TomTom redefines ‘lifetime’ map support, makes several devices obsolete

TomTom’s new definition of ‘lifetime’ support has not gone down well with the user community


Your trusty old TomTom sat-nav device may be at the risk of becoming obsolete and not being able to renew any maps or services. Not possible, you say? You have support for ‘lifetime updates’, you say? Well, turns out, the Dutch mapping company has a new definition of what it calls a lifetime.

According to TomTom, “Lifetime means the useful life of the device, i.e. the period of time TomTom supports your device with updates, services, content or accessories. A device will have reached the end of its life when none of these are available anymore.”

The mapmaker has compiled a list of sat-nav products it is convinced do not have sufficient resources to run the newest maps and software available with TomTom. Check out the whole list below:

What does it mean for me?

If you own any of the above-listed TomTom sat-nav devices, say goodbye to software updates – you will not be receiving any. You will not be able to renew any maps or services either. But if you have an active subscription running, you will keep getting map updates till the time that subscription expires. Over time, as the maps get outdated, you can expect your navigation routes to become less and less accurate.

TomTom is trying to use this opportunity as a marketing pitch for its newer products, urging users to buy new hardware. “This may be the perfect opportunity to discover what our new range of navigation products has to offer you,” the company says.

This cheeky move that has not gone down well with the user community despite the company offering new products at discounted rates to existing patrons. And angry users have taken to Twitter to express their dislike:

Do you own any of the products TomTom plans to withdraw support from? Would you be buying a new TomTom product to ensure uninterrupted service? Let us know in comments below!

Ishveena is a geospatial enthusiast and a freelance technology writer who has been named among Geospatial World's 50 Risings Stars 2021. With 13 years of mainstream journalism and digital content writing experience, Ishveena is passionate about bringing to the fore the value of location technology to the economy and society. Her clients include GIS corporations, proptech companies, fintech leaders, and some of the world's top drone manufacturers and service providers.


  1. NOT buying another TomTom. It was bad enough when they got rid of the cool free voices that sucked me in in the first place. Also ironic how my power button is starting to malfunction as they are decommissioning it. At least Ford had the good sense to bring BACK the Ranger. I got no warning, no email, no communication. Great company gone bad. I hope I can find something comparable.

  2. Unfortunately this is not just TomTom this is all almost what’s wrong with technology Today !!!?
    It seems that nothing Electrical lasts more than 2/3 years then it’s like they literally flic a switch and now your not so fancy item is
    Why ??
    It’s all about sales making the companies money it’s as simple as that just look at Apple products???
    And how long does your other expensive electric items last IMO not long enough and
    I for 1 would try to fix it myself and save the
    Footprint of fuel / Time / Money!!!!!

    So to all the MD s Of all these Big arse companies jog on and a Big Fxxx you ‍♂️‍♂️‍♂️‍♂️‍♂️‍♂️‍♂️


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here