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Existing AT&T Customers Can Add OnStar 4G to Current Plans

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/11/2014 Edward A. Sanchez

The term "the Internet of everything" has been thrown around lately as the latest buzz-phrase making just about every imaginable device connectable and controllable through mobile devices or computers. Although data connectivity in cars is nothing earth-shatteringly new, with General Motors being one of the pioneers of in-car connectivity with the launch of OnStar in 1996, the rest of the industry has finally caught up with GM's ahead-of-its-time vision. To make its latest offering of Ford to Offer Spotify Integration - Wide Open Throttle" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">OnStar 4G more attractive to customers, GM announced that existing AT&T customers could add their OnStar 4G LTE-equipped vehicle to their existing mobile share plans. Non-AT&T customers can pay for the service separately.

In-car connectivity has lately come full-circle, with GM's built-in OnStar connectivity initially seeming out-of-step with other manufacturers' efforts to use existing smartphone connectivity, and integrate it with the vehicle. Now, built-in vehicle data connectivity is among the hottest trends in the industry, and with more than a decade of experience, GM will initially roll out 4G LTE connectivity in Chevrolet vehicles, with other GM models to follow.

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Prior to OnStar's partnership with AT&T, the long-time data and telephony provider to OnStar was Verizon. It's unknown how this new partnership with AT&T will affect the legacy OnStar customers and older vehicles utilizing Verizon services. Former GM CEO Ed Whitacre was also CEO of AT&T, which was acquired by SBC Communications in 2005, which Whitacre also chaired from 1988.

Source: General Motors


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