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Telekom CarConnect: Smart Adapter and Wi-Fi Hotspot for the Car

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 | bitcoin updates

          
    
    
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             An adapter for the OBD2 port also makes older vehicles a bit "smart" and provides the passengers with a Wi-Fi hotspot. In the appropriate tariff monthly 10 GByte data volume are contained.
            

        

        Telekom now also offers its German customers a smart adapter for the OBD 2 port in the car. With the CarConnect adapter and the accompanying app (iOS, Android) owners of cars from year 2006 can read various vehicle data. The network connection is made using the SIM card integrated in the adapter, which also provides WLAN access in the vehicle.
Hotspot with 10 GB of inclusive volumeThe adapter costs just under 50 euros, until the end of December 2017 Telekom offers it at a special price of 1 €. In addition, there are just under 10 euros per month for the network connection. The tariff, which can only be used together with a MagentaMobil contract, includes 10 GB of data volume that can also be used in other EU countries (roaming). A compatibility check for cars will be available shortly on the CarConnect website.
"What makes our offer unique is the combination of car data and hotspot," explained Michael Hagspihl, Managing Director Private Customers Telekom Deutschland. "Not only do we offer owners of older car models the chance to turn their car into a smart car, but they also make the car a rolling hotspot. This is especially interesting for families. "
With Mojio and ZTE Behind CarConnect is the platform of the Canadian startup Mojio, the adapter is manufactured by the Chinese manufacturer ZTE. In the US, Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile has been offering the package as a "sync-up drive" since November 2016, where it cost $ 150 to launch, but is now available with data plans and hefty discounts.
Telekom is not the first network operator to try an OBD2 adapter for a Connected Car service. Vodafone announced a cooperation with the startup TankTaler at CeBIT in March. With an adapter and an app, users can monitor their fuel consumption and receive discounts on the liter price at selected petrol stations.
O2 had a similar adapter – but without the Wi-Fi hotspot – demonstrated at the MWC 2014 and later brought to the IAA in Germany on the market. Apparently, the demand for the device, which should cost 150 euros, including one-year data service, not strong enough: A good year later, O2 has stopped the offer again.

(Vbr)

      

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