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Old 03-10-2014, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Audi's in-car LTE from AT&T will cost at least $16 a month

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Everybody wants all kinds of stuff but doesn't think they should pay for it.

Good luck with that.
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Everybody wants all kinds of stuff but doesn't think they should pay for it.

Good luck with that.
Quite the opposite. I want to use the data plan I already pay for. Audi doesn't get my money for Connect today, this kind of offer won't change that.

By the way Audi has got 100s of thousands of my dollars already.
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Am I missing something here? This is a whopping ~$30 bucks more than what you can opt for on the current T-Mobile plan of $450 for 30 additional months after the 6 month free trial.

I don't see how this is a major issue?
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Am I missing something here? This is a whopping ~$30 bucks more than what you can opt for on the current T-Mobile plan of $450 for 30 additional months after the 6 month free trial.

I don't see how this is a major issue?
You are starting from the premise that the current deal is reasonable. I wonder what percentage of owners sign up for that service.
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Everybody wants all kinds of stuff but doesn't think they should pay for it.

Good luck with that.
In my opinion there is no real reason for why we should have to pay twice for data. The capabilities of the MMI system are far less than our phones which already have LTE, so if they made the MMI use our phones for apps and data it would instantly be far more capable and impressive. This is how it is done in the rest of the world.
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Actually if you read the article it is

I quote: "And starting this summer, Audi says you'll be add a car to your existing AT&T Mobile Share plan."

now that does nothing if your wireless carrier is not AT&T - but it is a step in the right direction
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Everybody wants all kinds of stuff but doesn't think they should pay for it.

Good luck with that.
Quite the contrary...Aren't we paying 50-60k+ for these cars? I would call that paying for it.

I think they need to do a better job of integrating it with our current phone data plans.
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None of it is essential to the operation of the car, thankfully. I don't see the advantage to a Google satellite map. At least traffic from Sirius in free for 4 years.

The only things we're missing out on is online destinations, weather, and fuel prices. But even the 2013 VW's have better weather since they use Sirius weather for doppler map overlays, movie info, gas info, and even sports scores via Sirius.
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Am I missing something here? This is a whopping ~$30 bucks more than what you can opt for on the current T-Mobile plan of $450 for 30 additional months after the 6 month free trial.
I believe the T-Mobile deal is $450 for 30 months of *unlimited* data usage vs the AT&T "deal" for 30GB spread over 30 months. $16/GB is not competitive in today's market.
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Picking nits, but the AT&T 4G "deal" actually works out $16.63 per GB. ($499 / 30 months). There have been some reports in the past of the unlimited T-Mobile plan throttling the speed back at some usage point but I can't say I've experienced that myself.
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I believe the T-Mobile deal is $450 for 30 months of *unlimited* data usage vs the AT&T "deal" for 30GB spread over 30 months. $16/GB is not competitive in today's market.
That's outrageous crap from AT&T, but it figures - given Moore's Law and all.
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Picking nits, but the AT&T 4G "deal" actually works out $16.63 per GB. ($499 / 30 months).
I'll take that slap fair and square as Mr. Nitpicker myself , but in that same spirit I'll also point out that I didn't say the AT&T deal was $16/GB, just that $16/GB wasn't competitive . $16.63/GB isn't either
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Quite the opposite. I want to use the data plan I already pay for. Audi doesn't get my money for Connect today, this kind of offer won't change that.

By the way Audi has got 100s of thousands of my dollars already.
Audi doesn't get your money for Connect, T-Mobile does. My point was, regardless of what Audi supplies, you're going to be paying somebody for data. If you can add to your existing plan, that will cost you, plus you'll be using more data, that will cost you. See where this is going? If Audi just put a slot on the dash you could plug your phone into, you're still going to be paying somebody for use of that slot.
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I have confirmed from Audi Connect customer service that the current T-mobile 3G service is throttled after 1GB per month.
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You are starting from the premise that the current deal is reasonable. I wonder what percentage of owners sign up for that service.
I did, but honestly I am ok, but not thrilled with the price, but considering $450 on a $65K car i can swallow it. For the LTE on the A3 the extra cost comes with a 30GB cap. Which if you utilize the the in car hot spot can eat up pretty quick. Also the A3 tops out just over $40K so that coin to that buyer might be harder to swallow, but the target buyer is likely a millennial techie so they figure they will want the tech.
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I have confirmed from Audi Connect customer service that the current T-mobile 3G service is throttled after 1GB per month.
Hmm, wonder what TMobile say, and at their slow 3G speeds can't see the data cap being reached, I doubt anyone is using the in car hot spot, way too slow, I got it for the online destinations. Also go ask GM what On Star costs, I believe it was $16 a month and that was a few years back. Infiniti's On Star like service is considerably more as well.
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Hmm, wonder what TMobile say, and at their slow 3G speeds can't see the data cap being reached, I doubt anyone is using the in car hot spot, way too slow, I got it for the online destinations. Also go ask GM what On Star costs, I believe it was $16 a month and that was a few years back. Infiniti's On Star like service is considerably more as well.
I easily use 2GB per month streaming Google Play Music. Havent noticed it throttling though.
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I easily use 2GB per month streaming Google Play Music. Havent noticed it throttling though.
Bluetooth Audio streaming doesn't use the T-Mobile data for Audi Connect. It uses your phone's data plan through Bluetooth directly to the MMI.
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Bluetooth Audio streaming doesn't use the T-Mobile data for Audi Connect. It uses your phone's data plan through Bluetooth directly to the MMI.
I tell my phone to use in car WiFi for streaming music and send to the car via Bluetooth. It works, but T-mobile's coverage isn't that great once you are outside the city limit.
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