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Old 05-03-2014, 01:09 PM   #1
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Hey all. I just received an email saying my Audi Connect subscription expires in 30 days. Renewal options are:

Monthly:$30.00
One year:$324.00($27/month)
Two years:$600.00($25/month)
30 months:$450.00($15/month)

I think the 30 month is a no-brainer, but is it worth it? Other than google earth in the nav (which I love), what else do you lose without Audi Connect?

Anyone else *not* renew, and if so do you notice not having it?
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Many threads on this. W/o Audi connect, you lose all the online features including the Google online destinations, Send to Car destinations, wifi hotspot, the built-in apps like gas prices, news, parking lot info, events, weather, etc. and as you noted, the Google Earth overlay with Street View. For me, the dynamically updated online destinations is the primary reason for me to keep it going with the rest being gravy. The car's internal POI database is extremely limited and out of date before it left the factory.

Of course you could use your smartphone for all this but for me, having it integrated into the car with voice command is part of the fun and usefulness of owning the car with all of its toys. I look at it as I already paid for all the hardware so I might as well pay for the service that makes it all work. $15 a month is a meal for two at McDonalds that I can do without and with the unlimited data, I don't have to watch my usage. Or eat that awful McJunk.
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Many threads on this. W/o Audi connect, you lose all the online features including the Google online destinations, Send to Car destinations, wifi hotspot, the built-in apps like gas prices, news, parking lot info, events, weather, etc. and as you noted, the Google Earth overlay with Street View. For me, the dynamically updated online destinations is the primary reason for me to keep it going with the rest being gravy. The car's internal POI database is extremely limited and out of date before it left the factory.

Of course you could use your smartphone for all this but for me, having it integrated into the car with voice command is part of the fun and usefulness of owning the car with all of its toys. I look at it as I already paid for all the hardware so I might as well pay for the service that makes it all work. $15 a month is a meal for two at McDonalds that I can do without and with the unlimited data, I don't have to watch my usage. Or eat that awful McJunk.
They are actually 15 double cheeseburgers.
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They are actually 15 double cheeseburgers.
You must mean those pitiful, wafer thin bait and switch cheebuggers from the dollar menu.
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When my T-mobile trial expired I tried tru-phone (http://www.truphone.com/us/) as recommended here in this forum. In July 2012 I got the SIM card, put on $25 of credit and started using. It is slower than T-mobile, but still works. 22 months of occasional google maps and reasonably frequent google destination searches and I still have $9 of credit left! My cost about 73 cents per month!
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When my T-mobile trial expired I tried tru-phone (http://www.truphone.com/us/) as recommended here in this forum. In July 2012 I got the SIM card, put on $25 of credit and started using. It is slower than T-mobile, but still works. 22 months of occasional google maps and reasonably frequent google destination searches and I still have $9 of credit left! My cost about 73 cents per month!
It's interesting that you find the TruPhone slower since they are only a third party broker using the same T-Mobile network.
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You must mean those pitiful, wafer thin bait and switch cheebuggers from the dollar menu.
Those dollarburgers are ideal for when you need to scarf something down while steering and paddle-shifting with your other hand...
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Old 05-09-2014, 08:22 AM   #8
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New Member here. I an doing a European Delivery on a 2015 A6 TDI. They do not activate the Audi Connect until I take delivery at my dealer in the USA. My question is, can I purchase a truphone sim card that I can use in Germany and France before I drop the car off for shipping back home? I would love to have internet in the car for two reasons. To use my Google Talk Phone feature on my Smartphone thru the hotspot, and to access Google Maps while driving.
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New Member here. I an doing a European Delivery on a 2015 A6 TDI. They do not activate the Audi Connect until I take delivery at my dealer in the USA. My question is, can I purchase a truphone sim card that I can use in Germany and France before I drop the car off for shipping back home? I would love to have internet in the car for two reasons. To use my Google Talk Phone feature on my Smartphone thru the hotspot, and to access Google Maps while driving.
Since the European carriers probably use different frequencies the TruPhone sim (which still uses T-Mobile network in the U.S.) likely wouldn't work. Also, if the car is a U.S. version, you likely will only get the US map software loaded which would mean the Google online search wouldn't work in Europe either. Perhaps one of our Euro Audi brethren can answer that one.
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You're pretty much correct snagit. US spec cars are loaded with US maps and are wired a little differently. I called Audi AG in Germany and begged them to swap mine out for an EU version but was told it wouldn't match up with my wiring. There is an after market shop outside Munich that will retrofit mine to match EU spec and load European maps all for the paltry sum of $900. For $500 they'll switch it back when I move back stateside.

