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Are these rates correct for the 2014 Uconnect ? Apparently is 3G only. I have seen mention that it can act as a hot spot, can it use local wireless to avoid charges ?

Right now I have both a cell phone that can be a hotspot and a MiFi device that can do the same. Can the Jeep use either of these or is it locked to Sprint ?

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I can say with some certainty that if it's only linked to Sprint, I won't be using it. Sprint's coverage absolutely sucks and come December, I will be finding a new cell service provider. Have them now and am very disappointed.
 

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Yes the vehicle can only have Sprint. This was stated from the very beginning. Wifi hotspot that is.
 

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1 day is 9.99
1 week is 19.99
1 month is 34.99

It's Sprint, unlimited usage during the time frame you pay for. It's slow as hell, well because Sprint. There is no contract, you can keep activating as often as you want.

I activated it for a month, it works like a champ, but again, data speeds are shitty. You tie your credit card to your UConnect account and can make the purchase in the vehicle, which is convenient. I can see using this if i'm on the road and in a jam. But it's not something I'm going to keep renewing on a regular basis simply because of the speed.
 

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So the WiFi hotspot is seperate/additional from the regular Sprint charges ?
You guys confusing two things. There is hotspot that you can buy but not sure why would you ever do it if you can get the same via your phone and probablyy for free if you jailbreak it or root it.

Uconnect itself can tether via your phone via bluetooth (Android) or usb (ios). You need to download uconnect app to be able to do this. Than in your car you can use buildin pandora app but suck data by using your plan from your phone. Thats what they say in the manual but my understanding is that car's uconnect apps as well as phone app are not out yet. You need both. App on you phone (to be able to bridge phones data plan and uconnect) and cars uconnect apps to be able to use that data. Bottom line is if you have smartphone and data plan you are all set.

Sprint is ONLY if you want to turn your Jeep into wifi hotspot. 35 bucks maybe it is not sucha bad deal. Some phone companies charge 50 for the same in addition to your normal plan.
 

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Some phone companies charge 50 for the same in addition to your normal plan.
Granted, I'm paying $150/month for my T-Mobile service (with a total of 4 lines and lots of other toys) and I'm with them for more than 10 years now - but they threw in tethering on my HTC Sensation with my 5 GB 4G data-plan for free after I asked them for it.:thumbsup:

Charging $50 for tethering only sounds very expensive to me.:eek:
 

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I doubt it, "Uconnect is a consumer wireless service for use in Chrysler vehicles that may include remote features, vehicle health reports, theft alarm notification, voice text reply, automatic crash notification, emergency call, stolen vehicle assistance, search point of interest, performance pages, and smartphone applications ("Uconnect Services")." "Your subscription period begins when you purchase the Uconnect Services and you will be automatically charged monthly until you unsubscribe".

I could not find what these monthly fees are but suspect they are similar to Onstar. The hotspot access would be in addition to this.

My smartphone can support connection via 802.11, USB, or Bluetooth but the MiFi device only does 802.11.
 

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So what does the remote start via cell phone go through? I could care less about the hot spot, my phone can do that with 4G speeds.
 

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The remote start via cell goes through Sprint as well. However there is no mention of what the fees will be, if any, after the 1 year trial.
 

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Let me clarify:

You pay for Wifi hotspot
You pay for Onstar like features
You can use your data plan with UCONNECT apps for free.

Excerpt from manual (unless that has changed recently):

"To get started using Via Mobile Apps, first register your Uconnect® Access
system. During registration you can establish a link to your media accounts such
as Aha, iHeartRadio, Pandora or Slacker. You can go back to update your account
at any time by visiting MoparOwnerConnect.com and selecting “Edit Profile”.
• If using an Android smartphone, the Apps will function using a Bluetooth®
connection. Pair your smartphone to the radio, log in to the Uconnect® Access
App on your smartphone, and check to make sure Via Mobile is ready to provide
data to the radio.
• If using an iPhone smartphone, log in to the Uconnect® Access App on your
smartphone, plug the iPhone into the radio using a USB cable, and check to
make sure Via Mobile is ready to provide data to the radio."
 

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So what does the remote start via cell phone go through? I could care less about the hot spot, my phone can do that with 4G speeds.
That probably would be Sprint. Most likely remote start will cost you 9.99 or something like that. I would imagine would be competitive with OnStar.
 

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Point is we are rapidly moving to a point where we will be more dependant on the Internet than gasoline. I already pay more per month for those services than gas and all of these technologies are in violent collision.

It is also complex making these technologies talk together & am reminded of all the trouble GM got in with SEMA and the Fed about tying their radios to GM suppliers.

Have said it before: I expect the next generation of entertainment packages to consist of a docking station.
 

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Have said it before: I expect the next generation of entertainment packages to consist of a docking station.
There is no physical docking station but if I connect my iPhone via USB cable how is that different? I would say docking station is in there already.
 

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What I mean is a docking station, amp, speakers, and an antenna. Essentially a "Tablet accomodation package" that locks the tablet in place, in view, and does not block anything else.

My current windows 8 pro tablet can provide entertainment (audio/video including CD/DVD), sat-nav, rear view camera, engine parameters & diagnostics, plus the whole factory service manual. Those do not require wifi/sprint/on-star/whatever.

With my hotspot active add web/e-mail and everything else on the internet.

I do use the radio for the Aux Jack and BT Handsfree but have add-ons that can do that in my other cars.

Am using traditional equipment to type this but when connected the tablet could use the same keyboard/mouse/monitor to do exactly the same. Can also display my cable TV guide and the shows.

Have to stop thinking in terms of "car" and more in terms of "personal" - something you can use anywhere & "car" is just one aspect.

Is what I meant by we are experiecing a massive collision of technologies.
 
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