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    AT&T Makes GM Cars a Data Plan Add-On

    Your car could soon be just another "device" on your Mobile Share plan, if you're an AT&T customer and happen to own a GM vehicle.


    The carrier announced on Monday that it would soon begin supporting LTE on select GM cars as a $10 add-on to AT&T Inc.
    http://www.lightreading.com/iot/iot-.../d/d-id/709032

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    I like this. Glad we don't have to pay another $50 5GB bolt on like I was thinking previously.

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    Can't I just turn my mobile hot spot on, on my phone like I do now for the tablet......for the car? And save the $10 add on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizam76 View Post
    Can't I just turn my mobile hot spot on, on my phone like I do now for the tablet......for the car? And save the $10 add on?
    Sure, you could do that, assuming the head unit is Wi-Fi capable.

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    The only need for data in the automobile is to use it as a mobile hotspot for devices you carry such as telephones and tablets. If the telephones already have a data connection, the automobile hotspot would be redundant. The most likely use for the mobile hotspot would be to give Wi-Fi coverage for passengers who are not on the driver's data plans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by efparri View Post
    The only need for data in the automobile is to use it as a mobile hotspot for devices you carry such as telephones and tablets.
    That's hardly the only use for data in the car. Think OnStar, navigation, weather and radar, entertainment, tracking, fleet management, theft recovery, etc. The possibilities are endless...

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    You would let a fleet manager use your personal data plan? We are discussing how a GM owner would use the data in the car. The OnStar functions would be on General Motors dime paid for out of your subscription. Most of the cars GM will sell with OnStar will have a built-in GSP/Radio unit. It is silly how GM tries to get you to subscribe to directions through OnStar, which is currently voice directions only.
    Last edited by efparri; 05-12-2014 at 09:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizam76 View Post
    Can't I just turn my mobile hot spot on, on my phone like I do now for the tablet......for the car? And save the $10 add on?

    via the HoFo App
    Quote Originally Posted by efparri View Post
    The only need for data in the automobile is to use it as a mobile hotspot for devices you carry such as telephones and tablets. If the telephones already have a data connection, the automobile hotspot would be redundant. The most likely use for the mobile hotspot would be to give Wi-Fi coverage for passengers who are not on the driver's data plans.
    This could be for the Soccer Mom's vehicle if the Husband (who might be the HotSpot primary) is not with her and the kids can use their Wi-Fi tablets/devices on the go.

    Businesses could have this for their company cars instead of having buying HSPA/LTE enabled tablets/netbooks/iPads and can just buy the cheaper Wi-Fi only versions on the road.

    Either way it's available for those who might need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by efparri View Post
    You would let a fleet manager use your personal data plan? We are discussing how a GM owner would use the data in the car. The OnStar functions would be on General Motors dime paid for out of your subscription.
    This could be for a Rental Car service to have as an additional option to offer its customers during their rental use since they can buy day passes of 250 MB for $5.

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    When you look at Tesla vehicles the front dash is a great big tablet interface. Having a built in cellular radio with an antennae distributed throughout the car for better RF would be preferred to turning on my phone's HotSpot causing it to overheat.

    Food for thought. AT&T's Connected Car Concept: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQxTwGCA8gY

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    If data are coming from the same bucket, use the telephone's data connection directly.

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    Nobody knows yet, the data with this deal goes through OnStar.

    GM is running the service through its OnStar service, which turns the car into a WiFi hotspot capable of connecting up to seven devices. OnStar customers will get a three-month free trial with LTE and then have the option to sign up for a new plan, with a $5 discount on the 200 MB or 1GB plan. Or, as further options, GM is also letting drivers buy day passes of 250 MB for $5 or a year's worth of data at 10 GB per month for $200 -- $150 if you're an OnStar customer

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    I don't want to pay more each month to add the car to my AT&T account, so that the whole neighborhood (or whoever) can tether off my car. Most usually have their own dang data plan. So they can use their own!

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    Quote Originally Posted by XFF View Post
    That's hardly the only use for data in the car. Think OnStar, navigation, weather and radar, entertainment, tracking, fleet management, theft recovery, etc. The possibilities are endless...
    many people outside of the industry don't understand how much can be done with a data connection. the extent of their exposure to data is the internet, gaming and email.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizam76 View Post
    I don't want to pay more each month to add the car to my AT&T account, so that the whole neighborhood (or whoever) can tether off my car. Most usually have their own dang data plan. So they can use their own!

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    u leave your wifi open and broadcast your ssid?

    very bad things can happen if you do either of those.

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