Most people seem to tolerate Garmin’s ad-supported traffic pretty well, and consider it a fair trade in exchange for free lifetime traffic. While it’s true that the ads aren’t very intrusive, some folks are really bugged by them, so let’s look at ways to avoid the ads:
Turn it off
This probably won’t appeal to many of you, since it will disable traffic too, but you can turn it off. Here are the instructions for various nuvi series. The following choices may interest you more:
UPDATE: Here’s a fourth way — buy a 2013 nuvi with traffic.
Three ways to get ad-free traffic on your nuvi
1. Go premium
Purchase a Premium NAVTEQ traffic subscription for $49.99 and it will permanently disable the ads. Be sure to check the compatible devices tab at the above link to ensure that it works with your traffic receiver. Also note that this doesn’t work on cellular connected models like the nuvi 1690, LIVE 1695, and LIVE 2300 series.
2. Buy a GTM 60 receiver or a model that comes with one
This is Garmin’s ad-free HD-traffic receiver (also available at Amazon), although they are calling it Digital 3D Traffic. It comes on the nuvi 3490LMT and 3590LMT, and for $69.99 can be added to any model in the 2xx5, 34×0 or 35×0 series.
3. Smartphopne link traffic subscription
If you have a recent nuvi with Bluetooth (2475LT, 2495LMT, 2595LMT, 3490LMT or 3590LMT) and an Android phone, you can get the Smartphone Link app and buy an ad-free live traffic subscription for $19.99.
Those are the only ways I know of to get ad-free traffic on your nuvi. If I’ve missed other options, please chime in below.