Tesla to offer ‘Premium Connectivity’ internet package starting July 1

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  1. simonalvarez0987

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    Tesla will be introducing new cellular connectivity packages for the Model S, Model X, and Model 3 starting July 1. According to the California-based electric car maker, Tesla owners who order their vehicles from July 1 moving forward will have the option to select between a “Premium Connectivity” package and a “Standard Connectivity” package. The new internet packages would be rolled out to all of Tesla’s markets, including Europe, Australia, and Asia.

    The Premium Connectivity package includes satellite maps with live traffic visualizations and satellite-view maps. In-car streaming music and media, as well as over-the-air updates via cellular data, are also included in the package, together with other applications and services that are set to be introduced in the future. Full pricing and details are expected to be announced soon, but Tesla expects the internet package to cost roughly $100 per year, or $8.34 per month.

    Customers who order a Model S, Model X, or Model 3 with the Premium Interior Package on or after July 1, 2018, will be receiving a year’s worth of Premium Connectivity for free. After the 1-year period is over, owners would be able to select the connectivity package option they prefer. Cars ordered before July 1, including Tesla’s entire fleet today, will not be impacted by the introduction of the new connectivity package options.

    Tesla’s Standard Connectivity package includes basic maps and navigation, as well as music and media features through a smartphone’s Bluetooth connection. Over-the-air updates are downloaded through WiFi, though Tesla states that firmware updates related to vehicle safety would be received through cellular at no extra cost. Customers can upgrade to the Premium Connectivity package at any time through the electric cars’ center console.

    The main difference between Tesla’s two internet packages lies in live traffic visualization, firmware updates, and in-car streaming. While all vehicles regardless of internet package would feature Tesla’s new and improved Navigation, electric cars with the Standard Connectivity package would not see live traffic visualizations, which are represented by green, orange, and red lines on the vehicle’s maps. The internet browser for the Model S and Model X and music streaming using the car’s cellular data itself would also be unavailable. 

    [​IMG]Tesla’s improved Navigation, pictured here, would still be accessible to Tesla vehicles with Standard Connectivity packages. [Credit: Black Tesla via YouTube]

    Particularly admirable, however, is the fact that all current Teslas on the road today will have the Premium Connectivity package for free for the lifetime of the vehicles. This is a pleasant surprise considering the company’s expectations outlined on its Q4 2013 Shareholder Letter, where Tesla noted that Model S customers would get free data connectivity for four years before the company starts charging for cellular data use.

    “To further enhance the driver experience, new Model S customers will now receive free data connectivity and internet radio for four years. As an added benefit to our existing Model S customers, the free four year period starts on January 1, 2014. To be fair to all, in rare cases, a customer may be charged for extreme data use.”

    Overall, Tesla’s introduction of its new connectivity packages could be seen as one of the strategies that the company could adopt to achieve its target of hitting profitability by Q3 or Q4 2018. As the size of Tesla’s fleet grows, after all, it becomes more and more costly for the company to provide complimentary cellular internet access to all its vehicles on the road. At around $100 a year or roughly $8.34 per month, Tesla’s Premium Connectivity package is very reasonable, costing less than the price of LTE services for the Apple Watch Series 3, which commands an additional $10 to a mobile phone subscription on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

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  2. crotapiasiglos

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    This is pretty crappy for reservation holders who\'ve been waiting two years and simply cannot order AWD/Performance models because Tesla hasn\'t opened them up yet.
     
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    Did you misunderstand the part that says "Particularly admirable, however, is the fact that all current Teslas on the road today will have the Premium Connectivity package for free for the lifetime of the vehicles."? It is pretty much the opposite of crappy. And for AWD well you get a more mature car, stop whining.
     
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    Current reservation holders who cannot place orders do not have a current Tesla on the road today.
     
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    #5 joeski1, Jun 24, 2018
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    Interesting thought progression.

    My thought.. TESLA will now charge $100 a year additional for what they used to give you included in the purchase price.

    Same idea with the supercharger use.

    How does one make or turn a negative into a positive?

    Didn't accomplish that here with this Teslarti press release but at least current owners won't be screwed for another nuisance service charge

    Now if I buy another MS, will I STILL have to pay that $100 a year BUT the supercharging is free?

    Sounds silly..

    Hopefully this idea will crash and burn the same way the 3rd SpaceX rocket often does.

    I agree.. this is a crappy step backward for any vehicle (m3) retailing for way more than $35K.. often waaay over $55,000.00 US +

    Even worse for a guy or gal that just wrapped a $100K vehicle into a $1450 a month LEASE plus $150 a month for a service and extended warranty.

    Now you intend to further nickel and dime them for another $8 a month? WOW!

    And to top it off... the Kind bars and other treats and sodas are gone from the service wait area.. just putrid Desani (you call that drinking water? ) and suckers.. really..
     
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    While it definitely sucks that they are taking the lifetime free stuff away but I can't see a business model where lifetime free stuff is sustainable. Unless of course you are ok with Ads or something that will pop up then maybe it can be sustained. I am waiting on my model 3 and have ordered the Performance (waited on line the first day). I am unhappy that I am paying the price of an S and not getting lifetime supercharging but I understand that eventually that will go away in full and if I want Tesla to stay around they need to make money longterm.
     
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    I am a day one (online, sight unscene) model 3 reservationist. Got my invitation a few weeks ago but holding out for the performance model, which I’ve been excitedly saving up for.
    You cannot tell me than Tesla cannot afford the 100 dollar a year perk for those of us willing to pay a premium for this untested vehicle.
    It’s not that I cannot afford the fee, it’s just a little cool feature in a car that realistically has very few features in comparison to a similarly priced gas using vehicle.
    And a question, if I were to purchase a used Tesla, does the new owner get the lifetime supercharging and now, data plan?
     
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    I waited at the store on day one and have been able to order the performance for weeks now. I pulled the trigger a couple weeks back but no ETA on when it would be here. I do wish I get free supercharger since I paid just as much as an S but o well, I understand how it is hard for shareholders to let a company give lifetime free stuff when who knows how long these things last (hopefully a very long time)
     
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