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Can anyone give advice ? Been looking at the new Nexus tablets and see that you can download satnav apps., my question is- do you pay a one-off payment for these apps.and does it cost you even more with data charges etc ? Thanx in advance Confusedcratch:.
Former 2011 Mk3 XTR owner Confusedalut:
I don't know the particular brand of SatNav app you are looking at, but TomTom for example, it's a one-off payment with a lifetime maps update included. Of course, the maps are regionalised, so you can buy just UK, or Europe, or North America, etc.

You should not incur any data charges, as you should be using the GPS network, rather than a 3G/charged data network, the same as a regular standalone SatNav does.
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Thanks, thinking Co-pilot, Sygic.
Former 2011 Mk3 XTR owner Confusedalut:
Most will cost you data, as they download the maps on the fly.
Copilot downloads the maps you want beforehand - I suspect TomTom might as well.
If you download via a wifi connection (you have to specifically tell it to download via the mobile signal, so you can't accidentally download loads), there's no further charging.
You can use copilot without the additional bells & whistles for free, including downloading one region's maps - UK & Ireland is one region. You lose lane guidance and a few other things that aren't important. The problem I have with copilot is that its a real power drain. Even plugged into the car, the battery drains on my phone.

Quite a few things use OpenStreetMap (Waze for example) and I think they will cache your map data - so you'd have to follow your route on the phone beforehand to get all the map tiles. I vaguely recall caching being an added feature in google maps recently.
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Thanks for replies, just waiting / hoping for Santa to deliver.
Got hit with excess data charge previously and now I'm bricking it in case it happens again !! :brickwall:
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