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author photo by Doug DeMuro April 2015

General Motors has recently enhanced its OnStar system for improved connectivity when you're in the car. Already known for automatic crash response, 24-hour roadside assistance and navigation, the system is now adding a 4G LTE connection to enhance existing services and add a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.

4G LTE Supports 7 Devices at Once

With GM's new 4G LTE connection, passengers can now play games, surf the Internet or check e-mails without using their device's data plan. Impressively, the on-board hot spot can support up to seven different devices at once, which could be handy during road trips with several friends or family members.

Minor Connection Issues

As for drawbacks, we've only found a couple. For one, the car has to be on to use the connection, which is a potential issue if you intend to use the Wi-Fi on job sites. Also, the system's 4G LTE coverage can be a bit spotty in the Midwest and the Rocky Mountain states.

Prices Vary

OnStar with 4G LTE is standard on most new General Motors cars, though it requires a subscription to use the services after an initial trial period has expired. As for pricing, plans vary greatly based on how many services you sign up for and how much data you use. Going all in on the system's features and subscriptions can easily run several hundred dollars per year, so you'll want to make sure you only sign up for what you need.

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