General Motors has started an initiative to gradually turn all their products into connected cars. Now those who like conspiracy theories may be thinking that this is part of a NSA plan to listen in to your in-car conversations. But that’s not true. They can use your phone to do that!
What they are offering, first with Chevy and Cadillac, and now for Buick, is fast mobile internet via OnStar 4G LTE service. A built-in Wi-Fi hotspot will keep passengers connected on the go, allowing them to browse the Internet, download movies, play games or send email on up to seven devices at once. That is a hugely convenient feature for today’s tech-savvy customers, and allows them to use their time a lot more efficiently.
Buick confirmed that 2015 LaCrosse, Regal, Verano and Encore would come standard with OnStar 4G LTE hardware, with data packages available for an additional charge. Using this system the passengers can connect their personal devices, such as compatible smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless Internet.
What’s more, OnStar 4G LTE also comes with Buick AppShop, a feature of IntelliLink. Through Buick AppShop, owners can use their 4G LTE connection to download apps and stream data. And before you dismiss this idea as nerdelicious, it offers lots of usefull apps for normal people such as iHeartRadio, Priceline.com, the Weather Channel, NPR, Slacker Radio, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Glympse and Kaliki.
GM’s OnStar 4G LTE works with AT&T for its data plans. Normal OnStar services won’t be affected. Buick’s 4G LTE launch coincides with OnStar’s 10th generation hardware, an upgrade allowing voice and high-speed data services.