Can the Model 3 become a hotspot just like other cars can do that have onstar? If not, does anyone know if this will be a future capability?
No, and maybe (or maybe not).
Damn. For such a high tech car, the lack of satellite radio and a hotspot seems short sighted to me.
Tesla doesn’t want you using their bandwidth to watch movies on your iPad (for example). Maybe once they start charging for Premium Connectivity they’ll add hotspot support (but maybe not). The lack of XM is more about where to put the antenna than technology; Model S doesn’t support XM either unless you have the sunroof.
I would gladly pay $20 for the hotspot, just like I do with onstar.
Why do you need your car to be a hotspot if your phone can be a hotspot
No using free LTE paid for by Tesla. Hopefully they open it up once people are paying for their own LTE.
I love XM on my Model X
You get 1 year of free high speed LTE with Model 3.
Still dont understand why you'd need your car to be your hotspot when your phone, which is now your car key, can provide that for you.
Yeah, but I pay for that data by the gig. Tesla's is free for me.
For 1 year
I bought early enough - not the case for me :)
Dam nice haha
I'm pretty sure the LTE service paid for by Tesla is throttled to a few Mb/s.
I'd be surprised if Tesla's WiFi radio could not operate in ad-hoc mode, but I bet they have a deal with the ISP to not use it for anything but Tesla internet traffic.
It's my understanding that the 1 year of LTE isn't for external devices, it's used for data the car needs, like downloading updates, traffic information, streaming audio, etc. Is that correct?
As for using my phone as a hotspot, I can't and the reception would never be as good as onstar.
@Chris35: You keep mentioning OnStar, so I want to make sure you know Teslas don't have that. Teslas use LTE (or 3G on some older cars) for internet connectivity while you're driving, so if reception is bad for your phone it might be bad for the car too (I believe Tesla uses AT&T). The only real advantage of making the car a WiFi hotspot is to avoid data charges on your phone.
Yes, I’m aware and was just using it as an example.
Wow - $20/month ($240/yr) for a Onstar hotspot seems expensive. I can get an unlimited data hotspot on my phone for $10/month (or free if I pay for a more expensive plan). I suppose Tesla could offer an super-premium plan at an extra $240/year for a hotspot, but seems like a lot of effort for a feature anyone can get on their phone already.
Why do you need hotspot in your car?
Just curious never really thought about it.
So everyone in the car can be watching a different movie while driving. Hopefully the driver is not one of them.
Thats funny but its a serious question. But if thats a serious answer, then 'alrighty then'.
If we're going to be streaming, frankly I don't really know why XM wouldn't just work with Tesla and have it be an app that a user would have to sign in to and then have their login present their selections and allow streaming. Could be Tesla did a deal with Tunein and another that prohibits that, but since one can always use an XM app and use bluetooth streaming-lets just take it one step farther.
Me thinks if your phone can do it, theres no reason to put the hardware in every single car. Everyone has a phone. Data on the otherhand is the only bottleneck.
Kind of agree w/ everyone. I've got unlimited data on my phone, which can act as a hotspot. If anything, I'd rather have the ability to use my phone as a hotspot for the Tesla, rather than the other way around. I'm already paying for unlimited data on my phone. Wouldn't make sense to add another data plan...
The car has much better reception than my phone.
my phone has much better reception that the car...I just use my phone as a hotspot for the car if necessary.
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I would also prefer to use my phone as a hotspot for the car the other way around. In Germany I have unlimitted data for Spotify and video like YT and Netflix. So why pay double. The problem is also, that Tesla doesn't offer the premium internet for the SR+ and I would like to see traffic information in my map. Now I have to look on my phone all the time.
@OscarJ: Once Tesla starts letting people pay for Premium Connectivity, you should be able to buy it for your SR+. Nobody can buy it yet.
I know I’m in the minority here but I’ve owned a BlackVue dash cam for years (Since my MS in 2015 - now in my M3 since 2018) and it requires a hotspot in order to send real-time notifications and auto-upload clips to the cloud when an event happens (like someone breaking into my car). I’ve gone through three MiFi devices from Verizon because they’re just not built to be on all the time. Unfortunately, there’s not a hotspot solution available for Tesla that you can make “always on”. If Tesla provided hotspot capability, I would be thrilled. And for those thinking of replying regarding the newer built-in dash cam and sentry mode features, I’m aware, use them and love them. But, and this is a big deal, are not cloud connected. It doesn’t do any good to have it if the USB is stolen or damaged during an accident.
The point is Tesla is lagging here in an area they shouldn’t be. There are use cases for needing a hot spot when you’re away from your car without your phone. I even tried using a cellular-enabled iPad mini for a bit. It worked until the car shut off. Ugh.
I had a hotspot in my BMW and usually it had much better reception than my phone because it was connected to the car aerial, it is one of the few things that I miss now that I have swapped to a M3.
I'd be happy to pay them $20/month for a hotspot, that's what I paid OnStar for an unlimited plan.