ZTE Mobley Hotspot Plugs Into Car Data Port
AT&T today announced the ZTE Mobley, a mobile hotspot for cars that connects via the OBD-II port. The Mobley is compatible with most cars model year 1996 and later and turns on automatically whenever the car is on. It can support up to five connected devices in the car via WiFi. The Mobley costs $100 with no commitment, and is also available for $0 down with a two-year commitment. AT&T says it can be added to Mobile Share Value plans for a $10 monthly access charge. Data Connect plans are available, too, which cost $20 for 1GB of LTE 4G data or $30 for 3GB. The Mobley is a simple hotspot and doesn't offer advanced support functions, such as roadside assistance, like those available via the Verizon Hum.
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U.S. Intel Directors Warn Against Using Huawei, ZTE Phones
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Republican Senators Want It to Be Illegal for US Gov to Use Huawei or ZTE Equipment
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ZTE Says Intel Chiefs' Fears Unfounded, Its Phones No Threat
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T-Mobile's SyncUP Drive Creates In-Car Hotspot
T-Mobile today introduced the SyncUP Drive, a plug-in device for cars that provides connectivity as well as safety and analytics tools. The SyncUP Drive plugs into most cars' OBD-II port and can be used to generate an in-car, rolling hotspot for keeping WiFi devices connected through T-Mobile's LTE network.
I understand the devices released by insurance companies, that monitor your vehicle acceleration, usage, top speed, etc and help you get lower rates, however this is just a very simple hotspot device, with, as you stated, no special features/functions at all. I would never consider a device like...
It does sound kind of interesting though why they are chosing the OBD port....
The new mobile hotspots
There have been other companies that offer similar solutions via the OBD2 port, Verizon sells a device (Delphi Connect) and T-Mobile is highlighting an Indiegogo device (Vinli) and it makes me wonder why it took so long for someone to think this up. It is easily transferred between vehicles which also makes it more useful. Now if they can only make one that handles LTE for all major carriers...