Lately, mobile carrier providers have been at war over who can provide the best deal for unlimited data. Verizon brought their unlimited data plan back a couple weeks ago. A day later, T-Mobile announced an upgrade to their unlimited data plan. AT&T and Sprint didn't want to be outdone so they made improvements to their unlimited data plans too.
And now car makers are throwing their hat in the ring! Imagine riding along in the back seat and watching entire movies without using any data from your mobile device. Instead, you're connected to the car's Wi-Fi. You can already do this inside Chevy vehicles and their new data plan sweetens the deal.
U.S. Chevrolet owners used over 4 million gigabytes of data inside their vehicles in 2016 by connecting to OnStar. OnStar is a communication service that can turn vehicles into Wi-Fi hotspots. Seeing this stat as an opportunity to make more money, Chevrolet partnered with AT&T to provide unlimited data to their customers. It's only $20 per month and it covers up to seven devices at once.
Most 2015, 2016 and 2017 Chevrolet models have OnStar 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. In the past, customers were able to select from data plans that varied by gigabytes per month. To see if your Chevy qualifies for this new unlimited plan, visit OnStar.com.
“We have contractors bidding jobs in their Silverados, families streaming movies in their Suburbans and Malibus and everyone tapping into the cloud for music,” said Alan Batey in a Chevrolet press release. He's the president of GM North America and the global head of Chevrolet. “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”
Chevrolet is the first car maker to offer 4G LTE connectivity for their vehicles but Ford could be next. They've made a deal with Vodafone to put 4G modems into their Ford Expeditions. It will support up to 10 devices from as far as 50 feet away from the vehicle. The Expedition will be available this fall but there's no word on how much the Wi-Fi hotspot service will cost.
Note: If you're interested in learning more about the mobile carrier unlimited data plans I mentioned earlier then read this article. It gives a breakdown of the current prices of the unlimited data plans for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.