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Phil_Britt
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10/31/2014 | 2:29:43 PM
Re: I perceive AT&T as being in the lead in the connected car sector as the moment.
You're right about the need for large diameter hotspots. While the connected car seems cool, the problems with dropped signals are likely to be commonplace, particularly in the beginning. any additional buildout of the infrastucture to support these vehicles doesn't make sense until there are enough of them on the road.
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10/25/2014 | 3:21:48 PM
Re: I perceive AT&T as being in the lead in the connected car sector as the moment.
"I can see Audi owners not minding the added costs of redundancy, but I still doubt most consumers are going to want to pay an additional per device connection fee to make the car a hotspot -- as opposed to using the phone itself as a hotspot the car connects to.

Mazda's new vehicles do a nice job in that regard, just letting you use your phone as the hotspot with the car using the phone itself as the modem."

Maybe the increased cost of the mobile data can be added to the car at the time of purchase, with discounts it can probably lower the data costs. This kind of technology is obsolete in countries like Hungary where you have to pay taxes for using the internet. Can connected cars be a business there?
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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10/25/2014 | 3:19:59 PM
Re: I perceive AT&T as being in the lead in the connected car sector as the moment.
AT&T is connecting cars alright, but what about the coverage of high speed wireless internet? Hotspots are cool, as long as they are hundreds of kilometres in diameter.
DanJones
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10/24/2014 | 3:47:40 PM
Re: I perceive AT&T as being in the lead in the connected car sector as the moment.
Yeah, I've seen a couple of ads pushing the "hotspot on wheels" type concept from GM recently.
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10/24/2014 | 9:32:46 AM
Re: I perceive AT&T as being in the lead in the connected car sector as the moment.
I too wonder if at first, consumers will be ready to spend the extra bucks to get the connected car. But, I suspect there's going to be some heavy marketing and incentives to fan the fire at first. I'm see Chevy ads that promote the cars, and the marketing is certainly getting me primed to want to buy into it.  But, although it's not a sure thing, I predict eventually all cars are going to be "connected" whether we want or need it or not.
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KBode,
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10/24/2014 | 8:25:54 AM
Re: I perceive AT&T as being in the lead in the connected car sector as the moment.
Curious: were those sold cars, or cars that are available to be sold?

I can see Audi owners not minding the added costs of redundancy, but I still doubt most consumers are going to want to pay an additional per device connection fee to make the car a hotspot -- as opposed to using the phone itself as a hotspot the car connects to.

Mazda's new vehicles do a nice job in that regard, just letting you use your phone as the hotspot with the car using the phone itself as the modem.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I think many educated consumers are going to avoid AT&T's version of this idea. I was certainly wrong on how much success carriers were going to have selling and connecting tablets with LTE radios, which now seem to comprise most of their quarterly adds.
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10/22/2014 | 10:54:41 PM
Re: AT&T in the Lead
DanJones, it certainly sounds like they have a running start!

The numbers and evolution are interesting.  I am wondering if this pattern for adoption mirrors the evolution of GPS systems?

AT&T is truly smart to carve out this niche and drive the market!

Interesting numbers!

 
DanJones
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10/22/2014 | 6:09:14 PM
I perceive AT&T as being in the lead in the connected car sector as the moment.
What could Verizon or any other carrier do to catch AT&T's connected car lead I wonder?


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