Updating my tomtom

Depending on which figures you believe, up to 15 percent of the UK’s roads change each year.

Before it is possible to update a Tom Tom, it is necessary to install the relevant software on a computer.

The software is available on a DVD or CD, packaged with the Tom Tom.

As long as your satnav is relatively modern (within the last five years or so), you should be able to update it.

Smaller brands such as Navigon might present a problem, but those with Tom Tom, Garmin or Navman satnavs should be fine.

Tom Tom’s cheapest new sat nav is around £100 with UK and Ireland mapping, or £120 with European mapping.

Its premium model costs around £270, but it comes with Tom Tom’s Live Services, such as traffic and speed camera warnings.

Should we really accept that they have a limited life span?

I ask because a map update can cost anything from around 25% to a whopping 75% of the price you pay for the sat nav itself.

According to Laptop Magazine, a publication that specializes in providing information on mobile technology, the connection process is exceptionally easy.

Keeping the Tom Tom updated ensures the device always has current routes installed, which is important in areas where construction causes frequent road changes and additions.

Owners are also entitled to a FREE three-year subscription to the GO Mobile app.

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