Verizon Vehicle to Connect the Unconnected Cars
Verizon Communications' telematics business today unveiled Verizon Vehicle, a connected module that plugs into cars and provides internet access. Verizon Vehicle is meant to bring online services to older cars that shipped without such connections built in. The module, which plugs into a car's diagnostic port, can diagnose mechanical problems, summon tow trucks or roadside assistance, or allow a live technician to access the car's computer remotely to suggest potential fixes. Jeff Leddy, chief executive officer of Verizon Telematics, told Bloomberg that the company wanted to offer people safety and security services first, which is why the initial batch of features mirror those of OnStar. It may later add turn-by-turn navigation or concierge services. The module is compatible with some 9,000 models released since 1996. Verizon did not say how much the module and associated service will cost, but said it plans to launch Verizon Vehicle during the second quarter.
T-Mobile Adds Free Roadside Assistance to SyncUp Drive
Apr 4, 2017
T-Mobile today improved the appeal of its SyncUp Drive product by adding access to Allstate Motor Club. T-Mobile is updating the mobile app that accompanies its in-car diagnostics and mobile hotspot tool to include free roadside assistance.
T-Mobile's SyncUP Drive Creates In-Car Hotspot
Nov 7, 2016
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.
Verizon Wants You To Rattle Along with Its New Hum Devices
Mar 22, 2017
Verizon today announced a revamp of its Hum line of connected car devices. Moving forward, consumers can choose one of three new options to keep their car in touch with Verizon's network.
Samsung Blames Note7 Recall On 2 Battery Problems
Jan 22, 2017
Samsung today said problems created during the manufacture of the Galaxy Note7's battery caused the phone to sometimes overheat and burst into flame. The company says two separate battery defects are at fault, but maintains nothing was wrong with the phone itself.
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