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Old 08-12-2014, 07:55 AM   #1
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For those of you that did not renew Audi Connect in advance, did it run out/expire on the date indicates in the mail you received about renewing the service?
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Around that time frame, within a couple days for me.
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I'd pretty much decided to let the Audi Connect expire, but in the last few days I found myself using it to locate the nearest Panera store as well as a Home Depot....It really is quite a powerful tool, which would be invaluable while travelling. Now I'm thinking I just might keep it. I
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i just got my reminder email that mine expires in a month. haven't decided yet on what to do.
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My intent in asking the original question was that I heard from another owner that his service was never shut off after the trial period, so I was wondering if that was common or a one-off event.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:57 AM   #6
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Is the other owner sure he still has Audi Connect? I believe that if it expires, navigation reverts to whatever is on the hard drive....not sure which Audi uses. The sattelite and 3-D imaging is via sattelite, along with all the otber goodies. Can't imagine why Id want eight WIFI hotspots in a four seat car, but they're there only with A.C.
I find it hard to imagine that Mobile1 or Sprint, whoever is the carrier would let this slip for very long
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Does anyone know if the T-mobile price might go up in the future and if we should buy it even when under our six month trial so we are at least locked in etc...??
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I would think that if anything, the price would go down as this is merely 3G service.
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To clarify, Audi Connect can be renewed at any time directly with T-Mobile using their $450 prepaid 30 month unlimited data program (which works out to $15 @ month vs. the $30 monthly cost). Other sim providers are also available like P-Tel and TruPhone that utilize a pay-for-use-as-you-go acct. also on the the 3G T-Mobile network. These alternative services can be less expensive than the effective $15 @ month T-Mobile program unless Google Earth is frequently used outside of the immediate cached area or the wifi hotspot is used. Both can be real data hogs.

Soon after the trial period, if not right away, T-Mobile will turn off the sim's access to the internet. This will result in a loss of the dynamic Google Earth overlay, Google online search, Send to Car, the various apps, i.e. gas, events, weather, parking, etc. and wifi hotspot. The Google Earth overlay will be cached on the hard drive for an approx, 20 mile radius of your last position. As soon as you leave the area though, it will disappear since there will be no connection to the internet to update the Earth overlays.

If AC is discontinued, the internal base map of course will remain, including the 3D building graphics available in many large city centers. Also unaffected will be the MMI's built in POI database, however, this is significantly limited compared to the dynamic online Google search (and is static unless the hard drive is updated to a later nav version, a not inexpensive undertaking available only from an Audi dealer).
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Mine shut down after about 1-1.5 weeks after the "expiration" date, after which I renewed.
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Mine shut down after about 1-1.5 weeks after the "expiration" date, after which I renewed.
Is there an activation fee if you renew after it expires?
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Is there an activation fee if you renew after it expires?
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I liked this tech option in my SQ5, but $15-30 a month for only occasional use would hardly make sense for me. Not to mention how slow the 3G connection is. It's a bit of a ripoff in my opinion.
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I'm letting mine expire. I was told I could only use TMobile with the car and the connection speed is terrible. I don't use it much at all and I can get much of what I do use it for off my phone quicker.
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If it was 4G, I would totally do it for $15/month. I would see it as an inexpensive way to not go over on my personal data plan on the family's phones.
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I did another post earlier about how disappointing it is that the Q5 still has 3g. I totally understand that it is due to the aging design and that is why the new models are having 4lte etc... Still disappointed either way!
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I'm going to let mine expire, primarily because it is so clunky slow. Also, quite often I find that if I do an online Google search for some nearby business, I don't find it. If I kill the wifi connection to the hot spot and just use my iPhone 5s it pops up right away (using Google search on the phone). I can't figure out why this is happening. Is the online search in the MMI of a more limited nature?
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I'm going to let mine expire, primarily because it is so clunky slow. Also, quite often I find that if I do an online Google search for some nearby business, I don't find it. If I kill the wifi connection to the hot spot and just use my iPhone 5s it pops up right away (using Google search on the phone). I can't figure out why this is happening. Is the online search in the MMI of a more limited nature?
My experience has been the complete opposite; Anything that I have searched for, including more obscure facilities has come up using the Online Destination Voice Control. I almost never do an actual address look up unless I am searching for a private residence. Streaming Music/Video in my area is usually fine about 85%-90% of the time; so I will continue my subscription after the trial date to continue these and not worry about any personal phone overages.
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My experience has been the complete opposite; Anything that I have searched for, including more obscure facilities has come up using the Online Destination Voice Control. I almost never do an actual address look up unless I am searching for a private residence. Streaming Music/Video in my area is usually fine about 85%-90% of the time; so I will continue my subscription after the trial date to continue these and not worry about any personal phone overages.
My experience has been the same. Voice control and online destination work seamlessly foe me. Worth the $15/mo.
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I would like to keep it also, but my wife does not want to, and well, it's her car.
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