Audi Offers In-Car Internet On The Cheap

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
audi offers in car internet on the cheap

Audi has – via Audi Connect – turned its cars into mobile WiFi hotspots for a few years already. Now comes the killer price: For just $15 a month, you can have all you can eat wireless internet in your car.

Audi has teamed up with T-Mobile which lets you access its 3G network for cheap – once you have gotten over a minor sticker shock: The $15 plan requires an upfront $450 payment. This secures your 30 months of service after six months free for new car buyers, Extremetech says.

If you don’t want to commit for such a long time and a big lump of a payment, you can choose a $30 month-to-month plan. Using the factory-installed cellular modem, the in-car WiFi hotspot will serve up to eight users at a time.

The drawback of course is T-Mobile. Its coverage can be a bit spotty, and its 3G service often degrades to last century GPRS when outside of population centers.

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  • Lon888 Lon888 on Apr 08, 2013

    Why in the world would you want an expensive service like that from T-mobile? I currently have T-mobile as my cell carrier and their coverage is the absolute worst! Get 10 feet off an interstate and your coverage is gone. I live in a city of about 750,000 residents and I can't even get my phone to work inside my office building. I'm getting ready to leave them very soon....

  • Richard Chen Richard Chen on Apr 08, 2013

    I used to have T-Mobile (USA) but had problems with reception in my house, along with the above mentioned 2G data off the beaten tracks. On AT&T now, WiFi hotspot capability is included with the plan, the kids get spoiled with Netflix to go. What I'd like to see is a 2 DIN head unit capable of Airplay screen mirroring, so GPS can display on the dash despite the iPhone being in the pocket. That's possible now if you jury-rig an in-car TFT + AppleTV + power inverter, but doesn't seem to be worth the hassle.

  • Mnm4ever Mnm4ever on Apr 08, 2013

    I have had T-Mobile for like 8 years now and I almost never have signal problems. I've driven all over the East coast, out in the boondocks of Kentucky, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, anywhere in Florida, etc. I can almost always get 3G and usually get 4G. The only places I sometimes get stuck back to 2G is inside some buildings like bottom level malls or one of the movie theaters we go to. Apparently it would depend on where you are, but T-mobile has been more than reliable enough considering the price versus Verizon. Is Verizon better? Oh yes definitely, but I pay almost half of what I would on Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T. They used to allow tethering for free but then they started to charge for it, and I didn't feel it was worth it. But now the new plans do not charge for it but it is capped. I suppose subscribing to it in your car is the same as getting built-in nav, some people just don't mind paying for the convenience. One would think that the antenna built into the car is better than the one on my cell phone, and I don't have to worry about draining my phone battery so the kids can browse Facebook while we take road trips.

  • Holydonut Holydonut on Apr 08, 2013

    Chrysler has had UConnect Web for years... the take rates probably round up to 0%. Doesn't help that the only two vehicles you can get this in are the Viper and Ram Truck.

    • Luke42 Luke42 on Apr 09, 2013

      The WiFi hotspot really only makes sense in a vehicle with a back seat. Sienna + phone WiFi hotspot + iPad + Netflix in kids mode -> no whining on family roadtrips FTW!