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Now that you have found us we hope you will find our forums a friendly and helpful place to ask questions and receive answers. With over 440,000 registered users, we have one of the busiest satnav forums.

We offer unbiased reviews of all manner of GPS devices and you can be sure that we have tested every device we review, no PR re-hashes here, just honest opinions and in-depth experience from our team of respected editors and moderators.

We also produce the PocketGPSWorld Speed Camera Database, a speed camera warning service compatible with a huge range of satnavs. It is the most comprehensive database of its kind and now covers 40 countries. Don't take our word for it, take a wander through our forums and see what our customers think of our database and our service. Their feedback is better than any marketing spiel we can come up with.

And finally, don't be afraid to ask, if you need satnav help, want to install speed camera alerts, or just need advice on a purchase, we're here to help. Don't be shy, just head to the forums.

News: Lost Londoners Drive Into Sea

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Yep, it's happened again! It seems not a week goes by without a satnav being blamed for an inattentive motorist ending up somewhere other than their destination.

Yes, of course these types of incidents also happen with good old-fashioned paper maps, but it does look as if it is on the increase due to us putting a bit too much trust in modern technology.

This time, a group of tourists from London, who were following their satnav's instructions, lost their bearings and drove straight into the sea at Angle, Pembrokeshire.

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Posted by rob brady on Thursday, April 24 @ 09:15:44 EDT

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News: Satnav Helps Seal Fate Of Drink Driver

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A hapless 21 year old drink driver found himself in a police station car park after his satnav directed him there by mistake.

Prajay Shrestha from Reading had spent the evening with his partner at an Aldershot restaurant and was looking for a local hotel to stay the night, but ended up in the car park, up a kerb and on a grass verge, blocking its entrance.

His car was spotted by police officers and they took him into the station for a blood test.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, April 18 @ 09:53:38 EDT

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Subscribers: This Week's Subscriber Awards

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Every time we release the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database we award those subscribers whose reports met our qualifying criteria a FREE 1 year membership to the site. We will publish the user-names of those who achieved the award following each release.

Of the 47 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (12.043) congratulations are due for the following 13 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

Aeb62162, andythechicken, DERRICK, james0478, jimmy3372, kdes24uk, keblec, kevp1, Maddcow, Merkin, stevetomes, trotor, wensleydale.


Nine users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 25 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: adamwolfe, AndyN, BMW330, CAA_0528205956, DennisN, docpaul, dorsetbred, Funks, GerryC, golfgti-man, Harrow, hudsonl, madxsi, marmitebcfc, mcousin, nock01, OBH6UK, PaulB2005, PhilB, Pirate3000, Rick-uk, Shush59, soweezy, TerryUK, TheGeneral365.

Our thanks to those who support the database and continue to report sites and locations, this is the reward, and for those who prefer to steal and abuse the service, read this thread. We WILL detect you.
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Posted by maft on Thursday, April 17 @ 09:21:49 EDT

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News: USGS Introduce Streamer Waterway Tracing

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The USGS is the American Government Agency responsible for mapping in the United States. They are well known for topographical mapping, but less appreciated for the hydrographical data. A new online service has just been started called "Streamer" which allows you to discover either the source of a waterway or the outflow of a river into the ocean.

This is also combined with additional value added datum such as weather, or more interestingly "Real-Time Streamflow". The Real Time Streamflow consolidates a network of flow sensors strategically placed in the waterways and displays the current state of the river.

You can check it out for yourself at http://nationalmap.gov/streamer/webApp/streamer.html.

The USGS press release follows:

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Posted by Mike Barrett on Thursday, April 17 @ 08:28:12 EDT

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News: LECHAL Launch SatNav Shoes

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Five years and sixteen days ago the online retailer of all things cool, Firebox, released the 'SATNAV Shoe' - this was of course a very well put together April Fools joke though.

However, thanks to Indian Tech firm Ducere Technologies, the SatNav Shoe is now a reality (although not quite as extravagant as the Firebox spoof). The LECHAL (Hindi for 'take me along') shoes and insoles vibrate on the left or the right to signal the way to go. This haptic feedback was designed to be especially useful to those who are visually impaired and would struggle to read a map or smartphone app in a busy street. The team have also designed the LECHAL to be useful for runners and walkers by tracking the number of steps as well as a rough guide to the number of calories burnt.

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Posted by maft on Thursday, April 17 @ 05:32:47 EDT

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Subscribers: The PocketGPSWorld.com CamerAlert Speed Camera Database Has Just Been Updated!

