In this day and age, we’re used to having connectivity to the outside world anytime, anywhere and from any device. Much of that has to do with the great success the wireless carriers have had in creating expansive wireless networks with thousands upon thousands of cell towers from coast to coast and everywhere in between.
Now, they’re putting all those towers and technology to use in yet another form: inside your vehicle. Beginning with 2014 models, General Motors will give the option (through its OnStar subsidiary) to add cellular functionality to your car, truck or SUV via AT&T’s 4G LTE network. What’s that mean for you? All your WiFi-equipped devices can connect to the Internet while you’re on the road.
Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility, had this to say:
“We’re working closely with GM to grow the connected car base, and provide unique and relevant services that will improve the connected experience inside automobiles for both drivers and passengers.”
GM will bring 4G LTE to its Chevy, Buick, GMS and Cadillac brands next year. While full pricing details haven’t been announced yet, it’s safe to assume there will be an extra cost on the purchase price of your vehicle, as well as a monthly service fee like any of AT&T’s other data services. If it works like AT&T’s prepaid data plans (think iPad or other data-only devices), they currently offer 250MB for $15/mo, 3GB for $30/mo and 5GB for $50/mo. Since the service will be part of OnStar, expect another $18 to $27 on top of that.
We’ll be sure to let you know when more details are provided.
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