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Considering a GPS

We are going on a trip in March and I'm considering a GPS for local weather, routes, points of interest, food, fuel. etc. I don't want to spend more than around $150. Can I get all those features for that and do I need a service provider. I have Sprint/Nextel for my phone. I didn't see anything on their website indicating I could get any of those services from them.
What do you guys have, what would you recommend and what service, if needed ??
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I have a Garmin Nuvi 255W, it does just about everything. Best Buy has it on sale for $159 this week.

Garmin - nüvi 255W GPS - NUVI 255W

I don't have a subscription to anything. The only thing you mentioned that I can't get is local weather.

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Thanks, Rick. That is one of the 3 I was considering at buydig. I just didn't know if I needed a provider for all the info. I can live without the weather.....it is what it is, right ?
I'll have check out Tiger. Free shipping from them. I just bought this computer there a month ago.

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Weather and traffic are the 2 subscriptions services some higher end units can support. Some also provide cell phone blue tooth connections, and mp3/iPod connections. Some also feed sound through your radio. Your budget dictates a lower end unit. That said, most, maybe all, lower end units will not allow you to program a route with multiple stops or "way-points". They are designed to simply take you to one place, from where you are at the time you activate. They generally allow you to preset "favorites" which is where you could store the various points of interest or destinations your plan. But you will not be able to "chain" destinations for a complete route.

Personally, I like to plan my complete route in advance. Recently I planned a 10 day trip from LA to Colorado and back, with daily destinations. I routed us along much of Route 66 through AZ, through the Indian reservations and 4 corners in AZ to Durango, then to Aspen, over Independence pass to Breckenridge. I was able to plan this all on my computer and then download the way-points, and daily routes from my computer to my GPS. I love that facility. All this ability, including the PC software and maps on a GPS in the $300 range (ebay price). And you can still do the regular stuff on the GPS without the need to download. This is just a great capability not common on most GPS systems. By the way: I have a Garmin Street Pilot model of GPS. I actually have an old model 2610 (have had it for 6 years now and it does all i just said), and a never 7200 model which has a 7" screen and can also play DVDs. No weather, no traffic. Hope this helps.
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OK, thanks, Hal. So the 255W has a SD card slot. If I bought a card for a few bucks, can I download my route onto the card and have it read out similar to what you did with your computer ?
The reason I don't want to spend a bunch is, I don't see me using this except for trips every 2-3 years. Spending more for something seldom used is just taking funding away from the GTO.....

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Mitch

I have a Garmin Nuvi 255W, it does just about everything. Best Buy has it on sale for $159 this week.

Garmin - nüvi 255W GPS - NUVI 255W

I don't have a subscription to anything. The only thing you mentioned that I can't get is local weather.

Rick
We have the 255w by Garmin too, it works awesome! haven't use the SD card slot yet, but the GPS works great.
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Mitch, pretty sure all 3 of those I sent you are no tax and free shipping. Do a search for 255W on "pricegrabber.com"

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food for thought...

my phone has navigation built in (ATT navigator), i'm guessing your sprint phone has something similar. Seems to work fine for everything I've wanted it for. Only thing is you need to keep the phone connected to the cigarette lighter, otherwise your battery will be dead in about a half hour. I'm also on a company phone, so i dont' pay for the service, not sure what it would cost you.

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food for thought...

my phone has navigation built in (ATT navigator), i'm guessing your sprint phone has something similar. Seems to work fine for everything I've wanted it for. Only thing is you need to keep the phone connected to the cigarette lighter, otherwise your battery will be dead in about a half hour. I'm also on a company phone, so i dont' pay for the service, not sure what it would cost you.
My Nextel phone is a Motorola i530. It's pretty much a dinosaur now (like the owner) and has very little for modern features. I'll check into it, tho...thanks for the idea.

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