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Garmin Nuvi - Satellite or phone network?


I am looking at trying to buy a Garmin Nuvi, not sure on the model yet. I'm more concerned that I'm in northern British Columbia and have been told the units run off the cell phone network, rather than satellites. My other Garmin units run off of satellites. If the Nuvi's run off the cell phone network it will be a big problem as there is no cell coverage where I will be going.

Can anyone confirm whether this true or not? Or whether anyone has used the Nuvi's in areas without cell phone coverage.



  • sussamb 829 Points
    All nuvis work using satellites so you have nothing to worry about :wink:
  • The basic navigation is always by satellite, some of the secondary features like gas prices, weather, etc. are transmitted by cellular networks.
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