Question about Portable GPS Devices

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Hey there

So I am thinking of buying a GPS screen for my car. I recently found out that GPS actually works in Egypt while I thought it was illegal as it was on mobile phones. There is a screen in Nissan (GPS - Radio - DVD player - Bluetooth) and it is IN-DASH but it costs around $1500 so it's not worth it, I won't pay that much for a GPS screen since I don't even need it that much but it'd be good if I am going to places I don't know or for good short cuts. There are GPS devices I found on BestBuy like these:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9351603&type=product&id=1218090589458

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9300758&type=product&id=1218081120802

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8877593&type=product&id=1210378664109

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9299671&type=product&id=1218097161228

All of them are preloaded with US maps, does that mean they work in the USA only or is loading Egypt's map possible? I don't get it. The thing is, even the most expensive maps on BestBuy like $799 and above are also all preloaded with North American maps only, I am confused. Can some one care to explain if loading a map is possible and how/where to do it? Thank you.
 

KabaModern

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That's because you're looking at the Best Buy US site. Best Buy is slowing expanding to become global, and recently (when I worked for them), they had just made their first presense in China: http://www.bestbuy.com.cn/ . Best Buy is most definitely NOT in Egypt, hence why you won't find anything preloaded with Egypt maps. I'd check like Garmin's website to see if you can purchase maps for Egypt and load it onto the device (if you get a Garmin, that is).
 
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I am not going to purchase the screen online, of course, since I can't use PayPal and because they can't ship it to me. I know people there who can buy it and ship it to me or bring it with them when they come to Egypt but that could take a while so it's better if they ship it. I am talking about loading maps. Most of them have a SD card slot.. they say you can load maps on the SD card and insert it in the screen and it'll activate it, or something like that. I can buy from eBay UK but I don't trust eBay users at all, I hear that there is a lot of scam there and stuff so buying from BestBuy, for instance, is much better. The Chinese BestBuy isn't going to be helpful to me, at all, especially since the GPS is probably in Chinese langauge lol.
 

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I am not going to purchase the screen online, of course, since I can't use PayPal and because they can't ship it to me. I know people there who can buy it and ship it to me or bring it with them when they come to Egypt but that could take a while so it's better if they ship it. I am talking about loading maps. Most of them have a SD card slot.. they say you can load maps on the SD card and insert it in the screen and it'll activate it, or something like that. I can buy from eBay UK but I don't trust eBay users at all, I hear that there is a lot of scam there and stuff so buying from BestBuy, for instance, is much better. The Chinese BestBuy isn't going to be helpful to me, at all, especially since the GPS is probably in Chinese langauge lol.
Yep, that's how they work. It's basically like a software upgrade for the GPS. I'm looking for you on BB's website and don't see anything for Egypt, though...
 
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Thank you, Tom, but all of those are for mobiles (iPhone and HTC). Or is loading the file on a SD going to work?