At CTIA Super Mobility in Las Vegas, AT&T and ZTE announced a portable mobile Wi-Fi hotsptot especially designed for vehicle use — the ZTE Mobley.
The ZTE Mobley plugs into a vehicle’s OBD II (on-board diagnostics) port. It works with most vehicles made after 1996. The device is powered by the car through the port. It allows up to five devices to connect to the Internet and use the hotspot data plan.
The ZTE Mobley has a Qualcomm MDM9215 processor, along with AT&T’s 4G LTE network for fast speed and performance. Wi-Fi automatically turns on when the car is on. Networks can be customized through AT&T’s Wi-Fi manager home page.
The ZTE Mobley is available for $0 with a two-year agreement or $100 with no annual commitment. The device can be added to the Mobile Share Value plan for an additional access charge of $10 a month or connected with DataConnect plan with monthly charges of $20 for 1GB or $30 for 3GB.
All devices that are connected to your hotspot use data from your plan’s data allotment. Overage charges apply if exceed monthly data allowance. Returning devices connect automatically & use data unless hotspot removed from device settings.
AT&T also offers the Car Connection 2.0 device for text blocking, speed alerts, driver scoring, vehicle maintenance notices, and more. that plugs right into the OBDII port in most vehicles 1996 and newer to send real-time updates wirelessly to compatible smartphones, tablets, or PCs. It can be used by parents with teen drivers, seniors, and small business owners. Car Connection 2.0 includes 24/7 emergency roadside assistance. Drivers can share their driver score and you can receive quotes from major insurance providers. The service also features stolen vehicle assistance and remote access via the app.
AT&T’s connected car platform now has the ability to connect to the company’s home security and automation service, AT&T Digital Life. This will enable automakers to integrate home security and automation services so customers can manage their home from the Digital Life app through the dashboard control panel and voice recognition of their car.