This is how much it costs to use Google Maps in South Africa

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This is how much it costs to use Google Maps in South Africa

Navigation apps have become an integral part of modern driving, and Google Maps is a standard travelling companion for many South Africans.

The app's helpful features make it very attractive to modern drivers, as they no longer need to buy a dedicated GPS device or pull over to look at maps or printed directions.
 
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Mobile data will cost you a small amount for using real-time traffic alerts...
 
Well, my maps say it's used 38MB, that was for around 5/6 hours over a distance of about 250km outside of offline saved maps, and then traffic notifications and stuff for offline saved within CT.
4.74MB were background, so assume that's probably the entirety of traffic notifications and stuff for this month.

Digital well being says I've used Google Maps about 40 hours this month, so 0.9MB/hour or something according to MyBB metrics.
I'm on Telkom, so 9c/hour. I think that's okay.

I would also need to check if my reviews where I upload images counted towards Google Maps data, as you upload from within that app.
 
Biggest downside of Google Maps for me is lack of speedo and overspeed warning.
 
Biggest downside to Google maps is how out of date they are for South Africa.
 
Google maps is okay but a dedicated GPs like TomTom or Garmin is far superior.

I used Google Maps today to go far North from KZN and a lot of roads were closed due to flood damage but appeared open on Google Maps.

I plugged the Garmin and it immediately redirected me to open roads with a warning about damaged roads.
 
Biggest downside of Google Maps for me is lack of speedo and overspeed warning.
Google's conference did say they'd have it soon, but still limited.
https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/19/18189559/google-maps-speed-limits-android-and-ios-apps
Lots recommend using this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pluscubed.velociraptor&hl=en_ZA
It overlays on top of Google Maps with your current speed and speed limit on it.

Otherwise Waze.

Google maps is okay but a dedicated GPs like TomTom or Garmin is far superior.

I used Google Maps today to go far North from KZN and a lot of roads were closed due to flood damage but appeared open on Google Maps.

I plugged the Garmin and it immediately redirected me to open roads with a warning about damaged roads.
You need a "Local Guide" to mark it as closed: https://www.localguidesconnect.com/...-Google-Maps-during-Mumbai-Floods/td-p/435842
Not sure if that still applies.

Otherwise, Waze: https://support.google.com/waze/answer/6262574?hl=en
 
In terms of POIs or roads? What were you looking for?

Both but roads mostly. Shows roads that don't exist, except perhaps in some urban planners fevered imagination. Streetview is 10 years out of date. POI depend on users to mark and clearly people don't especially outside of major centers.
 
Both but roads mostly. Shows roads that don't exist, except perhaps in some urban planners fevered imagination. Streetview is 10 years out of date. POI depend on users to mark and clearly people don't especially outside of major centers.

Yeah, the POI thing is one of the reasons why I created my website. POIs shouldn't be left to Google.
 
I use Google maps daily, I don't leave the city. have offline maps for entire Cape town, so I am guessing data usage is entirely for traffic updates. This is my data usage for the month.
I have a rain sim as my second sim so its r50 for a gigabyte of data.
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Both but roads mostly. Shows roads that don't exist, except perhaps in some urban planners fevered imagination. Streetview is 10 years out of date. POI depend on users to mark and clearly people don't especially outside of major centers.
POI is user generated, not Google, that's why it works better in major centers.
 
Waze is the best navigation app, constantly updated by users, so the most up to date. Best for traffic and rerouting by monitoring other users and their reports. Check it out. The more Waze users there are, the more accurate the app is.
 
Nokia HERE maps works nicely. Download the maps and then overlay the live traffic.
 
Waze is the best navigation app, constantly updated by users, so the most up to date. Best for traffic and rerouting by monitoring other users and their reports. Check it out. The more Waze users there are, the more accurate the app is.
Google also monitors what's going on while you're driving and without any user input.
 
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