Not only are the intense and in detail maps produced by Garmin and other GPS companies a work of art when it comes to detailing terrain and collecting geographic information, the evolving technologies that now enable us to carry whole continents worth of data on slimline pieces of plastic is actually quite remarkable in itself. However, getting your expensive bought map unlocked can be a mission and a half.
You may wonder why the maps are locked in the first place. It seems unfair, and a poor way to treat paying customers. However, d remember that the world is full of people who do not feel compelled to be particularly honest. Maps are expensive to produce. Not is thee all the geographic data collecting we mentioned above, but there’s the continuous update process- maps never stay static, and town development is constant- but there’s also the development of the searchable databases in each product and much more. It takes a huge amount of man yours, money and more to produce even the simplest map, let alone test it, maintain it and market it. Yet the earlier, unlocked maps were copied and subject to fraud almost immediately.
This is why later Garmin product offerings like City Select and City Navigator come locked. You may wonder why the need to lock them, if you’ve experienced other stand alone packages that load maps on PCs. As these are all mostly incompatible with each other, this form of copying is just not necessary and the issue doesn’t exist. The Garmin devices are mostly all mobile devices, with many even designed to be hand held. They whole point of them is that you can change the maps on the device based on your personal needs. They’ve done this previously through the stand alone management program MapSource. This leaves their maps and devices interchangeable, and makes everyone’s lives simpler.
When you buy one of the newer products, you’ll be given a voucher with an ‘unlock’ code on it. If you have net access, you can get this 25 digit pin from the website too. It’s keyed to the device serial of your unit, and so is generated when you entered that number into the unlock wizard on the site. Once you’ve used it, you won’t be able to use the same code again. MapSource has a link to the unlock wizard pretty easy to access. In general, when you’re seeking to generate your unlock code you should opt of this route, as Garmin’s website itself can be tricky to navigate if you’re not sure what you’re doing.
When you purchase another map set, you will get another unlock code, and simply repeat the process again. Do remember, if you’re in the market for new map sets, that a Garmin coupon variety is out there on the web. You’re sure to find one to help you take a few bucks off of the set yo’re buying, and what could be better then that?
While unlock can be irritating, it’s a neccessary feature of modern Garmin devices.