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I want to buy a USB powered GPS module together with a mapping software. Any recommendations and various options that I have ?

Much like Garmin's MapSource software and GPS 18 USB:

nRoute features an easy-to-use interface, making it intuitive to operate so you can focus on driving. It offers auto-routing and voice-prompting capabilities to virtually any address. The GPS 18 USB includes a 12 parallel channel, WAAS-enabled sensor with USB connection.

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GPS's are so cheap, why not just buy one? –  prestomation Jan 3 '10 at 20:23
    
i already carry quite a lot of devices while travel..why not put all into one? –  iceman May 14 '10 at 22:47

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I did something similar recently - I bought a ~£20 Bluetooth GPS receiver off of eBay and used Microsoft Mappoint.

It does work well, but not as portable (or cheap) as a stand alone GPS!

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I have a garmin GPS-10x that I have used with my laptop as a navigation aid, and integrated it with MSAcess to record locations. This model used Blue Tooth which for mobile apps can be a plus.

The only thing I didn't like about it was that the mapping software used proprietary protocol, and to get it to switch to NMEA sentence mode you had to power the unit on / off.

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Microsoft Streets & Trips with GPS Locator is available from several retailers for about $50.

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i'm using a BU-353 + iGuidance Maps with my 701 4G, not quite the cheapest but it works like a charm and very accurate.

of course i didn't want anything sticking out of my little roadwarrior, so it had to go inside :)

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