Time to ditch the TomTom?

We have quickly come to rely on sat-navs, rather than physical maps, to help us get from place to place and nowadays we can use direction finders on our mobile phones instead of buying a special gadget.

But how many people have, and still use, that first well-known sat-nav, the TomTom?

Well that may not be an option for much longer, especially if you still have one of the older versions.

In late January this year TomTom announced that it was no longer be providing updated maps for some of the devices.

A spokesman for the company said: “It has become clear that some of our older generation navigation devices do not have sufficient resources to run the newest maps and software.”

TomTom will still be updating some models – “for their useful life”, and owners are warned that they should not assume map updates will continue indefinitely. It said active subscriptions to map updates will continue until subscriptions run out, but customers will not be able to renew maps or receive new software updates.

There is a list of those devices which will no longer receive updates on the TomTom website.