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I know this has been out for a while, but coming in a few short months we will see the Wi-Fi built in to OnStar with AT&T 4G LTE technology.

 

The question though is, cost. No where has hinted at plans or pricing.

 

What do you guys think of this and do you think this will have an impact on Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon? Do you think we will see this technology expand to other vehicles and carriers?

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I know this has been out for a while, but coming in a few short months we will see the Wi-Fi built in to OnStar with AT&T 4G LTE technology.

 

The question though is, cost. No where has hinted at plans or pricing.

 

What do you guys think of this and do you think this will have an impact on Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon? Do you think we will see this technology expand to other vehicles and carriers?

 

This is nothing new in terms of ground breaking technology, just backed by a vendor. Cost shouldn't be any different than a mobile hotspot plan since the technology is the same. May be a $5 discount as OnStar may front some of the bill since you pay for them anyway which will probably offset by a price increase. I don't see other carriers rushing to do so. It will come eventually over the next decade.

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I know it's nothing new, that's why I titled it "Old News" because it is many years old, but it is new because this is the first year they are putting it into play.

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I thought onStar used Verizon, but I guess I thought wrong.

 

I know, that was news to me too.

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Onstar has used and will continue to use Verizon for all Onstar equipped vehicles from 2014 and prior. Starting in the 2015 model year, they are switching to AT&T as their cellular provider. 

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I think Chrysler uses Verizon also through a third party.

 

http://www.autonetmobile.com/

Chrysler, and its subsidiaries (Jeep/Dodge), currently use Sprint 3G for wifi hotspots in their cars. This is true for in-house electronics, not third party addons. Why Chrysler would not implement Sprint 4G is beyond me. Needless to say, Chrysler acts as an MVNO for Sprint, Chrysler charges the user to use the wifi hotspot feature. I'll add more later when I get the chance to mess around with Chrysler's UConnect system in my Jeep Grand Cherokee. 

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