Verizon Collaborates with BMW, Hyundai, Toyota & Others to Bring 4G LTE to Cars

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    How does using your car for a 4G LTE wireless hotspot sound? Apparently it sounds good to Verizon and several car manufacturers. Verizon has brought together a consortium of companies to bring 4G LTE to automobiles. They aren't the first to do this as there are some other auto manufacturer team-ups that have been working on the idea for a while. Still, Verizon is calling theirs the 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars, and, so far they have an impressive and growing list of car Manufacturers working with them, including BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Kia and Toyota. Additionally, Verizon has recruited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology mechanical engineering professor Sanjay Sarma to assist with the tech. Here's a full press release with more details,

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    nice. now slap more cars with android, the less I have to deal with Apple when its time to buy a new car. Throw Mazda and Nissan in there and you've got most of the ones i'd be looking at when time to get a new car.
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    +1 too many IOS compatible products... DROID needs to catch up.

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    I can't wait to root my car.
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    Imagine the panicked posts in various android fora when someone "bricks" their car. ;)
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    I find it amusing that you've got two Korean car companies, two Japanese car companies and a European car company as part of this consortium. No love for the American manufacturers, huh? :blink:
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    Ford wants to do it themselves, but since they are buddies with ATT, I'm sure not.

    Chevy needs a laon by the government to even think about LTE, and is Dodge even alive>
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    I actually think Toyota is responsible for more US jobs than any US mfr, aside from maybe GM
    think Chevy just posted it's best year ever. Dodge/Chrysler are coming back too. I love the new viper
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    With lte phones, tablets, and now cars, this is where a family data plan makes sense. Not having to buy a separate data plan for each device could potentially save some money as long as they offer a high enough data amount reasonably. My wife hardly uses any data. And by the time my three daughters are old enough to have smartphones, cars, and tablets it would certainly make sense. We could potentially have a need for 15 data plans @ $30 each would be $450 per month.
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    now this is where vzw master plan of tier data comes into play. it will be a non stop data usage. i mean with the phone i can put it down. but if i go from phone then get into my car using internet radio, movies etc then to tablet, non stop consuming of data. people might use 1 gig on their phone but when its in the car and u have kids or passengers data use will go way up. imo
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    They will have to bring unlimited data back. People will use 2 gig or 4 gigs up like crazy

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    Its funny you mention that. I found out through the rumor mill that they're pushing people off of 3g to 4g because 4g is cheaper... now what this means for 4g unlimited data in the future.. idk. But you never know. :)

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    Unfortunately, the days of unlimited data are gone forever.
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    Incorrect partially. The days for new subscribers is over. It's not over for the grandfathered plans if you pay full retail for a phone when you renew after the 28th of this month.
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    If they posted their best year ever, why hasn't the govt sold all of its stake in GM? Just saying.
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