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Old 10-11-2006, 11:36 PM
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I purchased a Garmin 276C and Blue Charts V7.5with 1 Region unlock code about a year ago.Recently, Ipurchased another unlock code so I could have maps for a second region. Apparently, the unlock code just "unlocks"the OLD CD making anotherregion vailable for viewing.Since my CD is a year old some of the maps in my "new" region are out of date. Garmins online authentication unlocking program notified me my maps were out of date and seemed to be saying I could update for free - but I could not figure out how to do it. I've tried Garmins website, emailed them and called the help line but haven't been able to resolve the issue. Has anyone else figured out how to purchase additional regions and get up to date charts without having to purchase a new Blue chart CD?
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Call Garmin tech support up, since you bought the new unlock code they will normally send the CD with the new version out for free (it doesn't do any good to anyone without the unlock)
Old 10-12-2006, 08:11 AM
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Thanks SeaSwirl, I'll see if I can get through to them this afternoon. Strange they didn't mention this to me -- I've been going back and forth through email with them. The phone lines have been so busy - i've yet to talk to a live person.
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Per Garmin, they will send out the CD free - But I will have to pay for unlock codes for every region that I currently own in order to get the additional Region updated. Wow, what a racket. When you want an additional region, you have to pay for that region + every region you currently own. Bad business model in my opinion. Are all the GPS companies like this?
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Default Re: Garmin Blue Charts -unlocked region out of date

FWIW, at worse the charts you have are two years old so I would not sweat it. A year ago I was adding a region. I opted for the $75 upgrade for the region I had, and then spent the $120?? for an added region's unlock code. The other alternative was to keep my old region under v5.5 and buy another disk with v7.5 with an unlock code for the region I wanted (~$150).

Even at regular prices of $270 for two regions, I think it's still a pretty good deal for around 200 charts. If I remember right, paper charts are about $20 each.
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Thanks Roger, I've come to the same conclusion. I bought CD Version 7.5 and have unlocked 2 regions - so at most the maps are about a year old. I'm not too fond of Blue Chart CD's. Next time, I'll buy a chip with up to date maps.
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FWIW they are the exact same charts on the CD as on the chip, in case you didn't know. That would be a real kick in the pants to buy a chip and see the same thing you've seeing all along.
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I can pay and unlock an old chart, or buy a chip with a current chart and not hassle with all the codes and loading them into the gps etc. Chips seem easier.

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