Speed Cameras


Version 12.043 - 16 Apr 2014

This release sees 91 static and mobile speed cameras added/removed/modified across the various speed camera databases. Please keep submitting all sightings of mobile speed cameras so we can keep our database up to date with active sites. Apparently-inactive sites are regularly removed from the database (note that these do not get included in the total above).

Note: there will be no release next week, 23 Apr 14.

Please click here for the full breakdown of country, speed camera type and number. All members submitting qualifying reports of static/mobile speed cameras will be credited with their subscription awards by 17:00 17 Apr 14.

The Garmin GPSR database (for older devices) is now up to date (13.36, 17 Apr 14)

Dont forget our RSS feed which is updated every time we release the speed camera database. Simply right click on the RSS image and select copy shortcut, then post the link into your favourite RSS reader.

You can submit new speed camera locations or submit changes to current cameras by following this link to the submission page and you can download the database via this link.

A beginner's guide to the speed camera database can be found here, and some installation instructions for most units can be found here.

Please watch for further announcements on the homepage or sign up to our weekly newsletter alerts which carry full details of future speed camera database releases. The newsletter signup box is located on the top left of all site pages. Your privacy is important to us, we do not sell on your email details.
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Posted by maft on Wednesday, April 16 @ 12:30:41 EDT

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Subscribers: This Week's Subscriber Awards

Free Subscriptions!
Every time we release the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database we award those subscribers whose reports met our qualifying criteria a FREE 1 year membership to the site. We will publish the user-names of those who achieved the award following each release.

Of the 25 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (12.042) congratulations are due for the following 2 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

DV8UK, Forddriver.


Four users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 19 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: Alfygiz, CA_0129112312, CA_0722001856, CAA_0528205956, dgwatts, doctorf, dorsetwurzel, Eyebeear, gchell, Harrow, hudsonl, it090x, jonnyprice, MA35, paulgcjw, s3dbw, StevieBoygps, TheGeneral365, volkswarren.

Our thanks to those who support the database and continue to report sites and locations, this is the reward, and for those who prefer to steal and abuse the service, read this thread. We WILL detect you.
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Posted by maft on Thursday, April 10 @ 11:16:20 EDT

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News: India Launches Second Navigation Satellite

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SpaceFlightInsider.com reports that last week India successfully launched the second IRNSS satellite in a constellation of 7 spacecraft to provide strategic navigational services for the country. Two more satellites are planned for launch this year, which will provide an operational service, the remaining satellites of the constellation will be in service by 2016.

With tensions between the US and Russia, and China being an emerging superpower it is easy to see why India would perceives the need for their own independent strategic system. This was also highlighted by the outage of the GLONASS system last week where reliance on a single external supplier could have caused failure in defence systems.

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Posted by Mike Barrett on Thursday, April 10 @ 07:43:36 EDT

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News: Bomb Squad Called to Deactivate Geocache in Chicago

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A part of Chicago was closed off yesterday while the bomb squad investigated a suspicious finding. A green PVC pipe was found in a wooded area behind an old village hall and, as a precaution, the police were called. The suspect pipe turned out to be a geocache; part of the global Geocaching game where people hide items around the world in a GPS-powered treasure hunt.

It is worth remembering that not everyone knows about Geocaching, and that their guidelines state that when placing a geocache you "clearly identify your cache as a geocache" and "Do not design your cache such that it might be confused with something more dangerous" - like a pipe bomb... Geocaching is a fun pastime but if thought isn't put into the design and placing of a cache then it can cause a lot of disruption for nothing.

Source: Chicago Daily Herald

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Posted by maft on Wednesday, April 09 @ 07:48:56 EDT

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News: 5 New West Midlands Speed Cameras Activated

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A year after speed cameras were switched off in the area due to lack of funding, five new cameras have been activated in the Black Country.

The new units are positioned in Quarry Bank, Halesowen, Gornal Wood and Stourbridge.

A Dudley Council spokesman commented, "The units cost around 3,000 each to install and maintain set against 2014 Department for Transport figures which show the average cost of a serious accident is more than 210,000."

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, April 09 @ 06:38:42 EDT

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Subscribers: The PocketGPSWorld.com CamerAlert Speed Camera Database Has Just Been Updated!

Speed Cameras


Version 12.042 - 09 Apr 2014

This release sees 33 static and mobile speed cameras added/removed/modified across the various speed camera databases. Please keep submitting all sightings of mobile speed cameras so we can keep our database up to date with active sites. Apparently-inactive sites are regularly removed from the database (note that these do not get included in the total above).

Please click here for the full breakdown of country, speed camera type and number. All members submitting qualifying reports of static/mobile speed cameras will be credited with their subscription awards by 17:00 10 Apr 14.

