It's probably very similar to the GPS hardware that comes with "lifetime" free maps. They say right up front that maps will be provided for the "lifetime" of the GPS, which may only be 5 years. I'm paraphrasing, of course, but it's very much along those lines. Basically, they say what the lifetime of the equipment is, and after that, they no longer have to support it. --- Do you believe in God? Warning, your answer will determine how this game ends.