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I'm completely lost with all this sat nav stuff. I'll be needing to get one soon for my new job (and anything else because I'm useless at directions).

 

I'm looking for the cheapest ones to cover just the UK, but I want it to include the voice facility that tells you when to turn etc. Do they all have that?

 

Do you pay any extra after paying for the sat nav itself? Anything like data charges, subscriptions?

 

Also I have a Nokia N95 that has Nokia Maps, and I'm wondering whether that would be of any use. I've got this in offline mode because I can't get a straight answer from anyone at Three as to whether I would be charged if I used it online or had internet connection. Asides, when the GPS is on but the internet off, it only gives current position (if you're lucky and then after about ten minutes of starting it).

 

Sorry, but I'm completely thick when it comes to all of this.

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I can only comment on the Tom Tom. It is a superb bit of kit and I believe the one that has set the standard and all the others base theirs on.

You get the initial download free as there may have been changes since it was put on the shelf, so after purchase and the free download, you have up to date maps, speed cameras and petrol stations.

 

I believe they all talk as I can't see them being of much use unless they do and you would have to continually be looking at it which would make it dangerous.

 

If you can find a friend with one, ask if you can have a go for a few days and you will wonder how you ever managed with those old paper maps.

 

There is no subscription and the updates costs depend on what you want. You can pick just to update petrol stations or just speed cameras or you can go the whole hog and have new roundabouts, diversions or long term roadworks, the price depends on the type of update you get.

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