Connected cars are a rapidly expanding market in the US as more and more consumers utilize internet-connected and cloud-based services for things like music and navigation. While this is far from the first LTE-connected car announcement, AT&T's is probably the broadest-reaching to date, with the nation's 2nd largest wireless provider promising Mobile Share data integration with over 30 GM vehicles by the end of 2014.

By GM, that of course means the brand's major subsidiaries - Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. The first GM vehicle to support this LTE connectivity will be the 2015 Impala (the 2014 is still on Chevy's site, but 2015's brings no major changes) which, if you ask me, is actually drop-dead gorgeous for an American sedan (the car received a major makeover for the 2014 model year).


Throughout the year, GM's new 2015 models will probably almost universally be equipped with this functionality, though it seems like previous model years will be left out for somewhat obvious reasons (probably lacking the necessary hardware). The full list is available on GM's website.

So, aside from the $10 you have to fork over to AT&T, is there a catch? We're talking about car manufacturers and optional extras, so of course there's a catch. The catch in this case is GM's widely-flogged OnStar service, which you must subscribe to if you want that sweet LTE goodness. What isn't made concrete is which plans will support AT&T's LTE connectivity through the Mobile Share fee. Non-premium OnStar subscribers (OnStar Basic) will be able to purchase data without going through AT&T, though at a higher price than premium subscribers or through AT&T's Mobile Share plans. It's not made clear if AT&T subscribers wishing to use the $10 / month Mobile Share add-on would need to be OnStar premium subscribers, which would mean at least the entry-level OnStar plan,which itself costs $20 a month or $200 a year. Most consumers typically buy these options as part of their vehicle financing, though, so the cost is spread out over the lease or financing term, lessening the sting. It's also possible OnStar Basic (free for 5 years on most GM vehicles) will support the Mobile Share option, though, which would mean no additional fees to fork over to the General.

For more info, you can head to GM's press release.


David Ruddock
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  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

    Will this car be unlocked? Can I switch it to T-mobile? jk

    • Kenny O

      Uncarrier 9.0 - Switch to T-Mobile and John Legere will buy you a new car.

      • Shaft

        Doubtful since Audi just canceled its agreement with tmobile after a 1 1/2 years for At&t. And Nissan, Tesla and all of GM jumped on bored too.

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  • Mista_Mr

    Will they cut your gas off if you drive over the limit?

  • ScottMTuggle

    Throughout the year, GM's new 2015 models will probably almost universally be equipped with this functionality, though it seems like previous model years will be left out for somewhat obvious reasons (probably lacking the necessary hardware). http://num.to/8845-7247-2991

  • Jason

    LMAO.. Figures with ATT having terrible customer service, figures they would join with another terrible customer service company. Yikes, November come quickly this year please. Tmobile is going to get a new customer. ATT can be rather vindictive. They have 1 set of rules for themselves and another for their "slaves!" Their I said it. WE ARE ALL SLAVES TO EVERY Corporation in America!! No-one is autonomous anymore.

    • Shaft

      What's in November?

      • Ian

        Probably the end of his contract?

    • Shaft

      So what exactly makes gm have bad customer service?

  • ddpacino

    Way to rape. Must subscribe to OnStar to get LTE... HA! I feel bad for whomever gets duped into to paying unnecessary fees they didn't originally want. Will be interesting to how this unfolds, and wouldn't be shocked if rolled back within a year of release.

  • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

    Fair enough. Hopefully if Tesla ever decides to start charging for data they do a similar arrangement.

    • Shaft

      They have already signed a 5 year agreement , here is an except from the announcement. "At&t, the leader in connected cars, and Tesla, the premier all-electric vehicle manufacturer, have entered into a new multi-year exclusive agreement to enable current and future Tesla vehicles in North America with high speed wireless connectivity. AT&T connectivity will power Tesla’s remote engine diagnostics, telematics, and industry-leading infotainment features such as Internet radio, Web browsing, live traffic, weather and navigation, all accessed through the 17-inch touchscreen."

      • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

        You misunderstood. Tesla data has always been provided by AT&T, they just haven't passed the cost on to the customer. It's free for all Model S owners right now. They've said they might start passing along the costs to owners but they haven't announced how pricing would work. I'm hoping if they do, it won't be more than the $10 additional that GM has going.

  • Cenarl

    Even as a at&t customer that this would somewhat appeal to, it's pretty lame to see that Car manufacturer would allow themselves to be locked down to one provider...and even more hilarious that they are trying to shove Onstar onto this package "just because".

  • Jason

    F'em hardstyle.