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Just Following Directions The latest GPS devices take the guesswork out of getting anywhere.

By Amanda C. Kooser

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There's no excuse for getting lost or being late anymore. You can subscribe to GPS services on your cell phone or even pick up one of the popular standalone GPS units for your car--or your pocket. Check with your cell provider to see if it offers a subscription service like VZ Navigator from Verizon Wireless. That particular service costs $9.99 per month or $2.99 per day. It can be a good deal for infrequent GPS users or for entrepreneurs who don't want to carry an extra device.

Text-to-speech is one of the most sought-after features for a GPS unit. Instead of hearing "Turn right in 100 yards," you'll hear, "Turn right at MacArthur Blvd." Most low-cost units don't include this feature, but the $249 entry-level Navigon 2100 is one exception. For $100, you can add a subscription-free traffic alerts package that's good for as long as you own the unit.

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