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      02-14-2017, 09:36 AM   #1
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Wifi Tethering

My 2013 328i xDrive Sport doesn't have wifi tethering but event current 2017 F30 LCI doesn't have this useful feature which you can find on all current Honda Civic.

Everyone nowadays have a data plan on their phones so why not include wifi tethering as standard feature so that you can always get internet connectivity?

Why BMW doesn't provide this feature? so that people can pay for 4G connectivity through Connected Drive subscription?
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      02-14-2017, 10:01 AM   #2
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When you're busy producing hot chicks and dancing around in funny looking shorts...., who has time dealing with all the technology hoobbly-boobbly .

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My 2013 328i xDrive Sport doesn't have wifi tethering but event current 2017 F30 LCI doesn't have this useful feature which you can find on all current Honda Civic.

Everyone nowadays have a data plan on their phones so why not include wifi tethering as standard feature so that you can always get internet connectivity?

Why BMW doesn't provide this feature? so that people can pay for 4G connectivity through Connected Drive subscription?
I don't even understand the need for this. If I can turn my phone into a wifi hotspot, why do I want to pay an additional subscription fee for another source of wifi?
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      02-14-2017, 11:17 AM   #4
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I don't even understand the need for this. If I can turn my phone into a wifi hotspot, why do I want to pay an additional subscription fee for another source of wifi?
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      02-14-2017, 11:19 AM   #5
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My 2013 328i xDrive Sport doesn't have wifi tethering but event current 2017 F30 LCI doesn't have this useful feature which you can find on all current Honda Civic.

Everyone nowadays have a data plan on their phones so why not include wifi tethering as standard feature so that you can always get internet connectivity?

Why BMW doesn't provide this feature? so that people can pay for 4G connectivity through Connected Drive subscription?
Your phone should support this feature, assuming you use a smartphone. If not, consider upgrading to one that does have the feature, and there you go.

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      02-14-2017, 11:28 AM   #6
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My 2013 328i xDrive Sport doesn't have wifi tethering but event current 2017 F30 LCI doesn't have this useful feature which you can find on all current Honda Civic.

Everyone nowadays have a data plan on their phones so why not include wifi tethering as standard feature so that you can always get internet connectivity?

Why BMW doesn't provide this feature? so that people can pay for 4G connectivity through Connected Drive subscription?
I will suggest it's because of all the different bands of different providers in different Countries (as well new bands coming on line).

For example, even the most recent Apple iPhone does not have a phone that operates on all the current bands and (for example) 1 model works with Verizon, ATT and TMobile while a different phone model operates with Sprint.

Here is a 2015 link and there have since been new bands activated by some networks since then not listed

http://www.droid-life.com/2015/02/05...print-tmobile/

Besides, If BMW thought they could make money on it, of course they would do it. But perhaps BMW owners are a different breed than Honda owners?

So as tex2670 stated, why bother?
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      02-14-2017, 11:39 AM   #7
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What I want to see if it has not happened on the new models is for iDrive to connect to my phone's hotspot.
And integrate Android Auto/CarPlay would be better. Current ConnectedDrive Apps are a joke.... a cruel one.
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My 2013 328i xDrive Sport doesn't have wifi tethering but event current 2017 F30 LCI doesn't have this useful feature which you can find on all current Honda Civic.

Everyone nowadays have a data plan on their phones so why not include wifi tethering as standard feature so that you can always get internet connectivity?

Why BMW doesn't provide this feature? so that people can pay for 4G connectivity through Connected Drive subscription?
The 3 series does have mobile WiFi hotspot as an option (6NW Wireless Charging). It comes with 3 months free, and then you have to sign up for a data plan from AT&T. I was debating whether to get it, but the info on it was so sparse I passed.

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Besides, If BMW thought they could make money on it, of course they would do it. But perhaps BMW owners are a different breed than Honda owners?
Chevy had a TV add promoting their in-car wifi. One of the "not an actors" reacted with "This is the dream." Perhaps Civic drivers believe the same way. I'll pass.
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The only use I could see is the kids could stream Netflix to their tablets during road trips. My guess is BMW typically doesn't offer it, since it burns through data. In my F30, it came with "free" connectivity for a staggered period of time (1 year for the connected apps, 3 for traffic, etc).

BMW would have to be footing the data bill back to the cellular carrier (whoever they are piggybacking on) though. GM just gives to x months or x data (whichever comes first) of connected wifi.
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Maybe Civic drivers need something to take their minds off their boring cars. Chevy drivers, for sure. My BMW is made for driving.
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You don't need in car wifi if you have it on your phone. Unless you use connected drive to send destinations to your car via your phone or PC.
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Nothing is "free". Since I'm already paying for Personal Hotspot with my iPhone and Verizon, I certainly don't want to pay BMW again for it.
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You don't need in car wifi if you have it on your phone. Unless you use connected drive to send destinations to your car via your phone or PC.
Connected drive speed blows anyway. I wouldn't want wifi connected to that.
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I get connectedrive for free for 4 years I think, but my car doesn't have wifi so not sure if that's included or it's extra charge for cars that have it. BMW uses AT&T which blows. I prefer Verizon.
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I get connectedrive for free for 4 years I think, but my car doesn't have wifi so not sure if that's included or it's extra charge for cars that have it. BMW uses AT&T which blows. I prefer Verizon.
You don't need to have the wifi option to send directions to car for example, just connected drive. You can check what options are available and/or active for your car at bmw's connected drive website. Also a way to pay to activate them of course.
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I get connectedrive for free for 4 years I think, but my car doesn't have wifi so not sure if that's included or it's extra charge for cars that have it. BMW uses AT&T which blows. I prefer Verizon.
You don't need to have the wifi option to send directions to car for example, just connected drive. You can check what options are available and/or active for your car at bmw's connected drive website. Also a way to pay to activate them of course.
I thought about it and figured it was probably extra charge anyway as internet access via the infotainment is extra charge. Adding wifi hot spot to your car likely costs extra similar to some cellphone plans charging extra for tethering, though many include a tethering allowance.
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