GM Will Offer Internet Access in Most 2015 Year Model Vehicles
November 13, 2013 10:06 AM
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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
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.
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RE: It would make more sense...
11/13/2013 2:32:20 PM
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...
11/14/2013 4:08:57 PM
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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