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    Would a sat nav bought in a foreign country work in the UK?

    Well, questions in the title really, would a sat nav bought in a foreign country work in the UK?

    I'm off to Thailand on the 26th April and might do a spot of shopping whilst I'm there and I'm in the market for a sat nav unit (I work as a supply teacher, I'm often on the road in strange places). If I bought myself a sat nav in Thailand would I be able to get it working in the UK?

    I'm under the impression that if I install the proper maps onto the unit then it should work fine, but would like to hear from people who have a lot more experience in sat nav matters than I do.

    Also, I have a Nokia 6120 Symbian phone, would it be worth my while investing in a bluetooth GPS receiver and sat nav software for my phone, or would I be better off getting a dedicated unit to use?

    Thanks for any help guys

    10 Comments

    Yeh it would work. The only difference would be the map installed and the power adapter if it ran from the mains.

    deathtrap3000;1913991

    Yeh it would work. The only difference would be the map installed and the … Yeh it would work. The only difference would be the map installed and the power adapter if it ran from the mains.



    Not many cars have mains power supplies, lol. :thumbsup::oops::oops:

    Alfonse;1914000

    Not many cars have mains power supplies, lol. :thumbsup::oops::oops:


    Well the op's talking about a nokia so to charge it up would come with either a car charger, usb charger or a mains charger.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the replies

    So, for example, if I bought a Tom Tom and it only had SE Asian maps, would I have to pay extra for the UK maps?

    sionyboy;1914390

    Thanks for the repliesSo, for example, if I bought a Tom Tom and it only … Thanks for the repliesSo, for example, if I bought a Tom Tom and it only had SE Asian maps, would I have to pay extra for the UK maps?



    Yeah, you'd have to buy the UK & Ireland maps for it, you can get them on the TomTom website. :thumbsup:

    Original Poster

    So how do you get the maps onto the Sat Nav then, do you download them via USB or do you have to buy a memory card to install them onto?

    Sorry, complete noob at this I'm afraid, I'm not sure how 'Open' these sat nav units are.

    You would have to pay for the maps. It would be a simple matter of following the guide that tomtom give.

    sionyboy;1915731

    So how do you get the maps onto the Sat Nav then, do you download them … So how do you get the maps onto the Sat Nav then, do you download them via USB or do you have to buy a memory card to install them onto?Sorry, complete noob at this I'm afraid, I'm not sure how 'Open' these sat nav units are.



    It usually comes with software that puts it in the right place for you, but if it didnt then it would just be a case of downloading and saving to a folder on the phone or mem card.

    no one has answered the second part! I am keen to know that as well...thanks in adv
    "would it be worth my while investing in a bluetooth GPS receiver and sat nav software for my phone, or would I be better off getting a dedicated unit to use?"

    sach1636;2025140

    no one has answered the second part! I am keen to know that as … no one has answered the second part! I am keen to know that as well...thanks in adv"would it be worth my while investing in a bluetooth GPS receiver and sat nav software for my phone, or would I be better off getting a dedicated unit to use?"



    That part would be personal preference. Would you prefer having a dedicated device or would you prefer having one device that does it all. Personally I would get a dedicated unit as they are usually better.
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