as informed in It’s not just big carriers offering unlimited data plans these days — carmaker Chevrolet has now got in on the act, announcing today that it would offer an unlimited 4G LTE plan for drivers to use inside their cars.
For that price, subscribers will be able to have access to a prepaid OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, enabled by AT&T, that offers unlimited data on the move.
The new plan comes as US carriers are suddenly rolling out their own unlimited subscription options, after years of railing against the concept.
Expect Chevrolet’s competitors to roll out their own unlimited options as people are using more and more data in their cars, for music, movies, and maps, and as in-car infotainment systems become the norm.
Chevrolet says that in-car Wi-Fi use jumped last year, with customers using 4 million gigabytes of data — that’s 200 percent more data than was used through its OnStar hotspots than in 2015.
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Chevrolet offers vehicle owners a $20 monthly unlimited in-car data plan
The in-car data business is booming, and Chevrolet is stepping up to help meet demand with a new, prepaid $20 monthly unlimited data plan – the first unlimited data plan for car owners from one of the big three in the U.S.
Chevy’s OnStar LTE connection is supplied by AT&T, and does not require any long-term commitment, so you can cancel at any time.
The plan will let people connect in-car to OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi (in models that offer this, which includes all of its lineup for late-model vehicles).
It should also boost that strong growth the GM-owned carmaker is already seeing in terms of demand for in-car data, which will help long-term with subsidizing the cost of a connected fleet with consumer subscriptions.
Connected vehicles provide additional revenue streams for carmakers, so that could be the reason Chevrolet is willing to forgo more income from different pricing tiers in this instance.
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Chevrolet to offer unlimited data plan with cars
Image copyright Reuters Image caption Chevy said cars and passengers were becoming big consumers of dataChevrolet has become the first carmaker to offer an unlimited data plan with its cars.
The deal, for a 4G LTE data plan, applies to cars sold in the US from 3 March and will cost $20 (£16) a month.
Figures gathered by Chevrolet suggest the amount of data used via wi-fi in its cars jumped by 200% last year.
In its announcement, Ford said the 4G hotspots would use wi-fi so passengers could connect directly rather than by using Bluetooth.
It has not yet released any information about prices but said the system would be an optional extra available in cars sold across Europe from 2018.
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