The Garmin GPSR database (for older devices) is currently 12.041 (02 Apr 14)

Dont forget our RSS feed which is updated every time we release the speed camera database. Simply right click on the RSS image and select copy shortcut, then post the link into your favourite RSS reader.

You can submit new speed camera locations or submit changes to current cameras by following this link to the submission page and you can download the database via this link.

A beginner's guide to the speed camera database can be found here, and some installation instructions for most units can be found here.

Please watch for further announcements on the homepage or sign up to our weekly newsletter alerts which carry full details of future speed camera database releases. The newsletter signup box is located on the top left of all site pages. Your privacy is important to us, we do not sell on your email details.
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Posted by maft on Tuesday, April 08 @ 20:12:54 EDT

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Subscribers: This Week's Subscriber Awards

Free Subscriptions!
Every time we release the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database we award those subscribers whose reports met our qualifying criteria a FREE 1 year membership to the site. We will publish the user-names of those who achieved the award following each release.

Of the 39 unique submitters who were first to make qualifying reports for this weeks database release (12.041) congratulations are due for the following 6 members who have just been awarded a FREE 1 year subscription:

dezwez, HAPE, keesover, mattcoomber1, Tritec, Triumphboy.


Seven users missed out by not having a qualifying subscription. The remaining 26 were Lifetime Members. Our continued thanks to: bluefastcar, CA_1030174913, CAA_1228232958, Compo48, Daggers, delbell, DennisN, dorsetbred, FmTroll, gboverend, hal1but, hudsonl, iCN520, kimwhyte99, Marinemw, marksfish, mrbobob, nivek22, Oldboy, plusmore, Quinny1, rinkrat, Russ414, smokeyjones, Snudge, steviebilbo.

Our thanks to those who support the database and continue to report sites and locations, this is the reward, and for those who prefer to steal and abuse the service, read this thread. We WILL detect you.
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Posted by maft on Thursday, April 03 @ 06:20:29 EDT

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News: GLONASS had an 11 hour outage

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A major outage of GLONASS occurred earlier this week with every satellite in the constellation broadcasting corrupted ephemeris data. The result was the entire network was unusable for 11 hours from just after midnight Tuesday (GMT+1).

Whilst there has been no official word from the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces who operate GLONASS, GPSWorld reports that the outage was a result of bad ephemeris data being uploaded to the satellites (see our GPS primer here).

Likely a result of human error, once the problem was noticed it could not be resolved until each satellite had passed over a control station where it could be reset and it was this process that caused the outage to last nearly 12 hours.

For multi-standard GPS receivers this outage would have had little impact but for anyone using a GLONASS only device the issue would have been much more severe.

The network is back on-line now (GLONASS status), but this demonstrates why multiple networks, operated by different countries may not be such a bad thing after all.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, April 03 @ 04:27:53 EDT

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News: TomTom Launch Upgraded Watches with Heart Monitor

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TomTom have today expanded their Sports hardware with the launch of the TomTom Runner Cardio. It is, essentially, an upgraded version of their TomTom Runner GPS Sports Watch but with an added heart-rate monitor. The Multi-Sport has also received a 'Cardio' version.

The Runner Cardio is available for pre-order at 249.99 and the Multi-Sport Cardio can be pre-ordered for 279.99.

More information can be found at: http://sports.tomtom.com

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Posted by maft on Wednesday, April 02 @ 15:03:58 EDT

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Subscribers: The PocketGPSWorld.com CamerAlert Speed Camera Database Has Just Been Updated!

Speed Cameras


Version 12.041 - 02 Apr 2014

This release sees 81 static and mobile speed cameras added/removed/modified across the various speed camera databases. Please keep submitting all sightings of mobile speed cameras so we can keep our database up to date with active sites. Apparently-inactive sites are regularly removed from the database (note that these do not get included in the total above).

Please click here for the full breakdown of country, speed camera type and number. All members submitting qualifying reports of static/mobile speed cameras will be credited with their subscription awards by 17:00 03 Apr 14.

The Garmin GPSR database (for older devices) is now up to date (9.45am, 03 Apr 14)

Dont forget our RSS feed which is updated every time we release the speed camera database. Simply right click on the RSS image and select copy shortcut, then post the link into your favourite RSS reader.

You can submit new speed camera locations or submit changes to current cameras by following this link to the submission page and you can download the database via this link.

A beginner's guide to the speed camera database can be found here, and some installation instructions for most units can be found here.

Please watch for further announcements on the homepage or sign up to our weekly newsletter alerts which carry full details of future speed camera database releases. The newsletter signup box is located on the top left of all site pages. Your privacy is important to us, we do not sell on your email details.
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Posted by maft on Wednesday, April 02 @ 12:39:48 EDT

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