We accept that you may need some new maps, however before you start looking all over the internet and involve yourself in a lot of time and effort - we suggest you glance through this short and helpful article.Lets explain one thing from the start: There is no such thing as a "free map".This is purely to show how complex it is and what can go wrong at every stage of the procedure.
Satnav makers like tomtom put a lot of work into copy protecting maps and SD cards - things are not simple.
Illegally updating tomtom maps does take practice, luck and expertise.
It does show that maps are the key component to a satnav and as such nobody - tomtom nor garmin will be giving them away.
That's why its appears to be almost as expensive to update your old satnav maps as to buy a new satnav.
A few year ago - tomtom tried to make a move and take the business "high ground".
In a bid to guarantee their future (in the satnav market) they tried to buy up (for a world beating 2 billion) the main map maker - Tele Atlas.
If something goes wrong you can wipe the whole tomtom or “brick it”.
A satnav is not like say a TV set, which can be turned on and off to reset its systems.
Many a “weekend wannabee” hacker has “bricked” (i.e.
turned the device into little more than a house brick") a tomtom !
Well it means destroying the main hardware, flash memory or other part of an electronic device, such that it cannot be recovered., Its of course an easy thing to do - destroying hardware can be accomplished in a number of easy ways.