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TomTom Lifetime Traffic

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by cwwozniak, Sep 15, 2018.

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  1. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Thread Starter

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    I have an older TomTom XXL car GPS unit that came with Lifetime Real-time Traffic and Maps. It is starting to go bad and has reached end of life as far as firmware updates and adding features is concerned.

    If I were to purchase a new TomTom VIA 1525 car GPS unit with lifetime map updates but not lifetime traffic, would using the old cigarette lighter adapter with the built-in traffic receiver automatically add Real-time traffic to the new GPS unit? I would need to check if the VIA has a mini-USB jack or if I need an adapter to fit a micro-USB jack.

    Or, does the VIA purchased without lifetime real-time traffic support have different firmware that does not do real-time traffic?
     
  2. managed

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    According to a friend of mine the real time traffic device should work with the newer TomTom.
     
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    I also had an old Tom Tom GPS and it had me running in circles. I emailed Tom Tom support and they told me my GPS was already outdated and no support was available for said device. I had to buy another GPS which comes with lifetime map updates.
     
  4. cwwozniak

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    Thank-you for the good news, managed. I purchased a VIA 1525m yesterday afternoon. A local store had a hefty customer perk's card discount offer that ended that day. I figured I could take it back unopened for a refund if it did not support adding real time traffic. I will need to get a suitable adapter to go from the mini-USB plug of the traffic receiver to the micro-USB jack in the GPS unit.

    My XXL unit is about seven years old, texasbullet. Between TomTom declaring it end-of-life and some hardware issues, I figured it was time for a new one. I did find out that although my XXL is no longer supported, it still had lifetime map updates for as long as the map file still fit the available memory. I did have to switch to a USA only map as the updated full North American version no longer fit.
     
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    Did it work with the new adapter ?
     
  6. cwwozniak

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    I'm waiting to receive a mini to micro-USB adapter that I ordered. I didn't feel like cutting up the cord on the old receiver to splice in a micro-USB cable. I miss the days when one could usually find such an adapter at their local Radio-Shack store.

    I'm also waiting to receive a swivel ball adapter to replace the XXL mounting ring on my aftermarket windshield mount.
     
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    Ok, I hope it all works for you.
     
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