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?

EVRider | 2018年7月19日

No, and maybe (or maybe not).

Chris35 | 2018年7月19日

Damn. For such a high tech car, the lack of satellite radio and a hotspot seems short sighted to me.

EVRider | 2018年7月19日

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.

Chris35 | 2018年7月19日

I would gladly pay $20 for the hotspot, just like I do with onstar.

andy.connor.e | 2018年7月19日

Why do you need your car to be a hotspot if your phone can be a hotspot

jjgunn | 2018年7月19日

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

andy.connor.e | 2018年7月19日

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.

CST | 2018年7月19日

Yeah, but I pay for that data by the gig. Tesla's is free for me.

andy.connor.e | 2018年7月19日


For 1 year

CST | 2018年7月19日

I bought early enough - not the case for me :)

andy.connor.e | 2018年7月19日

Dam nice haha

rxlawdude | 2018年7月19日

I'm pretty sure the LTE service paid for by Tesla is throttled to a few Mb/s.

gm_xeon | 2018年7月19日

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.

Chris35 | 2018年7月19日

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.

EVRider | 2018年7月19日

@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.

Chris35 | 2018年7月19日

Yes, I’m aware and was just using it as an example. | 2018年7月20日

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.

andy.connor.e | 2018年7月20日

Why do you need hotspot in your car?

Just curious never really thought about it. | 2018年7月20日

So everyone in the car can be watching a different movie while driving. Hopefully the driver is not one of them.

andy.connor.e | 2018年7月20日

Thats funny but its a serious question. But if thats a serious answer, then 'alrighty then'.

nicktrash | 2018年7月20日

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.

andy.connor.e | 2018年7月20日

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.

SteveWin1 | 2018年7月20日

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...

Chris35 | 2018年7月20日

The car has much better reception than my phone.

Kary993 | 2019年7月1日

my phone has much better reception that the car...I just use my phone as a hotspot for the car if necessary.

rxlawdude | 2019年7月1日


OscarJ | 2019年11月21日

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.

EVRider | 2019年11月21日

@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.

SpaceCowboy | 2019年12月24日

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.

peter.barkas | 2019年12月24日

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.

bjrosen | 2019年12月24日

I'd be happy to pay them $20/month for a hotspot, that's what I paid OnStar for an unlimited plan.

BretaNet00 | 2020年4月30日

Right, premium cars should have hotpot functionality (especially with such a weak browser).
Elon said it could happen long ago. It's just a matter of keeping up with the other premium auto brands...

fazman | 2020年4月30日

If you really want a hotspot in the year 2020, why not use your own phone as a hotspot? Or go get an actual hotspot thru Google Fi? I would say built in “hotspots” on a car are very gimmicky... the tech evolves so fast that its better to have your own stand alone solution to keep the car from getting obsolete in about 12 months. I’m pretty sure a 5G hotspot would be nice thing to have in any car, but all cars prior to 2021 are not going to have it.

As for the future... anything is possible, who knows Elon might get his own wireless ISP setup in outer space and beam down internet to each car for $1/mo in the future...

dinojenifer2018 | 2020年5月10日

In Germany I have unlimitted information for Spotify and video like YT and Netflix. So why pay twofold. The issue is additionally, that Tesla doesn't offer the top notch web for the SR+ and I might want to see traffic data in my guide