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.