OS Digital Data
OS has lots of services besides its standard maps, but if they cant get even standard products right what hope is there?
OS has a serious problem with its digital data pricing, I can buy an OS map on paper for £7 but to buy the same map for a digital device would cost me £60 its ludicrus! OS say its digital data is more versatile, however I'm sure a paper map is more reliable, can be used for longer and can easily be anotated,, and are reasonalbly water proof (esp laminated versions). Whilst a digital device may be able to orientate itself and provide satallite Location Data this ability is not provided by OS. OS also say that Digital Lasts Longer. again I have paper maps that are 15 years old, my dad has some 30+ years old. I do not own any digital devices that are that old, and If I did would I be using them as daily reliable devices or would they be relics?
So my question is why do you buy a new map? for me its because occasionally new roads are built and footpaths are moved, and trails are tcreated, and I pay £7, if I were a digital user that would be £60. what is the justification?
the procduction cost of a paper map verses a flash card? don't make me laugh! the flash card is the cheaper of the two, is easiest to transport, takes up less room in a shop, infact could even be programmed at point of sale with any map, so no stock required!!
the sooner they realise that People Dont want 'Digital Premium' They want 'Digital Norm' the better.
As for Royal Mail they can go F**k themselves.. the sooner they are broken up the better. postcodes should be free to all especially since they are an aid to the mail service.
Our local sorting office witholds un-postcoded items for 4 weeks (once 9 weeks), it has happened numerous times and every complaint is met with a 'its just a one off'.
RM is becoming a burdon not a service.