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kelvy-d
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2006 3:46 pm    Post subject: tomtom traffic Reply with quote

can anyone tell me were tomtom get there traffic info from i have paid this for this service from the tomtom plus service
i have found this a total waste of money the service they give is a total waste of time
the info they give out is so unreliable
as a coach driver travelling all across the uk i need good travel reports
tomtom is so hit and miss i just dont know whether to take what the report says
phantom road deleys road works that dont exist exaggerated time delays
in hold up (if any ) so can i add any other traffic software to my tomtom 700 to get decent reports many thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not really. Technically one could write a program that mimicks the TomTom data format, and then get the feed from somewhere else (TMC etc) but that is way too much of an effort.

Maybe TomTom will offer the TMC antenna for the 700, but I wouldn't hold my breath for that.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given the pain suffered by just about everyone with a TomTom TMC receiver, me included, I suggest you stick to the GPRS service. The data comes from the same place, ITIS, and is about the only source for the UK.

http://www.itisholdings.com/itmc.asp
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are 2 sources of traffic data in the UK, not one (iTIS Holdings and Trafficmaster). However, most manufacturers only support 1 of the 2 companies, which limits you to a single supplier based on your SatNav unit.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: tomtom traffic Reply with quote

kelvy-d wrote:
can anyone tell me were tomtom get there traffic info from i have paid this for this service from the tomtom plus service


They get their feed from Itis apparently...

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i have found this a total waste of money the service they give is a total waste of time
the info they give out is so unreliable


Yes. I agree. I used my free trial this time last year. Every day I updated a ticket I had open with them about the data they provided. It was basiclaly pants. I'd get reports of road works/lane closed where there were no problems (One in particular outside work that was listed for WEEKS that was non-existant), and others where the TT said no problems (M1, around Nottingham way) that I was stuck in for 3 hours (And managed to move only 100 metres in that time).
They just continually said they were checking with their supplier. In the end I decided that 50 euros was far too much to pay for such dodgy info. I could have gotten better by looking out the window & tossing a coin.

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as a coach driver travelling all across the uk i need good travel reports
tomtom is so hit and miss i just dont know whether to take what the report says
phantom road deleys road works that dont exist exaggerated time delays
in hold up (if any ) so can i add any other traffic software to my tomtom 700 to get decent reports many thanks


Apparently not...

I'd ask for my money back if I were you. Under the sales of goods act. Maybe if more people did, they'd improve their service to be at least usable. But I found over the course of 2 months that it was NEVER correct... (e.g. Roadworks on the M4 J8/9 for the whole time, that weren't listed. Phantom roadworks on the A4 near Heathrow. Accidents that don't appear till after they're cleared).
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