As noted in the article, these products were made available in Europe last year. At that time, the 5000 and 6000 were offered with internal cell/SIM in a way similar to the old GO Live series (e.g., 740, 1535, etc) here in North America. If it works as announced at CES, those two models are not on the list of scheduled products for delivery to North American customers.http://www.ubergizmo.com/2014/01/tomtom-go-series/
According to the above article, it looks like tomtom may NOT be introducing a new model with built in capability to get live services, but all will require linking with a smartphone through their app. I hope this is not the case, as I don't own a smartphone but enjoy and use live traffic quite often. It has saved me time on many comutes.
Can anyone confirm the information given in this article? Is there any hope tomtom will release a sim card model of the new series?
I have not seen a specific announcement that the new units will continue to provide the capability, but the earlier models have had the capability of acquiring traffic data from data broadcast over FM radio. To get that information you have needed to buy a model that includes a power cord which includes a built-in FM antenna, or separately purchase such a power cord/antenna.Thank you for the detailed response. Unfortunately, it looks like consumers like me will eventually not be able to get live services without paying for a smartphone at 50 dollars more per month than my current non data plan. I understand it's time for 2g to be phased out, but it's hard to believe TT cant come up with another way to get the data to the units
The RDS-TMC solution also has issues with 'resolution'. Due to the nature of the data within the RDS broadcasts, it will inevitably cover fewer 'street segments' than Live, and will do it with less actual geographic resolution than Live. It's limited by the size of the numbers used to act as pointers to chunks of street in a special look-up table shared by the provider and the TomTom unit.The disadvantage of that approach is that the data is provided by local sources, so it is available only in larger metropolitan areas, and is normally updated much less frequently than the "HD Traffic" data that TomTom supplies via the cell phone system.
Just wanted to let you know that the 2535M live unit is nowhere's to be found in the USA No websites have them and are totally discontinued. The only possibility is a used one on Ebay. The 2535M live is reallly the best . Has all the features you could want.Certainly disappointing to hear that the new units arent refined enough yet. Perhaps I should try to find a 2535 live for sale out there somewhere just as a backup to the one I have and wait this out for another year. Also, not really interested in RDS traffic. Once you experience live traffic, there isn't any going back. I'm just hoping I can find a more reasonable solution than a smartphone when I need to.
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