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With AT&T Passport plan, do we also need GPS or MiFi for driving/maps?

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For our upcoming trip, we're renting a car through Auto Europe for time in Provence. We will be traveling with our kids, and of course I'd prefer not to get lost.

Auto Europe offers GPS and MiFi. The MiFi unit is like a personal wifi hotspot with a 1.25 GB limit and then speeds go down to 2G. For the number of days we will be there, the GPS and MiFi together cost $130.

We will have the $30 AT&T Passport international plan on our cell phones. That only provides 120 MB of cellular data, so it is mainly just useful for texting and using wifi when we are abroad.

I obtained the Michelin map that Stu recommends for Provence, #113. I also loaded offline maps apps HERE and Maps.ME onto my phone, and downloaded their Provence maps areas.

However, I've heard Michelin's maps have some errors (I'm not sure about HERE and Maps.ME). Do you think we'll want access to real-time maps over cellular data, and therefore we would want the Auto Europe GPS or the MiFi (so we can download Google Maps through our iPhones), or both?

Or do you think the MiFi or the GPS would be good for additional reasons I'm not thinking of? We are supposed to have wifi at the little house we are renting (knocking on wood), so I'm just thinking about driving.

Your thoughts would be welcome. Thank you!

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