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Chevrolet Announces AT&T LTE Equipped Cars Coming Later This Year

2011 Chevrolet Volt

Earlier this morning we heard that Android would soon be invading the dashboard of cars in the upcoming years. But what is a smart dashboard if you don’t have the internet to back it up? Today, Chevy and AT&T have announced that a few of their 2015 car models will feature full LTE capability for all your data needs.

If you are looking to purchase a 2015 Chevy Corvette, Impala, Malibu or Volt you will be the first to have access to this new technology which Chevy is bringing under the OnStar name. OnStar with 4G LTE will eventually be rolled out to five other cars and will allow people to use a fully capable WiFi hotspot in their car. This internet connection also allows your dashboard center to feature apps and this LTE can keep them update and useful on your ride around town.

However, this feature does not come for free. AT&T is allowing existing customers to add their vehicle to your data plan as another line that will draw data out of your shared data pool. Non-AT&T customers can also purchase a data package for the car, but prices for this will be announced later this year when the feature is closer to launching.

Via: AT&T
  • carl rainey

    Maybe Chevy will develop a display that has a touch screen and will mirror an android device so the need for a separate LTE plan will not be needed considering that the wireless hotspot feature is already included in shared data plans on Verizon.

    • jimt

      I think it it is an extension of On Star and only AT&T so Verizon is not in the picture.

  • Erstam

    I wonder if I can root the car and use it on tmobile? (Joking).

  • jimt

    Why not tether the car to the phone or just use the phone in the first place.

    • Adrynalyne

      Its more for dumbphone users, and users who want to provide LTE to passengers.
      If you are going to make a tether feature for a device that uses, say Pandora, you might as well go a bit further and add the ability to use service too.

      • jimt

        Except for the need of a separate data plan with perhaps a different carrier I don’t think so.

        • Adrynalyne

          People are stupid. I don’t think so either…yet there it is.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    1 more reason data caps aren’t consumer friendly.

  • jack584

    Surprised they chose AT&T for their LTE, I know a lot of people here do not like Verizon, but their LTE network is much bigger then AT&T’s. If I had LTE in my car, would definitely want Verizon providing it because they have the biggest LTE network in the country.

    • Adrynalyne

      Verizon’s LTE network is oversaturated in many areas too.

      Not so bad here, as I’ve only lost 20Mbps in the last couple years, leaving me with 25-35, but for others….its bad.

      • Gr8Ray

        I’ll take “bad” over “nonexistant” any day. That’s why I left both AT&T and T-mobile.

        • Adrynalyne

          I bet not.

          Those who are rating it as bad, are getting below 3G speeds.

      • jack584

        That oversaturation is going away real quick because Verizon is deploying it’s AWS spectrum which will triple their LTE capacity in some areas, while doubling the capacity in other areas depending on how much AWS spectrum they own in the area.

    • zurginator

      2 reasons:
      1) AT&T probably paid them a nice chunk of change to use their network
      2) Since when has Verizon been known for allowing new device types on their network?

      • Adrynalyne

        They have no issue when it equals new contracts for them. Its those off contract devices that they drag @ss with.

        • zurginator

          Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note, G Flex, One, One X/S, anything Sony, anything Nokia… It’s not just the off-contract devices.

          • Adrynalyne

            Yeah they are.

            They are off-contract, with THEM.

            For those above who didn’t have counterparts on Verizon, we can thank the pencil-pushers that are out of touch with what customers really want.

            That is what I meant.

            If GM came to them and said, “hey, want to score new contracts with our cars?” They would jump on it. Then it becomes an issue of the highest bidder. ATT apparently wanted it more. Or maybe they wanted a global solution instead. We weren’t privy to that info.

      • tyguy829

        well the current onstar that uses 3g is verizon

        • pbolton70

          actually that is not entirely correct. They have agreements with multiple carriers and use them. But I do believe Verizon is the default carrier tried first

  • Cael

    They should have gave people the option of picking the carrier they wanted. I LOVE Chevy but I would never opt for a AT&T data package for a car. I would half go with Verizon. The fact that there are no unlimited data packages for this is stupid. The data used on a road trip will probably cost more than the actual trip itself for a gadget loving family of 4.

  • Lucky Armpit

    Great, just what we need:

    1. Yet another distraction for drivers
    2. Now cars are going to suck the life out of the LTE network

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      I agree, cars need to be simpler when it comes to their navigation and entertainment systems, plus the last thing I want is a carrier logo on my dash.

  • Adrynalyne

    For a low, low monthly price of: bend over.

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