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General Motors Selects AT&T’s 4G LTE To Connect Cars to Your WiFi Devices


In a new deal announced yesterday, AT&T and General Motors announced that next year your car will soon be working on the same signals as the phone in your pocket. 4G LTE will be added into Buicks, Chevys, GMCs and Cadillacs starting next year. AT&T’s Ralph de La Vega said they are working with GM to provide a “connected car base, and provide unique and relevant services.”

LTE will power the entertainment system found in the dashes of the cars, allowing for streaming music, videos and directions. This connectivity will also allow your car to become a WiFi hotspot for devices without cell connection, a lifesaver for any road trippers out there. Combine this with GM’s OnStar technology and you have got yourself some well-connected vehicles. Look for this tech to start being installed sometime in 2014.

Via: AT&T

  • bionicwaffle

    You may want to change your title. I think you meant something like “GM selects AT&T to connect your wifi devices to the internet through your car”.

  • skinja

    General Motors: Moving backwards into the Future.

  • just another reason why NOT to buy GM. I’d rather eat glass then sign up with Big Blue

    • Or just avoid buying the models that have this ‘tech’ in them? My dad worked for GM for several years, and although I own a Dodge vehicle, I still have some dealing with GM because of him working there. Car manufacturers usually make several models of the car/truck for a sort of choice. Its like with Ford and Microsoft Sync. I’ll avoid any vehicle with Sync in it, just like I’ll avoid any GM-made vehicle with AT&T’s laughable LTE. (well, their service is laughable in general when I finally ditched them)

  • So with Verizon being the carrier of choice for OnStar currently…service will be even worse with AT&T.

  • Diablo81588

    Makes sense. Junk cars connected to a junk network.

  • CapnShiner

    Here’s where Eric went wrong: “…you have got yourself some well-connected vehicles.” It’s AT&T service. I wouldn’t call that well-connected. Their service is about as reliable as a Chinese car and the vehicle will be stuck on EDGE, HSPA, or HSPA+ unless you happen to be driving through one of the few LTE markets AT&T has. Maybe it will get better over the next year or two but if GM starts rolling out the service before then, it’ll be a joke.

    I don’t understand why cars need their own data connections anyway. The kind of people who would want to use it probably already have smartphones. Why not just use an existing smartphone for the connection and build a dock for it into the dash or center console? Release apps for each smartphone platform to interface with the car’s infotainment system and it’s all set.

    • skinja99

      Exactly. GM is still pushing OnStar. Which does everything your smartphone does 1/10 as well. And 1/10 as quickly. And costs money.

      No one wants OnStar. They are so pathetic when they call you begging to renew it after the free months expire. I felt sorry for them. It was sad.

      • CapnShiner

        I think OnStar still has benefits though. It can detect if you’re in a crash and call OnStar automatically so they can call 911 and I think the service includes roadside assistance, but I’m not sure. Your smartphone can’t do that. (at least not without some sort of integration)

  • wonder if you could change the sim card to something like straight talk… 😛

    • Tim242

      StraightTalk prohibits streaming of any kind. So, my guess would be no.

      • they don’t prohibit streaming… hotspot, yes… but people do it anyway..

        • Tim242

          Yes, they prohibit streaming. I have read their TOS, have you? Yes, some people break those TOS and they have been terminating a lot of those people. They have a 700 mb/day, 2GB/no limit on their unlimited plans. Their TOS very plainly states no streaming. Also, it states that your use is limited to browsing the web on their supplied browser, and email.

          • I see under section 6:
            “The Straight Talk Unlimited Plan MAY NOT be used for certain unauthorized uses that adversely impact our service…(iii) uploading, downloading or streaming of uninterrupted continuous video”
            That doesn’t mean any streaming. if that was the case, you couldn’t even watch youtube videos on their network.

            I know the there are tiers.

            But pertaining to your supplied browser comment…
            Section 5 states: “With BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) products and certain smart phones, you may access the Internet directly through any compatible web browser.”

          • Tim242

            YouTube is in fact prohibted. That is streaming video. I have seen many cases where they harass and cancel over YouTube. Regardless, they have far too many limits on their unlimited data plan. If it suits you, great. But I doubt it fits the needs of most DL readers. It makes me cringe every time people talk about or reccomend switching to StraightTalk. Most people have no idea how restricted it is and how they harass people.

          • I’ve streamed all kinds of videos from a sleuth of websites: break, dailymotion, youtube, google+, facebook, vine, and they’ve NEVER harassed me. ever.. it’s worked great for me and my wife. and I consider myself an average user.. i’m not downloading roms or streaming netflix 24/7 but I do use any app I want for a period of time that a reasonable person would.

          • Tony Allen

            It is against their ToS. I’m actually agreeing with Tim242 for a change.

            Just because they haven’t hassled you doesn’t mean they like it. If you do it enough and use up enough data, they WILL say something to you, if not just terminate your account/line/service.

            Straight talk is great if you really don’t use mobile data but in a pinch and live mostly on wifi for your smartphone.

  • Mack

    Yeah because I would just love to pay for data on my phone and truck. Not a fan of these new car systems. I like my touchscreen and all but this is a bit much. How about everyone just pays attention to the road.

    Give me some good country coming from my speakers and I’m good, no data necessary.

