News by Michael Oryl on Monday December 14, 2009.
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Today automobile maker General Mobile announced that it is offering a new accessory for select Chevrolet cars that will turn them into rolling Wi-Fi hotspots. The new device, called Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile, is a dealer installed option that places a dock into a compatible car that powers a 3G mobile Wi-Fi router that can be moved between multiple vehicles. The system is compatible with Chevrolet's Equinox, Traverse, Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Avalanche, and Express vehicles.
GM claims that the mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is good for data downloads as fast as 1.5mbps, and can be used simultaneously by several people within the car or within a 150 foot radius, making it ideal for company picnics, emergency response teams, and camping families alike.
Through the end of 2009 the Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile is available for $199, after a $200 mail-in rebate, when purchased with a two-year service agreement. The service costs $29/mo for up to 1GB of monthly data and $59/mo for up to 5GB of monthly data. More information is available at the Autonet Mobile website.