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.
One time fee yes. Monthly payment not really.
A lot of us spend hours editing the maps, we are working for free to add content to Waze, I'm okey with working for free but paying to work is a big no no.
But if you must have ads, there should be a system that activates it for the ones that have none or very low ranks on the map editor and/or client.
The ones actively updating the map and reporting on the road should be considered staff and have a ad-free Waze.
To the previous comment: I would like to have some VISABILITY not disability... Sigh...dastardly spell check strikes again.
Perhaps an option to "ghost" ads or all ads - as an advertiser, I think it would be good if drivers could do that and then turn them on again when they're in a position to view...in a Plaza or parking lot looking for what's around, for example. I am in my first month of advertising my small business on Waze. I understand the concern and frustration when ads obliterate your route BUT I would like to have some disability.
Anna McCullough commented
ABSOLUTELY! I'd happily pay as well. My phone screen is already abysmally cluttered with this new UI and the ads don't help.
Please offer an add free version. The adds cover part of the map and it is a distraction to clear the add. Hopefully it will not take a lawsuit for Waze to see the light. I really like Waze but I have to look at safe alternatives at this point. Google Maps for example also shows traffic, routes around the traffic etc and best of all the map is not covered by adds.
Adds cover half my screen 800*600 screen) it sucks. It actually ruins it for me entirely.
I'm REALLY sick, of ads to a point where I am ready to completely delete the app, and just use google.
I think it's pretty ridiculous, if we are the community that create the app, and if we have used it for years, so basically we built it with you, and we have gotten to the highest level, it shows you we are dedicated. So please....give us an ad free version.
SO SO SO SO SO SO SICK OF YOUR ADS!!!
Also the ads appear often at very dangerous intersections.
If I EVER have an accident, where I'm trying to see where I'm going but Waze pops up with an ad. I will sue you. It happened already, almost twice. Let it not be a third time.
Have an option to remove ads! Pronto!!!
please remove this, I just would pay 20 per year but include offline maps , speed limit , everything else including payment applications espcially tom tom that greatly improved its interface among other things
I wouldn't mind the ads if they can coupons attached :D
Bart Youngblood commented
Agreed. As a map editor, it is my observation that a good number of them are incorrectly placed (there was a KFC ad around the corner from where I work that was placed on the FedEx SuperHub ramp, the nearest actual KFC is about 3-4 miles away!) and it is hard to get the advertisers or Waze staff to fix them. I wouldn't mind paying a small annual fee (hell, for the amount of time I've put in editing the map, I should just get the ad free version for free!) to do away with the ads.
Why you no quiero taco Bell?
Yes, please get rid of the ads on Waze! Particularly because they BLOCK MY MAP and make me a more distracted driver. This is a dangerous and stupid move. I will start using another map app if these ads don't go away.
Would love ad free.
I don't have a problem with icons on the map, but the pop-up ads when you come to a stop have been a problem for me. There have been several situations (where I have been navigating to a location I was not familiar with) where an ad popped up when I hit a stop light and Waze never recovered. It froze for a couple of minutes and then crashed. When it finally came back up it had forgotten the route I was on and I had to search from scratch.
I'm not sure if this is what everyone is referring to, but I hate the myriad of restaurant icons (especially Dunkin Donuts in my area) covering the map and obscuring intersections and street names. I'd like to get dynamic updates on traffic and police action, but if I can't read the map, my old Garmin GPS serves me better. I don't want to get too attached to Waze, because I believe it's just a matter of time before the voice interface starts saying, "Dunkin Donuts on right in one quarter mile."
I'd like to see (and pay for) an ad-free version, but I suspect these corporations have much deeper pockets than us, so I'm not holding my breath.
Bethany Hanson commented
Hey folks, just to point out, this isn't the kind of thing you can pay once for and it's done. Waze should institute a monthly or annual paid scheme, so as to support development and support of their product and servers. I would pay $2-5/month to support an ad-free Waze.
sorry but I don't agree on this one. I like know where dunkin donuts are on the map, however, it would be nice to be able to toggle OFF a chain that I won't go to. I always thought that it would be nice to add a Yelp like feature so I could see the "particular" type of restaurant that I like along the route I'm travelling.
Yep, I'd pay up to 5 for a lifetime or maybe a dollar a year to get rid of the ads
Like many others, would gladly pay for an ad-free version of Waze. Would even do it as an in-app purchase for 6-12 months at a time. Ideally, would be a one time / lifetime ad free payment.