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How Does a Business get added to the Garmin POIs?

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How does a new businees go about getting added to the Garmin POI data base? Does Garmin, Magellan, Tom Tom, etc. get their POI database info from the same source?

I never gave this any thought until last night when I noticed that 2 7-Eleven's (convenience stores, in case they aren't common to you folks across the country) north of downtown L.A., aren't in there. Not on the list and not on the map, even when you are physically in front of the store. These aren't new stores, either.


Weird. :)

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I think that some of it comes from business's that list their numbers in yellow or white pages. Because my wifes and I both have a home busines and hers shows up but mine does not. Mine is a cell phone number that is not listed in the White or yellow pages. Hers is listed in both.

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Yes, in my [residential] area, the POI database shows a bunch of businesses that are clearly not residential businesses (you're not going to be looking for a part time caterer working out of her house when you're on the road craving a quick burger. Only conclusion it's from phone book records.

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