Now you can stream all the movies you want.
Chevy was one of the first to offer 4G LTE connectivity in its cars when the service was introduced just a few years ago. Now, the automaker is looking to sweeten the deal for users with an unlimited plan starting at just $20 a month.
Beginning tomorrow, owners will be able to access the unlimited 4G LTE plan from their GM vehicles via a prepaid OnStar Wi-Fi hotspot enabled by AT&T. The new unlimited plan hopes to capitalize on the uptake in in-car Wi-Fi use, which saw 200 percent more data used in 2016 in Chevy vehicles alone than the previous 24 months, and more than 4 million gigabytes used in total.
"We have contractors bidding jobs in their Silverados, families streaming movies in their Suburbans and Malibus and everyone tapping into the cloud for music," said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet. "With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow."
But it won't be limited to just Chevy owners. The plan will include other GM vehicles, including Buick, GMC, and Cadillac, and will cover the more than 3.1 million 4G LTE-equipped cars, trucks, and SUVs sold since 2014.
Currently, OnStar charges $10 per month for one gigabyte of data, $20 a month for four gigabytes of data, and $40 a month for 10 gigabytes of data. Data can also be used on a daily basis for $5 for 250 megabytes or 20 gigabytes used over 12 months for $150. GM says that the $10 one gigabyte plan will still be offered alongside the new $20 unlimited plan.
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After using more than 4 million gigabytes of data in 2016, Chevrolet owners in the U.S. with an in-vehicle OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot will now have access to an unlimited prepaid data plan for only $20 per month. It will be available starting March 3, and Chevrolet will offer this groundbreaking plan enabled by AT&T across its entire retail lineup.
Chevrolet data usage has increased exponentially as owners have come to appreciate the ability to stream video on a tablet, send email on a laptop or play online using a gaming console in their vehicles, and now customers can utilize the full potential of their OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot without worrying about running out of data.
“We have contractors bidding jobs in their Silverados, families streaming movies in their Suburbans and Malibus and everyone tapping into the cloud for music,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet. “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”
Last year alone, Chevrolet customers used nearly 200 percent more OnStar 4G LTE data in their vehicles compared to 2015. In the second half of 2016, Chevy owners used almost as much data as they had the previous 24 months since OnStar 4G LTE launched.
To put this data usage in perspective, Chevrolet owners and their passengers streamed the equivalent of more than 17.5 million hours of video in 2016.
“We’re pleased to deliver this special unlimited data plan to Chevy owners,” said Chris Penrose, president, IoT Solutions, AT&T. “Accessing the internet through AT&T’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi, passengers now can access all of their content and enjoy endless entertainment on the go.”
As the first automaker to offer 4G LTE connectivity across its entire retail portfolio, Chevrolet has sold more than 3.1 million OnStar 4G LTE-connected vehicles since June 2014 and has more vehicles on the road equipped with 4G LTE than any other automaker.
Today, along with the 4G LTE connection enabled by AT&T, the OnStar Basic Plan comes standard on all new Chevrolet retail models. The Basic Plan includes select remote vehicle services and the OnStar AtYourService marketplace via the myChevrolet mobile app among other features.