stores before this map update came out) have my home address on their maps. Magellan is deceiving consumer by saying we are getting updated maps, but to sell us maps that are over a year old. They probably got these old maps at a bargain license fee from NavTeq and thought no one would call them on it. As many people as possible should complain about this to force Magellan to remedy this situation. I'll never buy Magellan again.
Anyone tht has ever read about Magellan should have figured out how stupid the engineers are as the 360 unit has a button called repair and the ONLY funtion this button has is to wipe out the OS from the unit with no way to reinstall it with Magellan's help. I know how to fix it but if you call Magellan they tell you it is impossible to fix. Why a company would put a button on the unit that the user should NEVER use is an insight to the IQ of the engneers they have.
Posted on Oct 29, 2008
THE CURE for this problem is NEVER BUY Magellan again!!
After paying over £800 for an early Roadmate 700 (which failed and was replaced by a failed/recon version) then to have problems with software.. now having waited a year to get map update and version 6 firmware I find it doesn't give me Magellan Tools which was promised by Magellan Support.
After several mail queries and important qustions remaining unanswered I am buying a Tomtom Go 720T which will do all the updates automatically via a cradle linked to my PV/Internet.
NEVER EVER AGAIN a damned Magellan - great when it works but it's easier to get blood from a stone than good support from Magellan.
Posted on Jan 08, 2008
I was certainly annoyed when I noticed the date on the map. The question I had to ask myself was: how old was the map it was replacing? In my particular area of interest, there were a lot of streets in our city of about 200,000 people that were not on the map that was installed when I bought the GPS. Now, with the Q3-2006 map, many of those streets now show up.
Whether Magellan is buying old maps and trying to fool its customers, or whether it simply takes them that long to convert Navteq raw data into a format that can be used by their Spell & Speak technology is not for me to comment definitively on. I do wish the maps were newer, but they definitely are an improvement over what I had been using.
I'm curious to know how big the city is where jaquil lives? Is it possible that it was small enough (or even TOO big) so as not to have been properly resurveyed for the new map? If your street is 3 years old, I can't see it being left off the Q3-2006 survey except if the whole area was skipped by the Navteq survey.
Posted on Jan 06, 2008
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