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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:42 pm    Post subject: TMC providers not doing well... Reply with quote

I notice that the share price of Trafficmaster and ITIS is a cause for concern - not just for shareholders but, if share price says anything about predicted profits, for the companies themselves.

ITIS seems to be doing better than Trafficmaster (I don't understand the reasons why) but the decline in the past few months (not just during the current crisis and recent recession news) leaves me wondering: what happens if your hardware is tied to a particular service provider and that provider ceases to exist - is there any option to switch provider?

Mio doesn't provide such an option - in fact they still deny that their products support TMC in the UK (!). NavnGo the same. Navigon ditto (as far as I can tell). TomTom - well, their GPRS service is a joke and their antenna service is subject to the same problems as the rest (although I suspect that they would at least switch providers if one bites the dust).

So is TMC in the UK a service destined for destruction? The thing that annoys me is that I can't, for my main device, buy a TMC subscription for a rival service.
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