Thanks for the feedback. I have a detecter in the three vehicles I drive. I picked up the current Excort GPS unit last year and have been taking advantage of the periodic updates to the database. My experience has been positive but when I learned that I can take advantage of real time updates, that was very cool. The sale price now for the blue tooth / display / control module plus a year of service is $75 which looked like a great deal to me.
I have a 4+ year old Escort Redline, and a less than a year old Beltronics STi Magnum. I got the STi because about a year ago, the Redline starting displaying "Service Required" needing their $100 typical service, or get an $80 credit towards a trade in. I loved the Redline, but its ramp up was TERRIBLE. And I needed a undetectable detector so I had to go with the STi, and I'm so glad I did. It's essentially the same hardware as the Redline, but it has so much better ramp up. But right now, they have a $140 tune up service that doubles the warranty to a full year instead of 6 months, you get bumped to the front of the line for the service compared to those that paid got the standard $100 service, new case, accessories, smart cup, and most of all, a Live smart cord, and a year of Live.
I was content to continue using the STi, but at that price, I'd love to have an essentially brand new Redline with a free year of Live. I'll continue using the STi in the daily driver like this:
And will mount the Redline rear facing off the silver "tulip" panel with Live otherwise. But in my area I'd be surprised to see any usership, which is why I will likely NOT renew the Live service after the free year is up unless I unexpectedly move. I only really see K and Ka in my area, and laser only if I go to a neighboring area so I don't see much improved detection on radar, but with a dedicated front and rear facing laser detector now, I'm hoping rear laser detection will be VASTLY improved.
The only thing I haven't mentioned yet is, you need a smart phone to use Live.