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Chrysler Brings Mobile Internet to Cars

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Chrysler announced today that not only would it rebrand all of its entertainment features with the uconnect name, but it also would offer mobile internet as a dealer-installed option.

Here are the basics of uconnect web:

  • The cost of the hardware/router is $449, not including a $50 installation
  • Monthly charges are $29 per month in 12-, 24- and 36-month-long service plans plus a $35 activation fee
  • Uses existing 3G and 2.5G cellular networks
  • Download speeds are between 400-800 Kbps/sec
  • Upload speeds average 400 Kbps
  • Range is 100 feet

Business people and tech-savvy families might get use out of this system when there’s more than one user and device being used. Otherwise we wonder why someone wouldn’t just get a laptop internet card through a wireless provider such as AT&T. A quick browse of AT&T’s site shows that with a two-year contract you get a fairly powerful laptop card for free, there’s no installation charge but the monthly rate is much higher, $60 a month. The free card’s upload and download rates are better than what Chrysler is offering, almost twice as fast. And once a laptop is wireless, it becomes a virtual Wi-Fi hotspot as well.

Uconnect web will be available in August for all Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles through certified dealers.

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Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David Thomas

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