• Jun 26, 2008
Click above to view a video of Chrysler's uConnect in action.

At Chrysler's annual "What's New" gathering at its Chelsea Proving Ground, we were able to get a demonstration of the new uConnect Web system, which transforms any vehicle into a rolling WiFi hot spot. The hardware consists of a WiFi router with a built in wireless 3G modem. The 3G modem automatically connects to the internet and allows any WiFi enabled devices, such as a laptop, iPod Touch, Nintendo DS or XBox to connect, as long as you're within range of a cell signal. Chrysler is offering the system as a dealer installed option through it's Mopar parts division starting this August. Initially, it will only be available for 2009 models, but earlier models will be added further down the road. The system will cost about $500 installed plus $29 a month for unlimited service, and if you sign up for a two-year contract you get two months for free. Theoretically, you could use the system as your home internet service with your car parked in the garage, making the initial cost of installation and monthly service charges a bit more palatable. Check out a video of the demonstration we received after the jump.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      well they could also team up with electrolux and doubles your chyrsler 300c touring wagon's empty space with a washing machine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They say $29.00 a month "unlimited" just like Sprint said $59.00 a month unlimited. Last month Sprint put their tail between their legs and now magically there's a limit.

      Funny thing is this thing probably uses Sprint. Sprint could care less because they are losing 500,000 customers a quarter. They'll take any revenue they can get.

      LOL
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seriously? This is probably the dumbest thing yet. Why not save yourself $200.00 plus the monthly fee and buy one of these:

      http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/kr1-router/

      Then you can use the data card you already have an pay for, or use your phone for the modem.

      Now I see why Toyota is killing the domestic automakers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        mbaWhy spend $299 plus an additional service fee of at least $49 to use your EVDO capable cellphone when your cellular device probably already affords you the ability to be ude as an modem through your mobile carrier. Sounds like a whole lot of sand for the beach to me. With just my cell phone its USB connector, laptop power cord and the 12v power inverter, I am already tired of the messy apperance and inconvenience of this setup. Cudos to Chrysler and any other auto maker that can simplify the experience at a reasonable cost.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It'd be cool for the kids to play xbox live or they could all be on their each individual laptop..and it's only $30/month.. + 500 for installation. that's pocket change for most people. I don't know why everyone is complaining about it. It's no wonder America is crashing with all the cheap people out there.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The whole thing is a big scam. Its not like they created something new. DLink, Kyocera, and Cisco all offer the same thing. The only thing AutoNet did was put a different connector on it so its hardwired to the car. Its not like they created anything. They are buying bulk wholesale data from Sprint and reselling it. They offer "unlimited" in the car for $29.00 a month because if its hardwired in they don't expect people to use it for substantial amounts of data (less than a laptop card.) Pretty slick marketing ploy. However, I have a feeling they'll be filing for bankruptcy protection within a year because people will start using it as a main internet connection and they'll start using money. I'm sure there's some fine print in their terms of service that state they will shut you off if they deem you to be an excessive user.
        The funny thing is, all the above wireless routers I mentioned, ALL run on 12 volts internally. All you have to do is buy one for $200.00 and get a $5.00 cigarette lighter adapter from Radio Shack. Then just use the data plan you already have or at least you have something portable not stuck in your car.

        Bah... what a sham.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Supposed to be a reply, damn comment system
      • 6 Years Ago
      To respond to some previous questions:
      This system is half the rate for uploads and downloads of the mobile laptop cards offered from Verizon and AT&T.

      True they charge $60 a month for data plans (that's unlimited for both in Chicago) and that will offset the cost of the $500 unit in about 2 years. BUT in 2 years don't you think tech and/or wireless will advance?

      Yesterday Chrsyler did nto show the size of the unit either. EEGADS! that thing is huge

      100 ft = 30 yds. Is it 30 yds from the parking lot to the soccer field?

      Plus with a laptop card you can work in an airport or anywhere without being tethered to the car.

      And YES if you have a laptop with built in wifi and the mobile internet card it will act as a virtual wi-fi hotspot. My Lenovo thinkpad does this all the time. You have to protect it so other people don't use your internet.

      So in summation this is a big FAIL for Chrysler in my book. Big.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know. I personally don't see any use for this. Especially with cell phones that can do pretty much the same thing as Michael said.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Kids + Town & Country minivan..... come on, still can think of a use?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're right in the sense that it's probably easier for the average person to use. But considering the alternative 3G modems you can get for a laptop, and their actual cost, informed people would/should never go for this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $29/month just to have internet access in your car? There have been a few times I would like wifi in the car, but I'd never get that much use out of it.

      I pay $40/month for cable internet, I can't imagine paying almost as much for internet I will use 10% of the time, if that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      DOH

      ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      My boyfriend has a neat little 3G card that plugs into his laptop that already does the same thing. AT&T supplies the service, and it didn't cost $500, or $29 a month. Chrysler ought to check it out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So how much does it cost him per month then ? My AT&T unlimited data plan is about $60 a month...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe good for keeping kids or other passengers happy, but just another dangerous distraction for the driver. Thanks, but no thanks!
      • 6 Years Ago
      http://www.autonetmobile.com/

      Looks like the mopar version is less and less per month! I am going to install one in my Jeep and cancel my home internet account.

      Jason
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see $595 and $39/month on that site, respectively $95+$10/month more.
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