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Pricing not yet announced for the service which is provided by AT&T

GM has announced that it has teamed up with AT&T to give customers internet access inside most of its 2015 model year vehicles (courtesy of an LTE modem). The partnership will allow AT&T customers add their vehicle as a device on a new or existing AT&T data plan.
 
The plan will also allow owners of LTE modem equipped vehicles to purchase access on an “as needed” basis, similar to what AT&T already allows with tablets such as Apple’s iPad.


Mom's daily ride will now give the kiddos internet access on the way to soccer practice
 
GM VP of Global Connected Consumer said during the Barclays Global Automotive Conference, "So we’re trying to make this as flexible as possible and as easy as possible to get the customer used to buying data connections inside of their vehicles."
 
GM and AT&T haven't announced pricing for the service, which is expected to be available in mid-2014. It should also be noted that the integrated AT&T service won't replace GM's OnStar service. 

Source: Detroit News



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It would make more sense...
By Motoman on 11/13/2013 10:51:05 AM , Rating: 2
...to set up internet access with a satellite system in a car - granted that everyone already has a smartphone, one possible advantage to having satellite internet in your car would be continuous internet access while driving across vast rural areas with no cell service. And granted that satellite service is available essentially everywhere, you avoid the problem of coverage from one given cellular provider.

Having said that, I think the appeal is fairly low once you think about it...as noted by many, who doesn't have a smartphone with internet access these days? And there's a reasonable chance you could tether to it from your laptop or whatever on a long trip. Many people would so rarely venture into areas where their own cell phone has no service...

On the other hand, it certainly would be a pleasure to have internet service in the middle of Bumblef%ck, Nowhere. Maybe on a camping trip, say. Or if you've got a family, and a Suburban/Van or something, you can get one of those el cheapo DVD players with the dual screens (I've seen them as low as $50), have the kids bring the XBox along, and they can play all their XBox games during the entire trip...even the online stuff. And they'd probably therefore be quiet the whole damn time ;)




RE: It would make more sense...
By Motoman on 11/13/2013 10:52:07 AM , Rating: 2
Actually I should qualify that you can't really *game* online on a satellite connection...but at least chat and other social aspects would work.


RE: It would make more sense...
By DanNeely on 11/13/2013 2:32:20 PM , Rating: 2
The dishes used for satellite internet are as large as or larger than the ones your TV comes down on; they're too big to fit on a car. Also, unlike a cell antenna which is more or less an omnidirectional device satellite dishes are parabolic reflectors and need to be aimed directly at a satellite to get a signal. Maintaining a lock on a moving vehicle is not easy.


RE: It would make more sense...
By Motoman on 11/14/2013 4:08:57 PM , Rating: 2
Nah, they have in-motion satellite recievers for RVs and such that I know off the top of my head are only 5" high or so...and that's just an add-on thing you stick on yourself.

I'm sure that if GM wanted to integrate it smoothly into the top of an SUV they could do it.


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