Garmin Smartphone Link - mostly no thanks

Garmin recently announced Smartphone Link. This is an for Android devices to bring live updates to your GPS navigation system. The GPS navigation system and your smartphone have to connect via bluetooth. It will work on all new bluetooth enabled nuvis and also nüvi 2475LT, 2495LMT, 2595LMT which require a software update.

As you may have guessed this setup will be using your phone’s mobile data plan and the Android app is free. However there will be premium content available through subscriptions.

Free services:

  • Live weather information
  • myGarmin messaging - update notifications and special offers from Garmin

Premium Live Services:

  • Live Traffic ($20/year): updated every two minutes and covers major highways, interstates and main roads
  • photoLive traffic cameras ($10/year): ability to see real-time photos from more than 10,000 traffic cameras across the U.S. and Canada
  • Fuel Prices ($10/year): best prices in your area
  • Advanced Weather ($5/year): current and 5-day forecasts, severe weather alerts and view animated radar images

If you have a smartphone why you would pay for these services is beyond me.. Live Traffic? Try Google Maps. Traffic cameras? There’s an app for that too. Fuel prices, Advanced Weather? All free on Android. We like Garmin devices but all these services we say NO THANK YOU. Still interested? Here’s the link.

One Response to “Garmin Smartphone Link - mostly no thanks”

  1. Dan Says:

    I was thinking exactly the same thing. Thank you for posting this because everywhere else that I’ve seen reporting on this described it like is was a useful set of features. I still understand why people sometimes use a standalone GPS and I even use mine sometimes. It just seems like pairing it with a smartphone would defeat the purpose of having a standalone GPS.


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