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Audi is expanding 4G LTE options

Audi will be expanding 4G LTE availability for selected vehicles.
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September 16, 2014
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Audi has announced that they will be expanding 4G LTE availability for selected vehicles in the US. In January, Audi announced 4G availability on their A3 and S3 sedans and will now offer it on the Q3 crossover. Owners will be able to add their vehicles to an AT&T Mobile Share Plan. Data plans start at $99 for six months with a 5-gigabyte allotment of data, or $499 for 30 months and 30 GB of data. AT&T customers can add a car to their Mobile Share Plan for $10 per month with an additional 1 GB of data per month for $20.

“Having the choice of two data plans gives the consumer the opportunity to choose a contract that works best for their lifestyle and allows them to maintain connectivity in the vehicle for an extended period of time,” said Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America. “The new AT&T data plans with 4G LTE connectivity will allow Audi drivers to enjoy seamless navigation, streaming and high-speed access to the Internet.” – NewsFactor

The new A3 vehicles have a built-in system that reads headlines out loud, offers picture navigation, reads Facebook and Twitter, and connects you with web radio stations. If you start to reach your data plan limit, you’ll get an e-mail alert to warn you.

General Motors (GM) also uses AT&T and charges the same $10 fee for adding a vehicle to a Mobile Share Plan. Unlike Audi, GM only offers data plans on a monthly basis while Audi offers data for longer periods of time.

(Updated: GM informed me that they do have a variety of 4G LTE pricing options that range from a single day, to a monthly plan, to a yearly plan. They can be found at http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/onstar/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2014/May/0512-4glte-pricing.html)

In April, AT&T announced a deal with Volvo to power its model year 2015 vehicles, which arrive this summer.