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Old 08-26-2014, 10:04 PM   #1
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Have you decided to extend your audi connect beyond the first 6 months? The 30 month plan of $15 per month for 30 months?

Yes or No?

My initial thought is
(1) I don't need the 3g hot spot since I have unlimited data on my iphone 5 and can do hotspot from it
(2) google earth maps are pretty cool
(3) I do like the "send to car" feature
(4) Although I could use my iphone 5 or future iphone I was used to a 5 inch garmin which had the "send the car" feature and it was useful
(5) Audi MMI Nav updates are not often and I'm assuming has a fee to pay??? --- If so it the cost equal to $450 for the audi connect?

To bad this forum doesn't allow for polls? Or does it and I just haven't figured out how to do it?
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Have you decided to extend your audi connect beyond the first 6 months? The 30 month plan of $15 per month for 30 months?

Yes or No?

My initial thought is
(1) I don't need the 3g hot spot since I have unlimited data on my iphone 5 and can do hotspot from it
(2) google earth maps are pretty cool
(3) I do like the "send to car" feature
(4) Although I could use my iphone 5 or future iphone I was used to a 5 inch garmin which had the "send the car" feature and it was useful
(5) Audi MMI Nav updates are not often and I'm assuming has a fee to pay??? --- If so it the cost equal to $450 for the audi connect?

To bad this forum doesn't allow for polls? Or does it and I just haven't figured out how to do it?
Not for me
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Old 08-27-2014, 05:59 AM   #3
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I use the prepaid TruPhone SIM after the free 6-months. I don't use the hot spot feature and I rarely use the GPS day-to-day. I have only paid $20-$30 over the last 14 months.

Get yer' Prepaid Audi Connect!
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Yes for me. We use most of the features regularly so it was worth it to us. I renewed on the 30 month/$15 per month plan. I usually don't keep cars much beyond three years so I'm covered thru most of the ownership period.

If AC isn't used much I can see how it wouldn't be worth it to renew.
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Short answer: No.
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Yes for me as well - I use all the features and find it's worth the money.
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I chose to extend it with the 30 month/$15 per month plan, as I too use all/most features almost daily...itís worth it to me (convenience) to have these features integrated into the car rather than on a separate device.
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Absolutely. The whole point of having integrated navigation in the console is to avoid brackets and phones and cables and macgyvered dingle-dongles that turn a nice clean interior into a trash pit. I don't want my car to look like some teenage kid's room.
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Y I renewed on the 30 month/$15 per month plan.
How do you get this pricing?

My dealer told me it's $30/month.
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How do you get this pricing?

My dealer told me it's $30/month.
It's from T-Mobile (US) you can buy the 30 months up front for $450. Dealer's can't sell that portion (AFAIK)
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How do you get this pricing?

My dealer told me it's $30/month.
Your dealer has old (or incomplete) data. Originally, there was a 30-month extension you could get within the first week(!) of ownership for $450 ($15/mo divided out). More recently that's been promoted to a normal plan, so you now have the option of $30/mo or buying 30 months for $450 (prepaid lump sum). You can choose either on the subscription site when you go to renew after your trial is up (or anytime you need to make a payment).
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Thanks. Still kind of expensive for what it is, if not used much. Might have to look into that Truphone option.
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Thanks. Still kind of expensive for what it is, if not used much. Might have to look into that Truphone option.
Yeah, if you don't use it much (don't use the Google Earth overlay all the time or get a lot of POI searches), then looking at a third-party prepaid SIM could be useful since you get more on-demand capability. It's worked well for a number of people, at least, and if you really don't do much with the system then it could be pretty cheap to run.
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Hi all,

Having WiFI issues with a '15 Q5 I picked up two weeks ago. When streaming music, it constantly cuts in and out. I tried removing the SIM and reinserting it, removing OptimumWifi from my WiFi list, turning WiFi on and off, restarting my music apps, etc. Nothing seems to work. WiFi and 3G show full strength on the screen and T-Mobile's site shows I have very strong connection in my area. It's so unbearable that I either use my cell data or listen to the radio (which sucks even with B&O). Could this just be an issue with service or could it be an issue with the router? Have people been switching to other carriers for this reason or just for cost savings? I plan on bringing the car back to the dealer to have them take a look.

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What about real-time traffic? Does that use up a lot of data? Or is that delivered over the Sirius/XM subscription?
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Traffic comes from Sirius not via 3G, I believe 4 years are included with the initial purchase, it is separate from the radio subscription.
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True/false: Send to car won't work without an Audi Connect subscription?

It think it's true, which bites -- it's the one AC feature I care about but I can justify $15 a month to use it once or twice. Seems like Audi is chasing the small money here with whatever incentives they get back for TMO renewals.
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True/false: Send to car won't work without an Audi Connect subscription?

It think it's true, which bites -- it's the one AC feature I care about but I can justify $15 a month to use it once or twice. Seems like Audi is chasing the small money here with whatever incentives they get back for TMO renewals.
Never you mind. I did this thing called reading and answered my own question.

AC should work fine with a TruSIM. Now I'm struggling to understand why I would pay for TMO.
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Never you mind. I did this thing called reading and answered my own question.

AC should work fine with a TruSIM. Now I'm struggling to understand why I would pay for TMO.
I had to make this decision recently as well.... To renew or not to renew?..... Well, I renewed and it had mainly to do with the hotspot feature...After breaking down 1Gb prepaid solutions and comparing the price to T-Mobile's Unlimited, I just couldn't justify paying anything remotely close to T-Mobile's 30 month pricing for a limited amount of data vs having no restrictions....sure, I have a healthy monthly allowance via my smartphone's data carrier, which also has a hotspot, but from time to time I like to use other devices in my Q5 and not worry about it affecting my phone's data....I also love Google's 3D mapping, and Audi has updated its iOS 8 app, which has made me utilize it more than before......it's definitely a personal choice, but having not to worry about yet another data cap makes life easier, especially if you drive somewhere on a trip, for work, or in an emergency.
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