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Old 03-06-2013, 09:04 PM   #1
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Why pay for sync services?

So - picked up my focus way back in December of 2011. Since then I have had at most 1 month of sync services available in the car. When I updated to MFT 3.5 I even made sure I did a master reset so there would be a chance it would reset. Since then I had 1 week of services before I was told my subscription wasn't active. First how do you keep the bloody thing from being wrong and second, without doing a master reset how do I get it back? I really don't want to screw up what little bit is working currently. The one. Week of service did not occur right after the master reset but about 1 week later. The website shows my account is active. Thoughts?


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Old 03-06-2013, 10:18 PM   #2
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It's free for 3 years. Call them and they will get it working.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:40 AM   #3
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The SMR website will say your account is active until the end of your 3 year period, but you need to "renew"(activate) it on the website each year before the anniversary date. If you've done that I'd contact them ASAP. As far as I've seen and experienced MFT has had no effect on the availability and connection to SYNC services, so I don't resets will help this issue. ALIME.
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Ive been debating on paying for the service, but not sure if its worth it.
I was looking over the ford website yesterday (getting registered and what not) and saw where it said if you pay for the service there was something similar to navigation (my car has sync, but didnt come with nav). The way I understand it is it syncs to your phone and if you need directions it uses mapquest.
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Is the service worth it?
What do you use most out of the paid sync service?
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:49 AM   #5
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Ive been debating on paying for the service, but not sure if its worth it.
I was looking over the ford website yesterday (getting registered and what not) and saw where it said if you pay for the service there was something similar to navigation (my car has sync, but didnt come with nav). The way I understand it is it syncs to your phone and if you need directions it uses mapquest.
Is that right?

Is the service worth it?
What do you use most out of the paid sync service?
I just bought it for my 2013.......... it is pretty useful. Im with you in the fact that i only have the sync not the MyFordTouch. It does take a little time for the transfer from your phone to your car. But that being said it does seem to work pretty well.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:52 AM   #6
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Ive been debating on paying for the service, but not sure if its worth it.
I was looking over the ford website yesterday (getting registered and what not) and saw where it said if you pay for the service there was something similar to navigation (my car has sync, but didnt come with nav). The way I understand it is it syncs to your phone and if you need directions it uses mapquest.
Is that right?

Is the service worth it?
What do you use most out of the paid sync service?
I wouldn't pay for it, but I do find it convenient. I've used directions or find a business most often. Probably 1 or 2 times a month. You can send a destination from mapquest to your car, but it builds it's own directions. You CANNOT choose the route sent from Mapquest only the destination. It will re-route if you take a different route, but it takes a few minutes to do that. If you need to depend on navigation very often, I'd get a GPS.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:56 AM   #7
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Ive been debating on paying for the service, but not sure if its worth it.
I was looking over the ford website yesterday (getting registered and what not) and saw where it said if you pay for the service there was something similar to navigation (my car has sync, but didnt come with nav). The way I understand it is it syncs to your phone and if you need directions it uses mapquest.
Is that right?

Is the service worth it?
What do you use most out of the paid sync service?
I just noticed you have a 2012 SEL. You should get the service for free for 1st 3 years or did you buy it used? If you bought it used you might try calling and see if they activate for the remaining time from 3 years from original new purchase. Worst case they'll say no.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:06 AM   #8
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It isn't expensive, but still doesn't seem worth it to me. Navigation is the only feature of any value, but it takes time for them to download, if cell phone coverage is spotty you're out of luck and I've found the directions themselves to be less than reliable.
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I just noticed you have a 2012 SEL. You should get the service for free for 1st 3 years or did you buy it used? If you bought it used you might try calling and see if they activate for the remaining time from 3 years from original new purchase. Worst case they'll say no.
Yea, I bought it used. But thats a good idea. Ill give them a call.

I dont use GPS very often, but I could see it being handy to find like the closest gas station, or a bite to eat. Something like that. Of course I could just do the same thing with my phone itself
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The SYNC nav is a bit kludgey as it uses your phone as a modem to download the directions (all at one time, then you get your phone back), but it works pretty darn well. I fall into the category of rarely needing directions and even more rarely not having Droid Razr Maxx for nav, so in a year and a half I've used it maybe 4 times. Would I pay to renew? Prolly not. Would I have bought MFT for nav? Definitely not.
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