Sunday, March 18, 2012

2013 Garmin nuvi series traffic is ad-free

ad free traffic Garmin nuvi 2013 series

Look ma, no ads!

When Garmin introduced lifetime traffic in 2008, it came bundled with their units but was ad-supported. You can see an example in the screenshot below. Personally, I found the ads low-key, but they certainly annoyed lots of folks. 

garmin nuvi ad-supported traffic

An ad from a pre-2013 nuvi

Well get this — I was testing the nuvi 3597LMTHD for traffic coverage the other day, when I thought, oh yeah, I need to mention in the review that HD traffic is ad-free. Well that triggered an epiphany, because my next thought was, gee, I don’t recall seeing any ads when I tested the nuvi 2597LMT or 2797LMT. So I dashed off an email to Garmin asking about this and my contact there replied, “the 2013 units don’t use any ad-supported traffic.”

So there you go. All nuvi 2013 LMT or LT models are ad-free, even the Advanced series. I guess I’ll need to update my post on how to get ad-free traffic on your nuvi.

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  1. Ricardo says:

    Interesting Rich. The more Garmin copies Tom Tom (no ad traffic) the more they might take away TT customers looking for a change. Could it be because Navigon introduced ad free lifetime traffic years ago and Garmin took over (merged with) Navigon?

  2. I just bought the Nuvi 2557 LMT from, It says I have life time maps and traffic. Do I need a special extra antenna or is this built into the unit? I have tried to research this and I am finding confusing answers!

    Can you clear the mystery for me?

    Gregg Huestis

  3. my biggest beef with the nuvi 2597 compared to my older 360 is the lane by lane directions. i hate that the commentator says to turn at least 5 times on every turn. once – ok – twice fine but not more than that. i find that really annoying. now i keep the volume down which creates more eye distraction

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