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Is LTE still free?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by tstafford, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. tstafford

    tstafford Supporting Member

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    Switching from a P85D to a new 100D next week. I read somewhere that Tesla was considering doing away with free LTE. Is it still free? If so, will it likely stay that way or is it scheduled to change sometime soon?

    TIA,
    Tim
     
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    Believe that now you get 1 yr free and then its 8 or 9 dollars/mo. Changed about a month or 2 ago, maybe july 1?

    If you ordered before that, should still be grandfathered in.
     
  3. dcevelyn

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    They are splitting up the LTE services into two separate packages, Premium and Basic.

    Premium includes Slacker streaming radio (U.S.), satellite navigation maps, etc. Premium is included with the purchase of a new Model S for 12 months for free and then has a fee after 12 months, or you can default to Basic service.

    Basic includes navagation (non-satellite) and basic OTA updates for patches & bug fixes. The Basic LTE service has no cost.
     
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    Do you know if it will be able to use wifi, as in a wifi hotspot to get the slacker and satellite nav? I'm guessing not, but it's worth asking.

    Thanks,
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    Waiting on first MS. Due end of September.
     
  5. tpham07

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    no you cannot use a hotspot to get premium connectivity features. Right now its free for 1 year for anything ordered after july 1st.

    im guessing like free supercharging, it will stay free and just cost $$ on the model 3. they haven't even announced pricing for it yet, but estimates it to be $100/yr.
     
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    Not as it currently stands, no. Wifi is not an option while the car is in motion so it wouldn't be useful for the nav or slacker. I believe the standard internet connectivity that takes over once premium expires does include sat navigation, but no traffic updates.
     
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    Check out the inventory deals before paying full list on your new 100D:

    HUGE DUMP of 2018 Inventory!
     
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    Since when? I haven't tried it for a while now, but it totally was an option in the past. Last I remember, they just changed the default and you just have associate the car's WiFi to a hotspot while the car is in "Drive" so that it doesn't disconnect it when shifting out of Park. Does this no longer work, or does it not work on the new MCU?
     
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    I haven't tried it recently myself either, but I interpreted this...

    "Can I get Premium Connectivity features by using a mobile hotspot?
    No. Over-the-air software updates may be downloaded over Wi-Fi networks, including mobile hotspots, subject to fees and restrictions of your mobile carrier. However, other Premium Connectivity features like satellite view maps and streaming media are currently not available over Wi-Fi."

    This says that leveraging a hotspot for the premium features won't be possible, and I made the assumption that this would be that you wouldn't be able to use a hotspot while the car was in drive. Maybe I'm wrong.

    Also to correct something else I said earlier...standard maps are part of the standard connectivity, but satellite views will only be possible with the premium package.
     
  10. cmalinowski

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    Oh well, was nice to dream. Guess I'll be paying for the premium for a bit. Not really that much when all the rest is considered. That would be a nice referral perk: Free premium LTE for life of vehicle.

    Thanks for replies.

    Chris
     

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