    • Tim242

      My sentiments exactly!

  • Frank The Tank

    I love how now that carriers charge you per MB, they are all about putting their services in anything that moves to get you to use more data, and pay more per month. This tech was available years ago, but they never would have done this because it would “hurt their bottom line”

  • TheWenger

    I’d rather have a car that integrates better with my smartphone personally. Some sort of universal standard system would be nice.

    • Silver Veloz

      You read my mind. I agree – some kind of docking station. I’m sure it’s coming (or maybe already out there??).

    • CapnShiner

      I agree. I think that would be best for consumers. However, I don’t think that will happen because the car manufacturers have already started partnering up with Microsoft, Apple, Google and the phone manufacturers, signing exclusivity agreements, and developing proprietary platforms. There’s too much money in keeping things proprietary, so they won’t make a universal standard until that proprietary well runs dry.

  • I stopped considering buying GM vehicles when they started coming with OnStar technology standard that could not be removed. I have no interest in having a GPS that can be turned on any time, subscriber or not, permanently installed in my vehicle.

  • Greg

    Maybe Ford and Verizon can come to an agreement like this..

    • BulletTooth_Tony

      Ford is already working with AT&T…

  • steenerk

    Guess I will quit buying GM products

  • Tim242

    This is yesterday’s news : )

  • your car will soon be working on the same signals as the phone in your pocket.

    This connectivity will also allow your car to become a WiFi hotspot for devices without cell connection

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Huh? Where?

      • If its using the same service as your cell phone how can it work as a wifi hot spot when you dont have cell service

        • LionStone

          They’re talking about wifi-only tablets, etc. that don’t have a mobile modem installed.

  • Cool feature but I’d never own a vehicle made by Government Motors just a gimmick by a company that’s headed towards bankruptcy again

  • Awesome idea but how much are they gonna charge per month for this? I’m sure they will throw in the first few months or year in free but after that they got you by the balls.

    • moelsen8

      yeah this, i can’t imagine how much money it will cost to use this anywhere near often in your car. i’ll just take FM or satellite radio and the phone in my pocket, please.

  • Because Verizon wanted total control over the car and doesn’t want you to ever change your oil, tires etc… Without them approving it first. It would make the roads extremely unsafe. They also wanted to restrict the amount of miles you could put on your car per month.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Verizon logo on your Windshield.

      • BulletTooth_Tony

        And on your rear bumper, and radio buttons.

        • moelsen8

          the steering wheel is a checkmark logo. maybe the tires too haha.

          • LionStone

            All the mirrors, a nice little check mark 🙂

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  • Jordan Marrie

    They must not want most of their customer base connected to LTE.

    • Warwick

      Exactly what i was thinking.

    • digitalicecream

      No, it’s because Ed Whitacre is the CEO of GM, and the former CEO of AT&T.

  • geekischic320

    All this and my 2011 Chevy Equinox won’t recognize my GS3 via USB? Cool priorities, GM.

    • Big_EZ

      I saw some people saying that their Note 2 wouldn’t connect to their pc unless they used the factory cable, if you haven’t tried the factory usb cable give it a shot.

      • geekischic320

        I’ll try anything, but at this point I’m mostly just feeling buyer’s remorse (for the Chevy, not the phone). I’m pretty sure it has to do with the type of file transfer employed by the GS3 (MTP), since my husband’s iPhone works just fine even though he used a non-OEM cable. Thanks for the tip, I’ll give it a shot!

    • BulletTooth_Tony

      Blaming GM for Google’s switch from USB mass storage to MTP? As if MTP works flawlessly on PCs? Cool blame game.

      • Diablo81588

        Googles fault? Mass storage is still available on my phone, along with MTP..

        • BulletTooth_Tony

          I don’t know what device or ROM you’re using… but Google abandoned UMS with Android 3.0… so it isn’t there unless someone else forced it to be there, or you have a woefully old device.

          • Diablo81588

            Bionic running stock ICS 4.0.4

          • Guest

            Stings don’t it..

    • Raven

      My Motorola Droid 4 running stock ICS works with my 2011 Chevy Equinox. For some reason I cannot select the same playlists that I can from PowerAmp, but I can navigate all of my folders and play any song or folder of songs that I want right from the dashboard radio controls. When you plug in your phone, if it doesn’t work by default, try changing your USB settings from Mass to MTP or MTP to Mass. My Droid pops up a nice little menu to do that when I connect, but I cannot remember off the top of my head which I normally use.

      • geekischic320

        When I plug in my phone, either to my laptop or to the car’s USB port, my two connection options are MTP or PTP. No Mass to be found, unless I’m seriously missing something in my searches. Verizon GS3 running stock JB 4.1.1

  • Jeremy Martin

    I am all for sticking it to Verizon even though I’m a VZW customer…but this just seems dumb with the fact that Verizon LTE is more places coast to coast than AT&T.

    On the flip side it might be brilliant for AT&T because maybe it comes with some GM funding to rapidly expand AT&T LTE market.

    • mos0ne

      LOL@ “a life saver for road trippers” as long as the road trip doesn’t involve leaving the city limits….or if you have a mylar balloon on a thin wire to fly form your antenna!

    • Tony Allen

      LOL @ GM giving someone else money.