After drivers used more than 4 million gigabytes of data in 2016, Detroit-based automaker General Motors Co. today announced Chevrolet owners in the U.S. will have access to an unlimited prepaid data plan if their vehicles are equipped with an in-vehicle OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.
The new unlimited data plan will be enabled across the entire lineup by AT&T, and cost $20 per month beginning March 3.
Chevrolet says data usage has increased exponentially as owners increasingly stream video on a smartphones or tablets, send e-mail via a laptop, or play online using a portable gaming console while on the road. Unlimited data allows users to do so without the worry of running out of data or incurring overage charges.
“We have contractors bidding jobs in their Silverados, families streaming movies in their Suburbans and Malibus, and everyone tapping into the cloud for music,” says Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet. “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”
In 2016, Chevrolet reports customers used nearly 200 percent more OnStar 4G LTE data in their vehicles compared to 2015, and that data usage for the second half of the year was almost the same as the past two years combined, indicating a drastic increase in usage.
As the first automaker to offer 4G LTE connectivity in its entire retail portfolio, Chevrolet has sold more than 3.1 million connected vehicles since June 2014, and has more Wi-Fi equipped vehicles on the road than any other automaker.