Hi All -
I had posted about my ambitions to build a prepaid plan for Audi Connect. I still intend to investigate, but I can't fid the time to get it off the ground. So, I decided to post the next best thing, which i discovered during my research.
Truphone is an international MVNO operating on the T-Mobile network. They allow travelers coming in to the country to "Roam" on T-Mobile.
It's $29.99 for the SIM and you get $15 of credit pre-loaded with it. It's $.17 / Megabyte. I've used just a few megabytes in the time that I've had it running in my car. It allows me to get all of the features of audi connect. Note that I use google maps rarely, and never use the wifi hotspot.
It's basically plug and play, you get 3G access, and it costs a few dollars a month at most. If you ever need google maps, you can enable it, as I have done on occassion. I've spent about $4 in the 2 months I've had it running.
Best of all, it's prepaid! You pay for waht you use, and nothing more. There's no monthly fee at all.
All you need to do is buy a tru sim at the following address - http://localanywhere.truphone.com/buy/
There are directions that come with the sim - in your data connection settings, you will need to change your APN.
But for the functionality - I am happy to pay a few bucks a month. The Audi plan is overpriced and this is a great compromise.
just remember that the real data hogs are google maps, and wifi hotspot. So I have those disabled unless I need them.
Hope this helps some people!