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Elon Confirms LTE coming--requires Hardware Upgrade

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Todd Burch, May 12, 2013.

  1. Todd Burch

    Todd Burch Electron Pilot

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    From Elon's tweeting:

    "@elonmusk: @RaimisJ Tesla software knits together Google Voice, Slacker, Gracenote & others and streams over 3G (will be LTE later)"

    "@elonmusk: @JasonPolstein Yeah, we don't do a good job of telling people about this feature. Requires hardware unfortunately."

    Elon also confirms when the BIG software update is coming (or at least tethering)

    "@elonmusk: @SeanChin @RaimisJ Over the air upgrade coming in a few months to allow tethering (and other things)."
     
  2. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    Great to hear re: LTE. Sad Panda on "big update" being in a few months. In a few months the Model S would have been on the road (regardless how few) for over a year, and we'd be just getting something that should have arguably been there since launch. On the flip side, it's better to know (as much as one can "know" from an Elon tweet) than to be in the dark.
     
  3. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    As impatient as I am for new updates (it's addictive), I keep reminding myself "It's ready when it's ready" regarding software.
     
  4. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    They obviously launched the Model S a little early to stop bleeding cash but things are finally in the more refined stage. Still lots of things missing but most of the false error messages, glitchy screens were eliminated (for me at least) after v4.2. Glad to hear they are finally commenting on LTE though.
     
  5. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    So he did not confirm a hardware upgrade, despite the thread title. He confirmed (a) LTE availability at some point (unsurprising/expected) and (b) hardware requirement (obvious). A hardware upgrade option would be great, but they could update the assembly line going forward and not offer an upgrade. Hopefully they will, but that's not what he said--though perhaps he meant it.

    Sorry if this sounds paranoid, but I feel like I see this a lot--vague Tesla comment, specific community interpretation, then different reality. So I don't want to presume too much based on a couple of vague tweets.

    But I'll cross my fingers! ;-) Whether I'd upgrade depends on connectivity pricing, anyway.
     
  6. steve841

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    It'd be nice if the hardware could be as easy as a USB dongle of some type ....

    ahhhh wishful thinking.....
     
  7. joshuaeven

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    Could it be as simple as a processor and SIM card swap?
     
  8. Todd Burch

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    Not following how the thread title doesn't reflect the content. He confirmed that a hardware upgrade is required to support LTE.
     
  9. eelton

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    I hope this hardware upgrade is the type of thing said to be included with the annual service.
     
  10. GeekGirls

    GeekGirls Kid in Candy Store

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    Of course it's also possible that the hardware upgrade isn't a retrofit, but simply a design change. Either for later Model S production or for the Model X. An upgrade would be nice, but I didn't buy the car predicated on getting LTE. I might feel quite different if I was a Signature purchaser.
     
  11. AnOutsider

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    Messy and tacky IMO. Just go n and replace whatever module is in there. Not like the service centers don't have access.
     
  12. steve841

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    I dread trips to the SC not to mention tearing apart the center screen area....
     
  13. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    We're getting used to it. Happy about it? No. Used to it? Yes.

    Signature is starting to feel like an "original reproduction" on "authentic paper" that has theoretical collector value, but isn't as good as a new reproduction on fresh paper.
     
  14. montgom626

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    Well said and something all current MS owners need to remember.
     
  15. TokyoRush

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    I think that the real goal is to support tethering to whatever device you have either through the USB or WiFi. That's how I read Elon's comments as well as others I have heard.
     
  16. kendallpb

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    He said he requires hardware...not that a hardware upgrade would be offered to existing owners. Perhaps I misinterpreted your title--apologies, if so! To me, "upgrade" means something changed in something that exists, i.e., an upgrade to existing Model S cars on the road. Again, sorry if I misinterpreted you.
     

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