This has got to be the biggest news in mapping for several years. The Ordnance Survey (OS) have significantly reduced the price of their digital maps and this reduction is reflected in the new prices announced from suppliers of GPS mapping companies such as SatMap (I’m a SatMap user hence the plug).
Here’s an example; a SatMap “GB Platinum South” map bundled with a “GB Platinum North” map (both at 1:50k, 1:25k and 1:10k scales) covering all of Great Britain would previously have cost £2,100. SatMap are now offering both of these maps for a total price of £230. Wow, a reduction from £2,100 to £230. I keep doing the sums and can’t believe it!
I’m sure other mapping services using OS digital maps are also passing on the OS price reductions. I suspect that free online map services from companies such as Google may have been a factor in these price reductions.
I admit that I’m a geek when it comes to maps and always have been as far as I can remember. So these price reductions have me pretty excited and I hope will benefit those who venture, or wish to venture, outdoors.