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Audi Connects to T-Mobile on the Heels of its AT&T Merger

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Audi announced this week that it was teaming up with T-Mobile USA to provide a range of in-car information, which will come under the umbrella term of Audi Connect. The available features will include real-time traffic and weather updates, news, fuel prices, plus Google Earth images and Google's Local Search facility -- all controlled through voice activation. The system will also enable a car to become a secure Wi-Fi hotspot (wireless access to the internet for laptops, iPads, etc.).

The first car to offer this service will be the 2012 A7, due in April. An enhanced SIM card (Audi calls it "ruggedized") slots into the Multi Media Interface (MMI) port, where functions as varied as suspension settings and radio stations may be adjusted. Customers will have a free six-month trial and the SIM card can be activated at any point during or even after that period. The cost of subscription is $30 a month or $25 a month with a two-year prepaid contract. "That also includes 'all you can eat' data," said Audi of America spokesman Brad Stertz.

The next 2012 cars sporting Audi Connect will be the A8, the A6 and the Q7 -- all set to debut later this year. Looking further into the future, a hybrid version of the Q5 compact crossover will also offer this option. It's all part of a bigger program in which Audi is investing $16 billion in new products and technologies over the next few years.

Audi's announcement came hot on the heels of news that T-Mobile was being bought by AT&T from its owners, Deutsche Telekom, for $39 billion (subject to federal approval). Although AT&T has been named "worst carrier" by Consumer Reports, judged on factors like voice and data services, support, and overall value, the merger may bode well for the brand.

T-Mobile currently has the largest 4G network in the United States. That means the fourth generation of cellular wireless, capable of operating at speeds of 100 megabits per second, around six times quicker than 3G. So 4G is fast enough to stream video to a phone.

For consumers, it remains to be seen whether they will benefit from the outcome or not, but AT&T's plan to create a large enough platform to launch its next-generation 4G LTE wireless internet is the ultimate reason the monopolizing merger has not been stopped by governing agencies before it started. Even so, the AT&T purchase could take a year to finalize.

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