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Please offer an ad-free version of Waze.

I'm pretty sick of seeing Taco Bells, Ramada Inns, and Smart Water pop up on my map. I'd pay up to $5 for a version of Waze without advertisements.

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    Mike F.Mike F. shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Stop showing distracting and annoying ads. I am driving and I use Waze to navigate. Not to show me where I can buy mineral water. I do not drink mineral water.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please offer an ad free version I'll happily pay! The latest release is more intrusive than ever, now when I shut Waze down a tiny advert icon appears on my home screen and stays there because the app is still running in the background.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would immediately pay for an ad-free version too. Ads are dangerous in this type of app.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You should be allowed to delete location that you created easily for reasons as if the business moved or the wrong address was stored

      • AdamAdam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For sure! Not only are they annoying, they are DISTRACTING and unsafe, taking up a large area of the screen. I'd pay $5 in a heartbeat.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        DISTRACTING AD POP-UPS ARE DANGEROUS!!!!!!
        Don't do this to people while they are driving!!!

        I am willing to PAY for an AD-FREE version otherwise I will be deleting this app!!!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Whats up with the ads that ask me if i want to change my route to the location of the restaurant advertising????? Come on waze....

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'll chime it as well. I'd very happily pay for a Waze app that eliminates the terrible clutter of showing me locations that I have no interest in. I don't eat at Dunkin' Donuts......ever. I just don't like them. I appreciate that others do but why do you FORCE me to try and ignore these business locations when I have absolutely no interest in them. Why? If your intent is self serving...as in it's more important for you to make money than for me to enjoy using an app, then just fess up and say so. I'd at least appreciate your honesty even if I curse what otherwise is a pretty useful application.

      • TomTom commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What is the best alternative to waze if you are a rideshare driver? Maybe this will get their attention...

      • StevenSteven commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have already left a comment on this topic, but this distraction has become, over time, such a distraction and annoyance that I feel the need to comment again.

        Ignoring the ads, Waze is my favorite navigation app, by far. But I cannot ignore the ads, because they pop up at the most inopportune time, which is pretty much always if you are driving, which is literally the only time I use Waze.

        If someone is driving, they probably already have destination, and are extremely unlikely to see an ad and think to themselves, "Gee, I think I'm going to change my current plans to include a stop at <insert fast-food restaurant here> then continue on to my previous plans." Keeping in mind that if they are thinking this stuff they are not thinking as effectively about driving, and being undistracted when driving is rather important.

        Seriously, I am notifying you (Waze) that the lesser of two evils is now using a navigation app that does not throw ads in my face. I am going to stop using Waze, which makes me very sad.

        By the way, the ads are one thing, but the pop-ups that ask me if I've seen any of the ads listed is, well, unconscionable. If you want me to tell you which ads I have seen, you should be paying me. Besides, as a software developer, I'm quite sure you already know which ads have annoyed the crap out of me since it is Waze that put them there.

        If your goal is to annoy the sh*t out of your users you have succeeded. Please make a paid version.

      • ChristineChristine commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have read a lot of these comments and I can summarize three main points:
        1.) We are willing to pay for this awesome app (but not willing to have KFC shoved in our faces while driving)
        2.) We are consciously NOT patronizing the businesses advertising in this annoying way (do I hear the word "boycott" anywhere?)
        3.) This is a DANGEROUS, deliberate distraction targeting people known to be driving (yes, even sitting at a red light or waiting in traffic for an opening to make a left turn is DRIVING). I can't imagine there isn't some clever---or dim---ambulance chaser out there who will do the math: [Liability + Deep Pockets = Big Contingency Fee]. All you need is some big tragedy connected with the timing of a KFC advertisement and it'll be cha-CHING for the lawyers. Even worse, it might actually be the TRUE CAUSE of the tragedy...why take such a chance?

        I believe these three sentiments, repeated over and over in the comments and THOUSANDS of votes posted here, should be compelling enough for WAZE to consider making an opt-in, paid, advertisement-free version.

      • ELnLAELnLA commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agree with everyone else. Ads are clutter when I'm driving. Unsafe. These ads are inappropriate for me. No more Waze for me. Junk clutter.

      • Fletcher KauffmanFletcher Kauffman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Seeing the tiny icons on the map for gas stations or fast food isn't terribly distracting, but the banners that take up half the screen, ESPECIALLY when I am stopped and trying to see where I'm going next, is crazy-making. I'd definitely Go Pro if it got rid of ads.

      • BjBj commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I will pay $2-$5 per month for an ad free version. Please consider.

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