GM replaces Verizon with AT&T for OnStar; 2015 models will be like smartphones on wheels
much broader picture which seems to dovetail with what GM is looking for, such as charging drivers to stream video on most of its Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models. Phil Abram, a GM executive director, would not say why the nation's largest carrier was dumped in favor of AT&T, but he did say that the latter's view was more aligned with the Detroit automaker's view.
Other ideas include sending drivers alerts about problems with the car, and sending data or video from the car to the driver's smartphone or tablet. Meanwhile, Verizon will continue to support the service for all existing models and for cars that come out before the 2015 models. AT&T will take over once the 2015 models start to launch in the middle of 2014.
OnStar currently has 6 million members in the United States, Canada and China with monthly rates starting at $18.95 a month for basic service, and $28.90 monthly for premium service. It is unknown how AT&T and GM will price the new system, but Glenn Lurie, president of the AT&T division that is in charge of wireless service beyond handsets, says that your car could one day be part of your AT&T shared data plan. Lurie says that from 2015 to 2018, he expects 20 million new cars to be wirelessly connected. Meanwhile, besides offering such services to GM, AT&T already has wireless deals with Ford and Nissan Motor, although the GM deal is the biggest one so far.
1. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
at&t nickle and dimes thats probably why
2. TheMan (Posts: 430; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Yep, that's what I want to have happen...GM drivers streaming video whilst at the wheel.
3. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
First good move gm has made in about 50 years...
4. nas1800 (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
Can you hear me now?? Not if its on AT&T. I to this day do not get reception for them at my house. Guess that onstar will only work in major areas and not in the middle of no where when needed.... that will be a fun law suit for someone who gets in a major accident out in the middle of no where with a subscription, at least they will be able to be track their final location when they are dead if they have a verizon phone.