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US based GPS manufacturer Garmin is suing Dutch GPS Manufacturer Tom Tom (the manufacturer of the motorcycle specific GPS, the Tom Tom Rider).

The reason for the lawsuit; 5 patent infringements ! Garmin are alleging that Tom Tom are illegally using a Garmin technology for displaying maps on a small screen. This technology calculates which streets are to be shown on a small map, while others that are not important for the route, are hidden.

Obviously, Tom Tom are denying Garmin's claims, and will be defending themselves in court. Garmin are looking for a unspecified financial damages.

Shares in Garmin jumped 8.1 percent, while shares in Tom Tom dropped 2.7 %.

Looks like there's not enough space in the market for tow or three GPS manufacturers....
 

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Coincidentally, today in UK I got a mail flyer promoting a Garmin unit reduced in price from about $400 to $300.

Most European buyers seem to like the Tom Tom units and their user display.

I'm not so much interested in the shareprices, But if units start getting sold with massive price reductions and are fully loaded without much need for ongoing service updates, or start popping up on Ebay, I'd find some cash to buy one. That sometimes happens when a party has to make modifications to revise its products.

Do you think now is a good time to pay lots of $'s for either, or wait until the action is settled? Customer confidence and sales figures will have an effect on shareprices.



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Do you think now is a good time to pay lots of $'s for either, or wait until the action is settled? Customer confidence and sales figures will have an effect on shareprices.
I can't advise you as to wether to buy now or later. Generally speaking electronics have a tendency to get cheaper. I have both the Garmin 276C and Tom Tom although it's the PDA version not the Rider although the software should be the same. I like the Garmin a lot better for its ability to plan your routes on the pc and then transfer them to the unit. The after sale service by Garmin is a lot better, they are constantly coming with free updates for both the unit and the maps. Of course you have to pay for the update if its a new version, however as the changes aren't that radical it usually pays to skip a version or two. As a matter of fact I'm bustling a tour of the UK in Cornwall and Wales for June. June because it is so beautiful when the rhododendron is blooming. Sure hope for a little luck with the weather.
 

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Oldtimer, thanks for the tips, I'll sit on the fence a while longer. When these units first came out they were around $1000 in UK!

June is a good time for both Cornwall & Wales, and particularly outside school holidays. Cornwall in August is the worst, even for bikes. Cages just fill up all the pretty places and jam the roads. Could be nice and hot in June, I'll be out of my leathers and into my Gortex gear by then!

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In my opinion, Garmin is a great company with great products. Twice I've had a problem: one lost cradle screw (my fault) and a bad touch screen on the 2610. Both times they resolved the problem quickly, and for free.

Great group of guys.
 
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