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      12-29-2012, 09:04 PM   #23
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Cool; however watch the battery drain fast.
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      12-29-2012, 09:17 PM   #24
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Correct you are. Just not LTE.

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The iPhone 4 had this feature pretty early on after one iOS update, if I recall. Always used it.
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This is the equivalent to Apple selling an iPad with a subscription data plan. Why? I turn on the hotspot on my phone that its included at no additional cost and I can connect my iPad and laptop virtually anywhere much less next to my car.
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I love BMWs but just bought a new 2013 Audi S4 (abetter 3 series) and it has T Mobile Hotspot already. It's free for first 6 mths. Totally useless! 90 per cent of time I'm alone in car and it seems like anyone that does ride just uses iPhone connection.

I sure wont be spending a nickel to keep this service going!
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That's just bad ass and I will pay for it once it hits US markets. I am always connected for one reason or another. This will be a great addition.
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it's a good guess for me its useless im in the wireless industry and people is always looking for the next phone or tablet that can do all. that hotspot is very limited while your phone or tablet can do everything that thing is expected to do and more.

edit: im not being negative but speaking the truth of what i see people asking everyday
Do you know what a hotspot is for? Single point of Internet to share with multiple devices. You just pop a SIM in there and then all your devices have Internet connectivity. For all the devices that don't have LTE or need wifi for certain features. iPod touches, wifi iPads, laptops, etc.
if you're in the wireless industry, this should be common sense.
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I love BMWs but just bought a new 2013 Audi S4 (abetter 3 series) and it has T Mobile Hotspot already. It's free for first 6 mths. Totally useless! 90 per cent of time I'm alone in car and it seems like anyone that does ride just uses iPhone connection.

I sure wont be spending a nickel to keep this service going!
But tMobile doesn't have LTE. And you won't be paying BMW for the monthly fee. You will pay through your carrier of choice. More than likely AT&T here in the US. If you had a data share plan, this plan would only be $10 per month. If you had multiple devices in the car, it would be worth it.
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Cool; however watch the battery drain fast.
The car battery? I suppose this will only work when the car is running. There's an alternator to keep the battery juiced.
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Don't know how BMW Connect/Apps works but with this setup, why would BMW charge a monthly fee if you're inserting a SIM that you're providing? All BMW is providing is the hardware unless BMW is also providing the SIM which then it makes sense but reading the release makes it seem like you would be providing the SIM to insert into the LTE hotspot.
You are correct, sir! We'd all be screwed if BMW was charging. Lol!
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The car battery? I suppose this will only work when the car is running. There's an alternator to keep the battery juiced.
Regardless, car battery will drain.
Look at the E9x M3; car batteries are not lasting due to the fact car has so much crap ~electronics and the such.
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      12-30-2012, 12:02 AM   #34
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i know lol im talking about buy the bmw hotspot. all im saying is not too many people or none in the US will go for it. they like to have everything in one package. can my phone or tablet do this or can my phone or tablet do that? why carry an extra device when you have something that can do it all and more?

edit: if you have your phone or tablet that can do it all why go for the bmw hotspot?
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Do you know what a hotspot is for? Single point of Internet to share with multiple devices. You just pop a SIM in there and then all your devices have Internet connectivity. For all the devices that don't have LTE or need wifi for certain features. iPod touches, wifi iPads, laptops, etc.
if you're in the wireless industry, this should be common sense.
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it's a good guess for me its useless im in the wireless industry and people is always looking for the next phone or tablet that can do all. that hotspot is very limited while your phone or tablet can do everything that thing is expected to do and more.

edit: im not being negative but speaking the truth of what i see people asking everyday
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Yeah we do especially in ontario... it would be really cool but i guess if you can afford the car you should be able to afford the cost
Agreed 100%
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This is Awesome news !!!

But, i do always get a feeling that ATT is going to cock block this wonderful technological advancement.
ATT properly will block this feature and add additional fee to monthly bill.
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      12-30-2012, 12:56 AM   #37
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So basically it is a normal LTE hotspot (available from any carrier in the US) that has the ability to plug in to the phone dock in the car. I fail to see the point. Like everyone else has said, you can accomplish the exact same thing with your smartphone. :-/
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about time, audi A4's have this
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Am I the only one that now wants a car with less electronic crap as more actual driver feel? Who needs LTE in a car that is FUN TO DRIVE guess ill have to go build it myself, i guess this will be useful for someone without a smartphone.
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This is Awesome news !!!

But, i do always get a feeling that ATT is going to cock block this wonderful technological advancement.
Man I have not heard the slang "cock block" in years...but yes they will probably do that...
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So At first I thought this was amazing but I guess if you already have a mobile phone with a data plan this is useless. This could be cool with families that have wifi only devices.
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A smartphone has a 500 mw antenna, has a rather limited battery capacity, and is prone to worse than optimal reception inside a steel/windowed car.

A BMW with this tech uses the roof-mounted 2000 mw antenna, has a rather big battery capacity, and provides the best reception you can get.

If you're happy with your wife and kids watching Internet video's over your Iphone 5 connection, that's fine. But don't say this tech/option from BMW is useless.

Kids: want to stay in the car, and play, while daddy is shopping for just 15 minutes
You: Want to take your cell phone with you, because you want to be reachable.
Kids: now don't have Internet connection anymore...
You: Reflecting "Damn, BMW was right about offering this option after all..."
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