Originally Posted by JoeSchmoe007
I doubt we will see the price this low or lifetime subscription because you can't go to another provider (as opposed to buying standalone unit from another company). This will be a revenue generator for Garmin/Chrysler.
I question this in reality.
I have to wonder what percentage of buyers even bother to update their systems unless there is something obviously out of date. Not only that, what's the incentive to upgrade anything on a leased vehicle you'll be trading in sometime in the near future.
If it were free and could be done automatically in the owner's garage via Wi-Fi, you might give more people the incentive to upgrade to the Nav system which is quite a premium over the base system (anywhere from $900 to $1200 sticker, depending on whether it's active from the factory or by the dealer).
I personally know that should the foolishness we're seeing with HERE continue long term, I'll seriously consider avoiding the Nav upgrade. The result? Not only am I not paying for updates, but I'm not even paying for the hardware upgrade. The lose twice.
The fact is, if the experience is crummy by being both expensive and lacking frequent updates, it makes using the smart phone already in your pocket a far more attractive option. Propriety systems are dinosaurs and we're coming up on a major pushback from consumers - I guarantee it.
On the other hand I don't see the need to purchase updates every year.
...and it doesn't appear Chrysler even will offer them that often.
It's sad that they charge such a premium over cheaper and free options that update sometimes weekly.