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Data Plans Value and Infotainment Problems

So after digging a bit about the AT&T data plan I noticed that my dealer never set me up with a trial.

SO that bring up a few thoughts and questions:

1) What value is the plan for most people?

2) Do those who have issues with the infotainment and blank screens have active data plans and is there a correlation?
Note: I have never had any problems so many people are describing

3) Can you disable the plan once activated if it is in fact causing you issues?

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Similarly, I had been trying to understand the value/benefit to add a SIM card to the vehicle or paying for ATT subscription after trial period. If you turn the hotspot on your phone on and connect your car to that, it serves the same purpose. The only downside is a slightly quicker discharge of your phone battery.

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So after digging a bit about the AT&T data plan I noticed that my dealer never set me up with a trial.

SO that bring up a few thoughts and questions:

1) What value is the plan for most people?

2) Do those who have issues with the infotainment and blank screens have active data plans and is there a correlation?
Note: I have never had any problems so many people are describing

3) Can you disable the plan once activated if it is in fact causing you issues?

Thoughts??
1. I do not see any value in the vehicle data plan, as you point out your phone plan covers everything the ATT plan does. The ATT plan for the I-Pace is 90 days or a set amount of data (I believe it is 5GB), whichever comes first. But, I suppose it may be worthwhile for others if their phone plan has a more expensive data option.

2. As with every new car I buy, I did activate the plan and will let it expire it's natural death without renewal. I have not had the blank screen problems others seem to have. Once or twice the screens remained black, but I ignored them and it self resolved without any extra action on my part. My system has odd little quirks occasionally, smart settings may or may not load, ambient light settings may or may not hold, the cameras have activated while driving a few times, the rearview camera can only keep up in real time if you back very slowly, etc. but so far it self resolves the next time I shut off & start the car.

3. You can cancel it at any time
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I plan on replacing whatever SIM comes in the car with a Google Fi data only SIM card. It's part of the family plan we have. $10 per GB and free after 10 GB.
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I can add a SIM data plan onto my T-Mobile account for $10 a month. I believe it gets me 5 or 6gb
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I'm sorry if I'm dense, but ... WHAT does the AT&T Plan do for you? What will the driver or passengers lose when the 90 days expire?
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I'm sorry if I'm dense, but ... WHAT does the AT&T Plan do for you? What will the driver or passengers lose when the 90 days expire?
The ability to use the car as a hotspot. That’s it. Most cellphone plans allow you to do that with your phone, so using your car as one is duplicative
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I have been told by two separate and unique JLR sources that US spec vehicles will only accept the AT&T SIM.
Doesn't the user SIM provide data for live traffic in navigation?
I don't have my vehicle yet so anyone with a vehicle want to try it out?
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The ability to use the car as a hotspot. Thats it. Most cellphone plans allow you to do that with your phone, so using your car as one is duplicative
So, I would be safe in asserting that this does NOTHING for anybody actually driving the car, as you're not supposed to even be looking at your cell phone (which already has 4G), and I'm not trying to drive and use a laptop or a tablet.

Right?!! This is basically a useless feature that they are putting in car after car after car?

Why?!! Is it just some means to keep your children quiet?
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So, I would be safe in asserting that this does NOTHING for anybody actually driving the car, as you're not supposed to even be looking at your cell phone (which already has 4G), and I'm not trying to drive and use a laptop or a tablet.

Right?!! This is basically a useless feature that they are putting in car after car after car?

Why?!! Is it just some means to keep your children quiet?
Yes, you would be correct. Most new cars have this 'feature' and I suppose ATT has the agreement with the manufacturers because they are able to get a few percentage of new car buyers to opt in. I can't explain why anyone would do it. Most phone data plans are moving to unlimited data or ast least large amounts of cheap data, not sure why making your car a hotspot is an advantage.
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