GM is turning its new Chevy cars into Wi-Fi hotspots
— By Kirsten Korosec on January 6, 2014, 10:41 AM PST
I own a car to long to expect that technology to hold up for that many years. I don't want to be stuck with GM WiFi service or whatever carriers they want to use. Can't see locking myself into the car with that option. I want to use my own service choices.
I don't do business with any AT&T entity, land line nor wireless nor Internet. So if I could use my current Sprint plan which is unlimited, great. But I won't be buying a GM car I guess for that reason. There are plenty of others from which to choose that are as good and mostly better. AT&T. I hate being told who I have to do business with by someone I'm doing business with. Yuck.
"The 4G LTE rollout will mean most Chevrolet vehicles will have built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, which will allows its passengers (and let's be honest probably the drivers too) to connect their smartphones, laptops and tablets to high-speed Internet without burning through their data plans. Each vehicles can accommodate multiple devices at one time, the automaker said."
Great. Another monthly bill to pay, per car, price TBD.
I know a lot of people, (many who are not of particularly affluent means) who are now paying near 4-figures a month on "connectedness", when you combine what they're spending on cable or satellite TV, Internet access, mobile phones and ancillary services. Many don't even realize it. I guess that's what the industry is counting on.
Yeah, what's this all really about, is the hardware included in the cars by default, is there any way they can 'make' you keep paying for a car you already bought? Is this like the cable companies that quote a price for TV service but said service is impossible to utilize unless you also rent their boxes forever?
Not that it wouldn't be nice to have the connectivity, but indeed at what price?
@JohnMcGrew Exactly, how many cell bills can one person take. There is also the issue of the "map". Should we be paying more for "connectedness" as you so eloquently put it, that we do a car payment? Cable, cell 1 and cell 2, then car 1 and car 2! Relying on AT&T for a long road trip is futile.
@ProfQuill @JohnMcGrew And I am not arguing that this is a bad feature. The hardware cost is probably nominal, and it's cheaper for them to integrate it into all models instead of some and not others. And I am sure that a lot of people will find great value in it and won't mind another $100 bill. Personally, I doubt I would, as my existing smartphone has all the data capability I need.