Hailitele Chinese GPS rip off??

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I won a GPS from Hailitele a seller based in China.

Like many people I won it unbelievably cheap, so cheap in fact, that I considered it a gamble rather than a purchase. I could not see how the seller could make a profit. There's an old saying that "If the price is too good to be true, then it probably IS too good to be true. Nevertheless the seller had massive feedback, and there were no obvious sighns of dishonesty, so I sent my money off and crossed my fingers. A friend of mine did the same. Some days letter we received an email advising us of a delay in despatch, and offering a 5$ .compensation payment. I worte back, declining the offer, on the grounds that my iyem was cheap enough, and that I was prepared to wait.

Surpisingly enough it did! When I opened the box I found a very well made unit that powered up immediately,.It gve me a seventeen digit code and pointed me to a website, where apparently I could obtain an activation code for the navi part of it.

As many of you know, and the reason I'm writing this guide, that 17 digit  number does not work! Now I'm both fairly honest, and fairly technically competent, so I  looked into it.

First I emailed Route66 the software company that wrote the software shipped with these GPS's, and asked them why my GPS couldn't be activated. They told me that I ought to have a 7 or 9 alphanumeric code stuck to the software disk, and that without it nothing could be done. When I asked If I could BUY a licence, they told me that their software did not run on this type of machine.

No help there.

I since have found the sopftware can, and does run on my no=name chinese GPS. It is possible to goolgle up some sites where people hack WINce machines for pleasure, and this software can be made to work.

The only fly in the ointment, is that it would appear that none of us actually got a licence to use the software installed on our GPS units, so whilst it IS possible to get the unit to work, it's an act of theft from the authors of the software, Route66 so to do.

On the plus side, The  photo viewer works really well, and you can use the gizmo as a small photo frame, with a really good display, whilst the MP3 player plays a selection of tunes in the background! In a similar vein the Video player works really well on mine too. The sound quality out of the internal speaker is surprisingly good and if you put it though a hi-fi mine really sounds quite decent.

I believe that someone a little cleverer than I could sort out a legal source of software for this at a reasonable cost, and then it would be a really nice bit of kit.

As for Hailitele, I think they were a victim as much a perpetrator. I think their business model was based on shipping huge quantity at a cut down price, which is fine, providing everything goes well. In my case they seemed to try really hard to get me my unit, and advise me when there was a delay, and I can't fault that.

As for my mate, he is still waiting for his unit to arrive, but we are not very optimistic, give what seems to have happened with the sellers recent feedback, and his subsequent de-registration..

I hope this little guide helps to point people in the right direction with these type of units. Both those who have one and are struggling with the software issues, and anyone considering buying a similar unit, supiciously cheap.

Steve C.


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