GM Announces Pricing Plans for 4G/LTE-Based in-car Wi-Fi Hotspots

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GM Announces Pricing Plans for 4G/LTE-Based in-car Wi-Fi Hotspots

May 13, 2014 9:42 AM, By Doug Irwin, CPBE DRB AMD

Detroit - May 12, 2014 - GM has announced pricing for its new mobile hot-spot feature, which will debut in the 2015 Chevy Malibu. Each in-car Wi-Fi hotspot (using ATT 4G/LTE) will support up to seven devices, which could include laptops, tablets, smartphones or game consoles.

According the Register, GM will use a common marketing gimmick. "We're excited to give millions of customers an opportunity to explore the technology without paying extra for a data plan for three months or three gigabytes,� said Mary Chan, president of OnStar, GM's partner in providing over-the-air security, navigation, diagnostics and other capabilities. After three months, GM - through its provider AT&T - will start charging for data streaming. Subscribers to OnStar's Safe & Sound or Directions & Connection services will be able to add 200MB of data per month for $5, 1GB for $15, 3GB for $30, and 5GB for $50. Non-subscribers will pay $10, $20, $30, and $50 for the same bandwidth amounts.

GM's rollout will be extensive, beginning with the soon-to-be-released 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, followed by 15 Chevys, four Buicks, six GMCs, and seven Caddies, all by the end of this year.

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