What's the point of in car wifi?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bniu, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. bniu macrumors 6502a

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    Since in car wifi is tied to your mobile share data limit, what value does in car wifi add? Don't cell phones already have direct LTE connections? And don't cell phones already have tethering capabilities? That and a car charger which your cell phone can be plugged into wouldn't even drain your cell phone battery, which makes me wonder what use is there for in car wifi?
     
  2. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    Some people have laptops and wifi only iPads that they could then use in the car.
     
  3. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Huh?

    Easier to use and likely better reception than a phone would be.

    Not everyone is equipped with a smartphone and tethering plan.
     
  4. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Cars have more powerful and bigger antennas so theoretically, better reception and speed. But it's not something I'd ever pay for.
     
  5. 617aircav Suspended

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    People with kids that just want to add another bill to their lives.
     
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    And iPods and Game Boys and Android tablets and...

    There's a ton of reasons out there.
     
  7. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    This is the exact reason. Much more powerful radio and transceiver units in the car. I can also see OnStar getting into the game and utilizing their frequencies for 4G satellite connections.
     
  8. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

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    It would probably be cheaper to pay for monthly data for your can than to pay $100/month for a cell phone plan. A lot of people lately are starting to question how much they really NEED to be connected 24/7.

    I'd guess a lot of people would be happy if they could make calls from their home and car wifi.
     
  9. Woochifer macrumors 6502a

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    Not all mobile plans offer free tethering, while other plans limit the tethering data usage to well below the monthly cap.

    As others pointed out, a car will likely have better reception because of the larger built-in antenna.

    Also, the in-car wifi plans are not necessarily connected to a mobile share plan. GM offers data-only plans starting at $5-$10/month. The 1 GB plan costs $15-$20/month, which is the same as AT&T and Verizon's overage fee alone. Only if you're an AT&T customer can you add the car to a mobile share plan for $10/month.
     
  10. MyiBill macrumors 6502

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    My car has wifi through tmobile and has horrible service in my area because of it, I received it for free for a year when I purchased my car and I have actually wanted to use it on multiple occasions but couldn't because of the service issue. I didn't realize at&t allowed you to add to the mobile share plan, I wonder if the car is "unlocked" and would work on at&t as well?
     
  11. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    A sattelite connection provided by OnStar would have bad latency.
     
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  13. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    Are some kids wifi only?
     
  14. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    Pretty much
     

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