For dalek453, as part of the Euro Delivery, Audi will give you a loaner GPS to get you around Europe so no worries there. Enjoy the trip and be careful in France - they seem to target Audi's!
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Thanks for the info. I will have to go without the Audi Connect and Navigation while in Europe. Who targets Audis in France and what do I have to watch out for?
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Sorry, should have clarified - the French police use motorcycles to provide overwatch on their secondary routes. Got hit with a 90 euro ticket for doing the equivalent of 80 in a 70 zone. For other countries you may visit, here is a simple guide to avoid fines. Germany and France rely on cameras mounted on overpasses and poles on the Autobahn and Autoroute respectively. Austria uses patrols and word to the wise - set your cruise at or below the posted speed limit because Austria doesn't play. Fines are expected to be paid on the spot and if you don't have the euro, they will escort you to an ATM. In Italy, well, do what you want because they really don't care on the Autostrada. Enjoy your travels in Europe and become familiar with the signs on the Autobahn that mark the 'unlimited' speed limit zones - that's where you'll be able to enjoy the Audi as she was meant to be.
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Sorry, should have clarified - the French police use motorcycles to provide overwatch on their secondary routes. Got hit with a 90 euro ticket for doing the equivalent of 80 in a 70 zone. For other countries you may visit, here is a simple guide to avoid fines. Germany and France rely on cameras mounted on overpasses and poles on the Autobahn and Autoroute respectively. Austria uses patrols and word to the wise - set your cruise at or below the posted speed limit because Austria doesn't play. Fines are expected to be paid on the spot and if you don't have the euro, they will escort you to an ATM. In Italy, well, do what you want because they really don't care on the Autostrada. Enjoy your travels in Europe and become familiar with the signs on the Autobahn that mark the 'unlimited' speed limit zones - that's where you'll be able to enjoy the Audi as she was meant to be.
Thanks bigdaddyp,
I can live with that. I was afraid that you would say that Audi's were targeted to be stolen. We have driven in France, Spain, Austria and oh yes Italy in past trips. Drove Peugeot's and Seat's and stayed out of the left lane where the Audi's fly, excepts for occasional passing of slow vehicles. We love driving in Italy. I never saw anyone getting a speeding ticket. September won't come fast enough for me. Do you think i will need to purchase locking lug nuts in Ingolstadt? The car will be in Hotel and Public parking for 2 weeks.
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dalek,

I use the French because they had a choice of whom to pull over, me or the Bimmer I was passing (we were both over the limit). I lost. I'm not gonna say don't buy the lug nuts but if you're worried, it would be cheaper than replacing the wheels and tires! As you know, most hotels here have private parking in their courtyard or a parking building nearby. I would say to avoid the public parking unless they have a watchman posted.

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Tmobil has the 250m free per month can I get a SIM card from them and just plug it in to get google earth at least?
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Tmobil has the 250m free per month can I get a SIM card from them and just plug it in to get google earth at least?
Others have tried and it works for a short period of time until T-Mobile determines it's not being used in a tablet, the purpose of the promotion.
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Good info thanks. Not going that way
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Check this out
http://arstechnica.com/business/2013...ver-30-months/
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Good info but this pricing news is over a year old.
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It looks like Truphone is reducing their rates from $0.15/MB to $0.09/MB on July 1, 2014 for the US. Other reductions also in other parts of the world. http://www.truphone.com/us/LP/hello-world/
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