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Got an email today saying it's $20 a month for unlimited data through the car. I let my Wi-Fi hotspot trial in the Volt lapse. Anyone know more about this or plan on getting it?


I have to figure out whether I'm in the car long enough with enough opportunity to safely use it to make it really worthwhile for $20 a month.....



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The only way this could possibly make sense is if you have passengers that want to stream video (and I'm not sure if the connection is good enough for streaming video). It's $5 for every 500GB of data if you just buy it piecemeal so you'd need to use at least 2GB of data per month to break even. I use about a gig a month on my phone so there's no way it makes sense for me.
 

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Our old 2012 was upgraded to to 4G. I don't use it, but on a recent trip to Florida, it was heavily used by my wife to catch up on news. It was certainly capable of streaming CNN video clips. Since I have not kept the Directions and Connections package and having only the original navigation system, it was also useful when navigating in new areas.
 

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The only way this could possibly make sense is if you have passengers that want to stream video (and I'm not sure if the connection is good enough for streaming video). It's $5 for every 500GB of data if you just buy it piecemeal so you'd need to use at least 2GB of data per month to break even. I use about a gig a month on my phone so there's no way it makes sense for me.
You must mean $5 for every 500MB (or 0.5 GB) of data. Otherwise I'd be all over that... if I had a G2.
 

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If you have unlimited, or at least a fair amount, of data on your cellphone plan and free hotspot capability, it is meaningless. I have both on my Verizon plan.
 

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Onstar "unlimited" hotspot data offer

I have 6gb to share between 3 phones but could save $20 by dropping to 3gb, which is fine most months. Having unlimited in the car for that $ 20 sounds nice but I don't see that I could really use enough in transit to be worthwhile.


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Would be nice to have LIVE WEATHER on the screen, and more data like battery temp. without the use of OBD II...and internet why not?..make the VOLT gen 1 as connected as TESLA 3. Do not hold your breath.!!!.
 

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This kind of thing should simply be a GM value-add. $5/month unlimited LTE, just to provide a hump for those who won't use it (so as to prevent a high cost of low use on the back end).

Advice: if you are selling a high tech car, you should be enabling it as a high-tech car. There is simply no way would I add a $20/mo bill to my life, just so my kids can watch Youtube videos on their way to school...but I might do it for the convenience of streaming music while driving.

By the way, in Canada, the cost is Much Much higher, so I'm guessing very few Canucks will pay the exorbitant cost when they can just use their phone as a wifi hotspot for roadtrips.
 

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I have unlimited data from my phone and I can hotspot it for free. Why does anyone need a hotspot? If your kids can't go half an hour without the internet you did something wrong.
 

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I added the Volt to my AT&T data plan. I prefer for the car to have its own 4G connection because its antenna gets better reception than any of my handheld devices. In some rural areas, my phone will show no service but the car's Wi-Fi is still streaming fine. That perk is worth the $10 a month I pay AT&T to add the car as an additional device on my plan.
 
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