AT&T Vehicle WiFi Hotspot

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    For those who may not have the latest vehicle with a wifi hotspot included, AT&T do not want to leave you out as they (through ZTE) will offer an OBD II port device that will provide an in-vehicle hotspot. As if AT&T was not making enough off of data and tethering services, what better way to squeeze more money out of customers....(correction) provide for customer convenience than to make sure customers can access their network in car. If you are interested in signing up check out the AT&T site where you can expect to pay $100 for the device (full price), $10 device fee, $20 for 1 GB of data, and $30 for 3 GB of data.

    Sources: AT&T’S FIRST VEHICLE WI-FI HOTSPOT, THE ZTE MOBLEY, AVAILABLE SEPT. 11 via The AT&T / ZTE Mobley Is An LTE Hotspot For Your Car, Works Via OBD-II Port
     
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    Um...so it plugs into your pcm data port..obd2..so roughly anything 94 on..I wouldn't allow OnStar in my vehicle..sure as heck not this..I'll go make my tinfoil hat now..
     
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    Agree, there is no way I am plugging anything like that in my OBD port. What's to keep someone from taking my data (ie speeds) and sending that information somewhere?

    Can you imagine getting a ticket in the mail for speeding and like, wait I was not pulled over or even seen a hint of a trooper. Yet you have an envelope full of speeding tickets and a bill from At&t for wifi usage. I am not saying it will happen but I do not want to hear that it can, especially since you know it has access to internet.

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    There's that and the possibility of hacking ..tracking, new mail to your home or email...we see you have 200k on your 2014, would you like a loan for a new car?

    Come to Larry's brakes..we'll get your body module abs code taken care of

    In need of an oil change..here's a 3$ off if you come to slickys....

    Heellllllll nooooo!!!
     
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    Some cars already have black boxes installed. And the insurance companies want you to install even more garbage to "supposedly" lower your rates. I call it nanny state.
     
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    ^tried that once and will never do it again. What they consider hard braking is not realistic. You brake the way they want you to brake then be prepared to get a bunch of horns and angry looks.
     
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    Now that most plans have tethering, I don't understand the point of adding ANOTHER device to your plan....just increase your data and tether.
     
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    Be interesting to see how many people they are able to hook with this. And if AT&T is successful then you know Verizon will not be far behind with their own version, especially with 5G around the corner. The more they can nickel and dime people the better their share prices look.
     
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    Verizon has had a couple of different models that do this for a while now. Made by Delphi. We looked into them at work for diagnostic notifications on the fleet, in vehicle Wi-Fi, and avl type features. Never went any further.

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    It never ceases to amaze me how dependent people are becoming to being hooked to the internet.... really it wasn't all that long ago that when you wanted to talk to someone you paged them, waited for them to get home or to a pay phone and call you back.

    Now we are so dependant we have to have Internet in our cars....

    My big question is why not use the data connection already on your phone? Why pay more money for an in car connection.... Or am I missing how/where it pulls a signal from?

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    Because we are in a capitalistic society with an elitist mindset. Think about it.

    When Satellite TV (Directv) first came out almost 15+ years ago it was crazy expensive yet people would finance it through Sears just to say they have what their friends don't have. It is literally like that with everything whether it be Directv, Sirius Radio, Flat screens, etc. People pay a premium to have it first even if it is full of bugs or issues. Wait a few years later and those same companies are literally giving their stuff away at a discount. Even with smart phones, we are seeing low cost companies like Blu(Blu Announces The New Pure XL: 6" QHD Display, 3GB RAM, 64GB Storage, NFC, 2GHz Octa-Core Processor, Fingerprint Reader, And More For $350) make phones with specs that would be considered premium nearly a year and a half ago.

    Don't get me wrong I am not going to tell anyone what to do with their money. If you want to be first in line to get the next gadget and you have the money then get it. I was one of the first in line for LTE with the HTC Thunderbolt (bugs and all). Compared to what I paid for the T-Bolt Blu offers devices at half the price and better specs. If companies can capitalize on people wanting to pay more for status then so be it. I hope I can come up with an invention that people are willing to shell out money for.
     
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    @pc747 I was one of those who went to Sears to get a replacement receiver once, (didn't finance it though). But I thought it was Echostar, Dish.
     
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