Chevy is introducing Autonet Mobile WiFi routers to seven models

I read on Engadget today about Autonet Mobile, and how GM will be rolling it out as an option this year on seven Chevy models — the Equinox, Traverse, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Avalanche and Express.  This is the first time I’ve heard of it. I checked the Autonet Mobile online, and it promises you Wi-Fi in the car. You have to pay to get the wireless router installed in your vehicle, and pay a monthly fee (starting at $29), but it’s Wi-Fi. 

Wondering how they were providing Internet on the go, I looked into it more, and now I’m less impressed. It’s just a service using 3G and 2.5G cellular service.  You don’t use a Verizon or AT&T — Autonet Mobile is your Internet service provider. Cellular service?  Besides basic Internet web surfing or chatting, you definitely would be inhibited by the 3G or 2.5G bandwidth. 

Over the 3G network, download speeds average from 400kps-800kps. Upload ranges from 128kps-300kps.  When not on 3G the average download is 120kps-200kps and 50kps-100kps for upload.

Are they kidding? Don’t try to watch a movie!.  Also, I hope the data throughput isn’t be shared by multiple passengers in the car.  🙂

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