You would only pay monthly fees if you would like real-time traffic reports like construction zones, traffice congestion around a certain street, accidents, etc.. and if you want the service tied to your cell phone as well. Sometimes this information is free for the first 6 months then you have the option to purchase the monthly or yearly subscription depending on what service you decide to get. The median subsciption price range is about $60 a year.
When you purchase a GPS system they normally come with preloaded maps that allow you to naviagete within almost any street, pinpoint businesses around that area like banks or restaurants, parks and recreation, and gas stations.
Eve15 (rep: 45.4k) posted Jun 06, 2007
As far as recommendation go. For serious navigating I would stick to Garmin or Tomtom. One of the features I know of about TomTom is there are celebrity voices available so you can have the voice 3-CPU or Arnold Swarzenegger navigate you through the city..pretty funny!
The prices should start being more affordable especially when new models come out. I purchased the Evesham Navman 7700 Touchscreen w/ MP3 player and photo viewer from Woot for $160 for Father's Day. It is a good introductory GPS and DH loves the MP3 player capabilities, but it doesn't do direct door-to-door.
Here is a GPS forumthat you may find very useful for more in depth 411 on systems:
Eve15 (rep: 45.4k) posted Jun 07, 2007
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