The car hotspots are usually really slow lte modems. They won't do carrier aggregation. A current flagship phone will annihilate them for pure speed.
I prefer to roll my own with a 5g modem and borrow the IMEI of a phone for completely unlimited data speeds. Plus I can use multiple sim card profiles so I can use any of the 3 big carriers at will.
Its not completely impossible to upgrade or modify them.That is kind of what I was figuring. Especially since there are a number of cars on the roads these days that no longer have service because they used 3G technology right up to 2021 models. If vehicle manufacturers were still using 3G as late as 2021, how would you expect them to have 5G in vehicles produced within the last year?
With the 3G wireless network shutdown, Consumer Reports looks at car safety implications, including cars losing features like automatic crash notification, and advises what owners can do.www.consumerreports.org
Sounds like something that 1 in a million people would do.Its not completely impossible to upgrade or modify them.
you can also pull the modem from the vehicle, clone the IMEI to a hotspot device with better capabilities and then use it anywhere you like with the unlimited connected car plans. at least until you hit the hard throttle caps where deprioritization kicks in. Att doesn't seem to throttle unless its actually congested. Tmobile and Verizon are hard limits that drop you to almost nothing. Then theres visible which is always deprioritized, but no hard caps so if you are able to get decent service its always decent.
That's exactly how the 5G hotspot in my Audi works.I think it would make sense if it enabled more features on the infotainment. Like Google maps, and Spotify working independently of your phone data, real time weather, and news alerts etc.
Audi still does this, it was bundled in with the wireless charger. It's called the "Audi Phonebox" which is a cellular signal booster. You are supposed to register it with your wireless carrier but I never did.Back in the days, car phones had higher transmission power since you're not holding the antenna next to your head. Useful when the cell towers were farther apart in sparse coverage area.
I think it would make sense if it enabled more features on the infotainment. Like Google maps, and Spotify working independently of your phone data, real time weather, and news alerts etc.
Most systems don't seem to be enabled to take advantage of the extra features that an internet connection allows. That is one of the cool things about Tesla.
If it is solely to run ipads, or laptops I don't really see the draw.
As long as I have my work iphone with me, the hotspot works automatically, or it is one swipe down, and a button press to enable hotspot on my android.
I have a grandfathered in TMobile plan that allows 100GB full speed hotspot, and it is often faster than the wifi wherever I am working.
This is still true with some systems. Most cars these days only do bluetooth. If the system you use in your car uses rSAP (remote sim access protocol) then the module can use much higher output powers than a handheld device. rSAP also allows the car to share the data connection. There's very few US cars that use this. VWAG cars can use it, but usually you need to swap modules for a world version instead of a US version. The US sucks for mobiles and connectivity. wonder why? They want to sucker you for product tie ins like the mobile hotspots and other crap.Back in the days, car phones had higher transmission power since you're not holding the antenna next to your head. Useful when the cell towers were farther apart in sparse coverage area.
Yup, as evidenced by VW and Audi customers who have MY 2019 cars that still had 3G hardware that have now been disabled.Cars should be able to connect to the hotspot that your phone provides and use the data through your phone rather than having their own costly service plan and using obsolete connection technology 3 years after leaving the showroom floor.
Brand new van last year; took it through BFE and over the mountains to the beach for a couple weeks. I went ahead and fired up the van's hotspot because it's from AT&T and my carefully crafted and hung onto unlimited full speed everything including 5G and hotspot mobile phone service...isn't.We do a lot of work while traveling. Normally we use our phone as a hotspot, is anyone using their car's hotspot and not thier phone, if so, how is it? Better, worse or no different?
How would they collect and sell everyones driving data then, duh.Cars should be able to connect to the hotspot that your phone provides and use the data through your phone rather than having their own costly service plan and using obsolete connection technology 3 years after leaving the showroom floor.