Agreed, like you I'm cynical about their intentions and I realize no car manufacturer will be altruistic enough to do that. Doesn't stop me from being annoyed about it thoughToddA1966 wrote: ↑Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:22 pmBut then how would they be able to charge you $12/month for the basic Connect plan after the 3 year trial runs out?alozzy wrote: ↑Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:28 pm
They should have used an off the shelf daughter card, like those found in cell phones, and provided a SIM card or the option to use your own SIM. Also, they could easily incorporate Wifi connectivity, so that you can choose to connect to your home Wifi or a cell phone hotspot as an alternative to a dedicated 3g or 4g data plan.
This is the same nonsense we put up with with GPS asset trackers for pets, bikes, cars etc. Rather than grab your own prepaid SIM that costs you $2/month, you get to pay a $10-20/month subscription fee for the "tracking service".
Stanton's comment, earlier in this thread, is what got me going:
I agree with gmcjetpilot, it's the Orwellian nature of these embedded technologies, and IoT devices in general, that really bothers me.I'm not going to get into a debate over the technical aspects of telematics: the fact is, the Leaf will continue to operate over cellular (not WiFi)...which is a very good thing