In-car wifi is equal parts mind-bending and irresponsible-seeming. But you know you want it, and you’ve only been able to get it in brand new cars that are already computers on wheels. Until now, that is!
AT&T just announced a new gadget called Mobley that plugs into your car’s on-board diagnostics port, and when you turn on the car, you’ve got a wifi hotspot. That means that it’ll work with most American models built after 1996. (Check this small list to see if your pre-1996 vehicle has the correct OBD II port.) When you turn your car off, the Mobley turns off, so you won’t have to worry about charging a battery, like you do with other mobile hotspots. You can order the new device will be available here, and AT&T starts shipping on September 11.
The Mobley is equipped with a Qualcomm MDM9215 processor and allows up to five people to use AT&T’s LTE network. If you sign up for a two-year contract, the company will charge you $0 for the device itself. Otherwise, it’s a cool $100 and no annual commitment is required. Of course, you’ll have to pay for the service, as well. It’s an extra $10 a month if you add it to a Mobile Share Value plan. If you add it to a DataConnect plan, you’ll pay $20 for 1GB or $30 for 3GB.
Just imagine popping that badboy in your late 90’s Mazda Miata and zipping down a pristine mountain road while streaming Netflix on a laptop in the passenger’s seat while checking your email on a tablet strapped to the dash. Just kidding! Don’t you dare do that—it’s extremely dangerous. Don’t text and drive either. Just drive and leave the internet surfing to your kids. Or just listen to the radio like we used to.
Oh and by the way, let’s hope that AT&T packed this thing to the gills with security features, because plugging stuff into your dashboard is a great way to give hackers complete access to your entire car.
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