Why don't TomTom Rider units operate live services via a sim card like the car based items? — TomTom Community

Why don't TomTom Rider units operate live services via a sim card like the car based items?

Mike MilesMike Miles Posts: 5 [Apprentice Traveler]
Have been tempted to update my Rider V4 by the latest offer, but am still disapointed to see the Rider units need a smartphone link for live services! What's the problem in having them operate on a sim card like the car and truck based units?

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  • YamFazManYamFazMan Posts: 17,043
    Superusers
    edited November 2019
    Hi
    @Mike Miles

    Who knows... Maybe the size of the Motorcycle Market is too small and would not support the price rise required to develop, support and sell a SIM based Rider 5xx ???

    ATB YFM
  • John-JayJohn-Jay Posts: 683 [Revered Pioneer]
    Hi, @Mike Miles,

    Having owned a SIM Based TomTom, I really would NOT recommend them! Always losing Connection &, for most journeys, spent most of the Journey searching for the connection!
  • miketorcymiketorcy Posts: 3,342
    Superusers
    It is a good question. I have a GO6200 with a SIM card included and it work well. It is very confortable not to have to connect it with a smartphone even if it is simple to connect it with my redmi nopte 7.
    It is a good advantage versus Garmin which do not give this possibility.
  • YamFazManYamFazMan Posts: 17,043
    Superusers
    edited November 2019
    Hi
    I have Several Live (SIM) Tomtom models and would recommend them
    Its very rare I have a problem with connectivity....

    ATB YFM
  • Mike MilesMike Miles Posts: 5 [Apprentice Traveler]
    A few interesting comments, but it would be interesting to hear from TomTom BV...
    Development cost would be very small - just building the car unit into the Rider casing and adding bike specific functionality to the chip - just a re-flash surely? That would also score on economies of scale, same internals with just different funtionality activated for different markets - or is that already the case with the additional (misguided) cost-saving of the sim card omission?
    I'm really not minded to upgrade to the latest Rider without fully stand alone live services...
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