Feeds

AT&T waves its magic wand, turns that $30,000 Audi into a Wi-Fi hotspot

Stream flash video to your flash ride in a flash over LTE

Intelligent flash storage arrays

AT&T will provide high-speed mobile internet to Audi's LTE-equipped A3 line of cars in the US.

The network operator will offer a pair of contracts: a six-month plan carrying 5GB of data over that period, and a 30-month plan with a 30GB cap. Customers will get a free six-month trial of the service upon purchasing an 2015 A3 – which sells for about $29,000. The six-month contract carries a $99 price tag, while the 30-month plan will run to $499. Users will be able to bundle both contracts into their existing plans.

The service will be the first high-speed LTE plan Audi has offered to motorists in the US. The company previously offered a 3G service through AT&T.

In the UK, Audi partners with LTE carriers to offer a service for its A3 line. A 2013 Reg review in London of the S3 found that while the connectivity can at times be spotty, the wireless broadband features on the car made for a fine Wi-Fi hotspot for passengers, though something of an distraction for a driver looking to handle the considerable muscle of the Audi.

While mobile data connections in cars are nothing new, manufacturers and software companies have stepped up efforts to improve the integration of apps and flash motors. At this year's CES, smart cars were among the biggest draws. Apple, for instance, is baking media players and personal assistant tools into cars. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass
Operator says it will safeguard 359 jobs, plans lick of paint
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.