I disagree. If I'm paying TSLA $116,000 for a Model S, and they have 25% GM then they can easily take the $2000 hit and give me free 3G connectivity for 7 yrs.
They've always been clear that there would be a fee. Everyone lucked out with free service until they were able to negotiate a price with a carrier and announce it -- this looks more like 'passing the price on' than nickel and diming.
Another response would be 'well, it was great we had it free for awhile, but I don't think it's worth paying for so I won't'.
No, we felt it was worth it for various reasons, but didn't buy the car, or add on options, because we thought we might get something we knew we would not. IMHO, anyway. I didn't buy my house expecting free phone service and I'm not now ticked off that it didn't come with it--I knew it didn't.
I agree with the general sentiment of this thread and hope Tesla wakes up and takes notice to this real or perceived nickel and dime'ing. Why not start charging for supercharging, at least it will provide a mechanism to control usage when they start to get congested. Better model to make back some money (bad for the current PR campaigns tho), if that is what they are trying to do.
I love the car and experience so far...please Tesla don't taint it.
Well, can anybody point me to the information on Tesla's web site that there will be additional cost to use something like navigation, which as I understand needs 3G connectivity. When getting the Tech Package there is even stated that 7 years of free updates are included. I'd be very surprised if there would be any additional cost in the future to be able to use this features.
Many bought the car because of the notion that this was just a much simpler designed vehicle, thus maintenance would be significantly lower than an ICE. But the more we see of mandatory $600 service visits, rumored $30/month 3G costs, $21 shipping for very small items, the supposed cost and maintenance advantages begin to fade away.
As for passing the cost along, sorry at that cost for the little bandwidth of last gen technology is concerned, it's more than just the cost being passed here. Or Tesla needs to do some better negotiating with their suppliers. I never expected it to be free. And since I have no car yet, I can't say that I had a free ride like most of you. But the rumored price is not what I would consider fair.
I may be getting a bit ornery because we are one day short of my self imposed bar of waiting for a sign, any sign of progress on my car. No sign in sight, no VIN, no Delivery window (but I have been asked to pre-sign up for service). 4 cars with very similar configs finalized after me scheduled to deliver within 2 weeks. But I still think $30 for 1GB of 3G per month is ridiculous, if that's what ends up being the case.
There have been a lot of jumping to conclusions based on a temporary hidden post that may not turn out to be accurate. I prefer waiting a bit longer to see what official pricing is. But I would also agree that if it turns out to be $30/mo for 3G from ATT that is a poor value.
Ok. Thanks for clarification although that sound kind of low tech. Can I also enter destinations and the like without having access to maps?
Quite simply, YES. Tesla advertised the Model S as nearly maintenance free .... then comes a required $600 annual service. Now, outdated cell technology at a premium price?
It's more about what we early adopters were sold vs. what we are now finding out .... So, if true, a major, major disappointment !