TomTom Go 740 Live: Their Connected GPS

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TomTom's Go 740 Live GPS is their first to have a cellular connection built-in, used to download traffic weather and friend finder information.

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Old TomTom's had cellular data capabilities with very limited models, over bluetooth, through your cellular handset, but model support, but having this service built in, free for a year. The unit also records map data corrections, and in Wikipedia style. And I really have been liking TomTom's advanced lane guidance, which draws a pretty nice illustration of complicated turn offs.

This TomTom also uses "IQ Route" tech to measure arrival times, based on time of day and weekend vs weekday traffic patterns, gathered from users who dock and sync their navs with software. But, unlike Dash and Telenav Shotgun, it can't upload in real time, so you're not getting real time data for traffic jams from other users. (You get it from other providers.)

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The device works on a GPRS network, leading me to believe its on AT&T, since they've been very into providing service for devices lately.

You can't really preview a GPS while sitting in a show room, but this seems like a decent device, given TomTom's move towards connectivity in it, and the hardware design is stellar, with a twist grip for the compact suction cup, and speaker grill in the back.

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I would like the device to perhaps get some live uploading of traffic, but as we saw with Dash, that is a hard thing to master.

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Paid for TomTom's new USA & Canada maps, and found they inserted a non-existent "Unnamed Street" between my street and the next one over, and have inserted an inaccurate mapping of the intersection of my street and the highway - mapping the intersection as an oblique angle, showing and telling me to make a "sharp right" of more than 90 degrees, when in fact it is a plain old right-angle intersection. They are not above devoting time to creating new errors on old streets.