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2015 Buick vehicles are the first GM cars to have wireless connectivity installed

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July 17, 2014
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Last February, General Motors (GM) announced that a number of their 2015 car models would have AT&T LTE connectivity pre-installed. Now, GM has announced that their 2015 Buick vehicles will be the first have this wireless connectivity installed.

The network will be run using AT&T and allows for up to seven devices to be connected at one time. To use the AT&T network, a person will have to purchase a data plan. Monthly plans start at $5 for 200MB for existing OnStar customers ($10 for others) and go up to 5GB for $50. Current AT&T customers can share data from your phone’s plan for $10 a month, the same price as a tablet.

According to GM, they will be rolling out a total of 40 different vehicle models with built in 4G LTE this year. A “Siri Eyes Free” function will also come pre-installed and allows a person to interact with Apple’s digital assistant using controls on your steering wheel.

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Of course, with this technology comes a number of negatives. Will many people (who already own a smartphone) want to pay an additional amount for another data connection that isn’t giving them that much value? Several weeks ago, AT&T and Audi announced an agreement on bringing LTE to Audi vehicles. AT&T priced the plans in the range of $15-$17 per gigabyte which is absolutely insane. Two, are we sure that the GUI of these systems are going to be worth damn? Past GUI’s have been utterly atrocious.

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