Tom Tom are no longer supporting many older models in spite of having lifetime map updates. See www.snipca.com/26897 In spite of this many of these models are being sold on sites such as Amazon. All I can say is buyer beware.
I suspect that with the improvements in Google Maps , many with iPhones or smart phones use them rather than Tom Tom. Mine can speak via the Bluetooth link via the sound system. Tom Tom , maybe, has lost market share.
These are the older models that used the Windows based system and TomTom Home. All the newer models (from a couple of years ago use the newer Linux based system and TomTom MyDrive Connect. To my mind this is a major backward step as TomTom Home regular updates could take around 2 minutes but the newer versions take around 12 minutes to do the same job.. In addition it is no longer possible to back up your TomTom installation to your computer so in the event of a corruption you could simply restore using TomTom Home from the local backup. You could also make more than one copy of the SD Card data in case of a Card corruption (which has happened to me on trips to the continent.
Now it can only be restored online so internet access is a must. Not much good in a small country hotel in the centre of France. It is possible to create a second SD Card for back up but the process is convoluted and difficult usually having to contact TT support and get them to reset their master data on your account.
Next Sat Nav will probably not be a TomTom but I'm not sure that Garmin are any better. Love to hear other's views.
wee eddie your correct i have tom-tom that is now obsolete as far as updates is concerned,however in most places i go to haven't changes locations and if i need i use my mobile with google maps though i'm thinking of going over to Garmin.
If you purchased it with lifetime maps then you do not need to pay for map updates. If you do then contact TomTom and ask for your money back.
You also might need to look at TomTom's definition of "Lifetime" as it does not actually mean what most people would think it means. They decide on the lifetime of a product, not you. Yes a bit of a con.
Also not that Lifetime Maps does not include Speed cameras etc unless it is specifically stated so.